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“Mixed bag”
Review of Port Minervois

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Port Minervois
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Homps
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 August 2010

We've booked this accommodation through the travel agency. We have been travelling with the family of two young kinds. We have been staying there two weeks in the two room house.

I've done quite some research upfront but as usual in the end the devil sleeps in details. On the arrival we had very positive experience. The ladies at the reception are very friendly, they speak many languages (French, native English and Dutch) and are very customer oriented. The resort is placed on the outskirts of the small village with a picturesque view on the mountains, valley and vineyards. Really beautiful location.
There is a nice small football field and you can play also a basket ball.

The complex is newly built. The rooms are spacious, kitchen is quite well equipped, the furniture is tasteful and of a decent quality. The terrain is kept clean. The plants that grow on the location have been carefully chosen and create a nice atmosphere.

Unfortunately every day we have been confronted with small disadvantages that in the end have piled up to an unacceptable level.

First of all the pool appeared to be extremely small to accommodate all the people that wanted to swim on the hot day. In the hottest moments the people had to stand literally next to each other continuously bouncing that in the end started to cause irritation between some guests.

The water filtering equipment was not dimensioned for such a crowd either so in the end the water in the pool became dirty and few of us started to have some problems with spots on the skin that luckily were gone as soon as we stopped swimming.

If you decided to stay out of the pool it was unfortunately also impossible. The number of the sun beds around the pool was also way too low. Many of the people who did not use the pool were leaving their belongings on the beds to make it look like they were reserved which made the situation even worse. In the end many people were placing their towels on the concrete ground and were trying to get some rest there.

The terrace of our house supposed to have ivy roof. It will take unfortunately few more years before the plant will grow to create a roof there. As a result of that our terrace was unusable until say 18:00 – 19:00. It was way too hot there.

The playground for the kids is very basic with just a few basic toys. There is no animation for the kids either. After a week the kids stated to get bored.

The village Homps seems to be dying out. I’ve seen just a few elderly people on the streets there. The last bar has been closed and is for sale now. There are a few restaurants for the tourists but there is no place in the village where you could enjoy a drink or two.

That brings me to the point that made me regret that I have chosen that location. Even though I’m not British I have accepted that English is an international language and I simply use it when I’m abroad. This unfortunately is not the case at the bar in the Port Minervois. The grumpy owner of the bar at the location informed me during the second week of my stay that we are in France now and if I want to be served in his bar than I MUST speak French. I found it quite shocking remark. It’s not the service that I’ve been expecting for more than a thousand Euros. Even though I did not bother much it made me fell unwelcomed there. I stopped going to the bar anyway.

To confirmed my negative experiences for the farewell we have been fined with a 6 Euros fine for a broken glass. The lady from the reception agreed with us that this is a ridiculous price but she could not do anything about it. You could buy a whoe box of such a crappy glasses at IKEA. That has just confirmed that I should not recommend this location to anyone.

We have had a great time during this holidays but this was not thanks to the accomodation at Port Minervois. It was despite of.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

We stayed in a 4 bedroomed villa with private pool for one week in August. Our group consisted of two adults, two 16 year olds and a 10 year old. The ground floor of the villa had a kitchenette and a living/dining area, two bedrooms (one double and one twin) and a family bathroom. The bedrooms and bathroom could be shut off from the living area by a door, which would be good if you had younger children who needed to go to bed earlier than you. The kitchenette was very small but had an oven, microwave, a fridge/freezer and a dishwasher so was functional. One annoying point was that all the crockery and cutlery were in a dresser on the other side of the villa, which was a bit of a pain when you were trying to cook and serve up. On the first floor there was another twin bedroom with an en-suite shower room.

The villas had all the basic amenities plus air con, which was a godsend at it often hit the 30s during our week. It would have been nice to have a couple of sun loungers or to have had the option of hiring them, but according to reception, this was not possible.

The pool was brilliant with a solar operated pool cover which meant you didnt get up in the morning and find lots of bugs doing the backstroke in it!

The site itself is split into two areas: Port Minnervois (where you will find reception, a communal pool, the shop/restaurant/cafe and the gym (sadly, most of the equipment was broken - probably because they allow children to "play" in there). We stayed on Les Hauts du Lac which was about 200 metres away - across a kind of no-mans land which was gated at both ends. On our side there was a laundry room (though at 6 Euros per wash - I only used this once), a smaller communal pool and access to the Lake. My son and his friend spent an afternoon at the Lake, sunbathing and hiring canoes - they really enjoyed it there.

We found all the staff at Coralia to be very friendly and helpful. They were very patient with our attempts at French, but reception spoke perfect English when we got stuck mid sentence.

We loved the peace and quiet and the views. We disliked the lack of privacy in the gardens between villas though. Overall, we had a wonderful week there and would recommend Port Minervois.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Port Minervois

Address: Route du lac, 11200 Homps, France
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Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Homps
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Homps
Price Range: £28 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Port Minervois 3*
Number of rooms: 159
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This resort is situated along the Canal du Midi, which has been classified by Unesco as a Word Heritage site, and is next to Homps; a magnificent small typical Languedoc village. The Jouarres Lake is a paradise for water sports or a tranquil place to relax. Here you'll find everything that makes it possible to enjoy a high quality holiday in a rare and authentic place. The residence proposes 2, 3, 4, 5 room villas as well as villas with a private swimming pool. Reception (free Wifi, limited access), 2 swimming pools of approximately 150m² (open from the end of March until the end of October), laundry, fitness room, hammam, whirlpool, 2 tennis courts, beach-volley, mini-golf, games room, table tennis, play area for children, sports ground, "petanque" area, bar and minimarket (opening hours may vary during the season). This place is ideally located to visit this unique land, the Minervois, the Cathar country, its cellars and wine domains. ... more   less 
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