Given the "chain" nature of its name, I was expecting a budget hotel, and, to a certain extent, that's what you get here. Rooms are reasonably sized, a little characterless, but very clean. En suite facilities again very clean and, provided you are not an overweight traveller, absolutely fine. I found the air con a little noisy, but ear plugs sorted that out. Despite the fact that the photos suggest it is rather on the side of the road, there is a good distance between carriageway and hotel and the road is not at all busy at night, so car noise not an issue.
Totally disagree with a previous reviewer about its location. Yes, it's in the middle of nowhere in that it's between towns, but it is CERTAINLY close enough to St Emilion to be used as a base. You can either go direct on the main road for about 20 minutes, or meander around "route des vins" circuits and immerse yourself in some beautiful countryside and some quaint villages. Also, 10 minutes drive from Pessac, where you can hire canoes from a very well organised set up.
For me, this was also ideally situated, as it was a short drive from Chateau Soulac, where I was attending a wedding. 25 euros taxi ride during the day, 40 euros at 3 am, although I wasn't drinking and was able to drive both ways.
The HUGE plus for the hotel, however, is its staff. Excellent cleaner, based on the standards I saw, and owned by the a truly charming couple. They took the place over in September 2012, coming out of retirement to do so. I was silly enough not to eat there on the first night, as the dining/reception area is a little bland and soulless and I went on appearances. However, having tasted Madame's home made jam at breakfast the following morning and having seen the menu I missed, I was kicking myself. Everything was freshly cooked, ranging from omelettes made from eggs produced by the chickens in the field at the back of the hotel, via fresh salmon, to steak tartare . On the morning of my departure, Madame bid me farewell at breakfast, saying that she might not be back from the market in time to see me again. I had visions of her returning laden with goodies for that night's menu!
So this is budget, chain hotel rooms and facilities, with all that implies in terms of blandness, but, in the end, so much more thanks to a charming elderly couple who have given it their own twist. There were 6 other guests from the wedding staying there and we all agreed that it was such a pleasant surprise to find a warm, friendly, personal level of service. Try it and see.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel is on west from Bergerac(30km). It's a new building (3 years ago), with shower in bathroom and air conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fasthotel En Bergeracois Montcaret, France - Dordogne