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“Idyllic retreat in the Pyrenees”
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Chateau De Riell
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Toronto, Canada
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“Idyllic retreat in the Pyrenees”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

We felt at home from the moment we arrived. The hotel staff were welcoming and attentive and the setting outstanding. The old chateau has a wonderfully authentic eccentricity about it. The decor, the tiny elevator, the more recent breakfast room addition, the dungeon and the rooftop pool conversion make it a truly unique experience. It definitely has an old world charm that allows you to imagine that you are living in another era. We hiked to the ruins on top of the hill across the river and then spent a half day with my daughter and her fiance at the roof top pool which we had entirely to ourselves. The meals and the service were excellent. The rooms were large, interesting and very comfortable. This was our first visit and our daughter's second. We'll be back again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

An excellent Relais et Chateaux hotel in the heart of the Pyrenees mountains in the village of Molitg-les-Bains.

This was my second time in this hotel. Superb and friendly service and outstanding gastronomy.
Pricey but worth every Euro.

I shall return

Room Tip: We had the Aubépine room. Outstanding!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Castillon-du-Gard, France
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Organising a wedding for 40 people on behalf of a couple living in the UK requires a certain professionalism, which the staff at the Chateau de Riell certainly showed that they have in plenty. Most of the organisation was done by email, with one short visit a few weeks before the event, and all went exactly according to plan. The staff were attentive and obliging at all times, all the myriad small personal details which the bride and groom had requested were attended to, the venue, the flowers, the meals and the general atmosphere could not have been better. The numerous photographs of the hotel on trip advisor illustrate in what an interesting building and beautiful part of the country the hotel is situated better than any words. The hotel itself is very comfortable and well worth a trip in itself. Many thanks to the staff for making the wedding a great success.

Room Tip: All the rooms are large, comfortable and well appointed, with good views. Rooms with a view of the C...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Abilene
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

One can imagine riding a horse up the steep valley 100 years ago and turning a corner to see this beautiful Chateau overlooking the cascading river below. The same experience awaits you as you drive your car up the twisting roadway to Chateau De Riell. On arrival a very gracious team attended to our every need. Indeed it was impressive, as my wife and I rode up two floors, the alacrity with which the hostess ascended the staircase to meet us outside of our room. The room overlooking the valley and pool was decadent and comfortable. The rooftop pool (which we had to ourselves!) provided a surreal experience on top of French Chateau looking out over the eastern Pyrenees. Dinner was again a magnificent experience with tasty alternatives offered up for my vegetarian palate and an excellent wine selection to accompany the meal. The grounds offer hours of beautiful scenery to wander through, including waterfalls, canyons, tennis courts, playgrounds for children, and several wading areas in the river. Service at the bar, restaurant and poolside was also spectacular with suggestions and attention that were spot on. Terrific Stay!

Room Tip: The Castle Rooms were terrific, but I have no experience with the other choices.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

This 3-day stay was the highlight of our 10 days trip, passing from the coast to mountains in the Pyrenees Orientales. The small nearby village is perfect, the chateau's location is perfect, the roof-top pool was perfect for our 1.5 year off to cool off in (it was 30-38 degrees in August), in addition to the "normal" pool at ground level. Our large corner room was amazing (can't recall the name, but it was at the 1st floor and has the restroom shower & bath, all in a separate "corner turret", overlooking the forest. The breakfasts are excellent (they do take a while to arrive but its worth the wait). Very friendly staff, and concierge very knowledgable about matching the region with our own interests for the day. It's a great base to explore the river walks and mountains and attractions of this diverse area. A unique place to stay. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Our large corner room was amazing (can't recall the name, but it was at the 1st floor and has th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2013

We booked this hotel for 3 days to celebrate a special occasion. The location of this property is magnificent, however, we were placed in a room (in the castle as requested) facing the entrance driveway and could not enjoy the view anywhere else because of bad weather. The room was cavernous, relatively small and over-furnished. On arrival, we booked our dinner at the restaurant and let them know of our celebration. They offered to put flowers on our table and bring in a desert with a candle. To our surprise, and under poring rain, we found out that the restaurant is in a separate building and that we have to walk outside to get there. At this point we went back to the room to bring in outdoor clothes. The meal was nice, but there were neither flowers no candles. When I inquired, I was told that the restaurant did not receive any communication from reception about our special celebration.
After reading other comments in this site, we decided not to have the expensive breakfast on location, but go to the nearby village and have a more reasonable breakfast on a simple but quaint covered terrace. I would recommend others do the same. For dinner, we tried (and enjoyed) the restaurant at the nearby hotel which houses the spa for this hotel. There we had a very good meal at a more reasonable price. In sum, we enjoyed the experience, but there is room for improvement.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with mountain view in a higher floor.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Once again, found this thanks to Travelzoo. Never been on our mind to visit this area of France. Sadly, we were only here for three nights. We stayed in one of the adjoining cottages(Cedre), which was lovely and cosy, and bizarrely Gaudi-inspired. We ate in the restaurant for the first night, and yes, at 60 Euros a head, a tad steep, but excellent food in a beautiful room. The breakfast was great, luckily included in our package, what a glorious view. Also included was a 2 hour session in the Thermes(Grand Hotel), not my cup of tea, but the best ever see, or so I was informed by my better half. The drive from Perpignan was wonderful, beautiful windy roads through stunning scenery, albeit somewhat narrow in places, but hey, how dya put an A road up mountains. Places to eat, Grand Hotel was good, a small Bistro up the Hill in Molitg village, excellent and Ferme Auberge on the Mousset road. Duck and Veal at it's best. The staff were very accommodating and friendly, my French being somewhat ancient and lacking. had a quick look at a room before we left, stunning. We will be back

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chateau De Riell
Address: Chemin des Bains, 66500 Molitg-les-Bains, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Pyrenees-Orientales > Molitg-les-Bains
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Molitg-les-Bains
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Chateau De Riell 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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