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Hotel La Charpiniere
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Galmier
Certificate of Excellence
Luton, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
127 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Fine hotel, excellent restaurant, don't understand the poor reviews”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

We chose this needing an overnight stop on the way from the Riviera to the Loire but might not have done had we read the recent reviews on this site beforehand. It is basically a new hotel built around an old round tower (now used for a couple of suites). There was plenty of parking near the hotel entrance, and it's basically in the countryside but not far from the village, so no serious traffic noise.

Our room was quite large and well equipped and had free wifi. It was on the ground floor with a small terrace to sit on in the evening sunshine, with the swimming pool just across the grass.

There are two restaurants and we booked for the "gastronomic" one. This provided us with excellent means at a quite modest price. The hotel was also hosting a wedding group and a small conference - the restaurant staff managed to insulate us pretty successfully from the noise of the groups who were dining nearby. The breakfast next morning was in the bisto area and was fair to middling..

While the decor is a bit "Novotel" (as someone said) with lots of beige and brown, the location, rooms, food and facilities were perfectly good and I'd be happy to stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Udine, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

Very quiet location in this small and nice village. The Hotel just renovated last year, all rooms are spacious and confortable,bathroom and shower clean and large.
No frigo bar.
Just a few international TV channels.
Wi-fi on payment, no good signal in the rooms far away from lobby.
Gym(small and just a few tools),SPA(by reservation) and outdoor swimming pool (for summer).
Breakfast very poor for this location and without service.
Restaurant with French cuisine.
So great location with some details to revise on service.

Price AVG with tax 100€ x night.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

St Galmier is not a destination (unless you are a disciple of Auguste Badoit). So this is a transit hotel. Despite the carefully angled photos on the websites, which contrive to give the impression that the buildings are quite old, this is essentially a brand-new building. To that extent, it very much resembles a Novotel, but has even less warmth or charm.
The receptionist was friendly and showed us to our room. The room itself was of a good size and with an excellent bathroom. The shower was particularly impressive. Unfortunately the large bed turned out to be most uncomfortable.
Although the hotel boasted a gourmet restaurant, we were only gIven the option of dining in the bistro. The meal was adequate, but the experience somewhat soulless.
After an indifferent night's sleep, the real low point was breakfast. One girl on duty, whose sole function was to clear tables and who made no attempt at service. Ok, this was a buffet breakfast, but this was the ultimate DIY meal - boil your own eggs, pour your own coffee from a thermos and toast your own bread - except that there was no bread suitable for toasting.
This place is not a good advert for French hotels - we've stayed in a lot of far better, much cheaper establishments. It only gets 3 blobs because of its excellent plumbing!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

This was our third one night stay at this hotel (we've stayed here previous years), which has been recently bought. The new owners are in the process of renovating the place and, as a consequence, there's a lot of work going on (which the hotel warned us about when we made our reservation.) As it turned out, this caused us no problem whatsover. The rooms are just as nice, the beds just as comfortable as they've always been, and the location just as quiet (its part of the relais de silence organization) in a pretty park not far from the main part of town.

Friends from the area joined us for dinner, which we all found to be absolutely excellent, with an attentive and friendly service. We all took the 25 Euro menu which consisted of a starter, main dish and dessert. My wife and I shared a half bottle of wine (our friends didn't drink) and the total came to about 112 Euros.

The room was 85 euros (off season.)

I have to say that I'm flabberghasted by the comments made by another reviewer (in French) about the food and overall poor rating that he/she gave the restaurant and hotel. Like that reviewer, my wife and I are frequent restaurant diners, and we stay at a lot of hotels during the course of the year. Our experience here was diametrically different than theirs and our stay apparently only one day apart!

On the other hand, it has to be said that the breakfast was expensive and really quite meager. Not a good value at all.

If you have a dog, it should also be noted that they charged 12 Euros extra for our little Cairn Terrier.

Because of the ongoing construction, the parking lot is a bit chewed up at the moment. However it's within the grounds of the park, in front of the hotel and I would think quite safe.

Room Tip: I would think that all the rooms should be very quiet.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Charpiniere
Address: Lieu dit la Charpiniere, 42330 Saint-Galmier, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Loire > Saint-Galmier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Galmier
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Charpiniere 4*
Number of rooms: 46
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