We had high expectations of this hotel/restaurant but were sorely disappointed. To begin with, the place is extremely hard to find. We had a detailed map but it didn’t help. We drove down a narrow track for several kilometres before giving up and returning to Sevignacq-Meyracq. There we found some friendly locals who not only gave us directions but led us in their van down the same narrow track. We would never have found the hotel without their assistance; there were no obvious signposts to an establishment well off the beaten track. When we checked in, we were particularly peeved to find that the young woman in charge had passed us earlier on the track, where we had stopped to check our map, and hadn’t bothered to stop and offer help.
The pleasant rural ambience was spoilt by a rowdy bunch of macho Frenchmen who seemed to be having a boys’ weekend away. The hotel’s proprietor (M. Paroix) was conspicuous by his absence and we had the feeling that we were being handled by the B-Team. The one really positive aspect of our stay was the food which was excellent. However there was no house wine available and we had the distinct impression that the staff were prepared to fob us off with anything on the wine list rather than making genuine recommendations.
Our room was OK but nothing special and thankfully, the rowdy guys seemed to have worn themselves out before our bedtime and we had a good night’s sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hôtel les Bains de Secours is situated 20 km south of Pau, at the entrance of the Ossau Valley, one of the most beautiful Valleys in the Pyrenean mountain range for the variety of the naturals sites and where you will see the rich culture and strong traditions. ... more less
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