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“Great Place for A Stopover” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Le Griffon d'Or

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Hotel Le Griffon d'Or
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Bourg-en-Bresse
Certificate of Excellence
West Malling, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Place for A Stopover”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

We used the Griffon D'Or to split our journey to the Alps. Turned out to be an excellent choice.
The Hotel was renovated just a couple of years ago to the highest standards. The rooms are all individually decorated (we managed to get two adjoining rooms, handy with younger kids), it has a relaxing lounge with a pool table, and the jacuzzi was very welcome after a long days travel.
The only downside is that there is no restaurant, but the staff will happily recommend one of the local restaurants. I would definitely stay there again on my way to the mountains

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank Chrisssyboy16
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francoisandre, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Griffon d'Or, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Good evening Chrisssyb...,
thank your for your comment about our hotel. It's true Bourg-en-Bresse is ideally located way to the south (Alps, Italy, Côte d'Azur...). That's why we have more and more regular families during february and march week-ends.
See you again.

Aurélie et François André
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

Booked this for a break in our journey en-route to the Alps based on the reviews on this site. Beautiful hotel, lovely rooms and staff very friendly and helpful recommending a selection of restaurants in town, all within easy walking distance.

As per other reviews we did have breakfast and were very impressed with the selection of local produce which incidently was delicious, far too easy to eat way too much!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Lisa C
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francoisandre, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Griffon d'Or, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Good afternoon Lisa C
thank you for your kind review. You are many to make a stopover in Bourg en Bresse, that's why i'm always proud and happy it's in my place. We like to meet new people.
So we wait next year to see you again ?
Best regards.
Aurélie et François André
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Haworth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

Chose this hotel as it was approximately half way to Calais from the Riviera and had excellent reviews. We certainly weren't disappointed. Free town centre parking, English speaking staff and the building is just fantastic. Rooms were a delight, couldn't fault them. Had a great nights sleep and a good breakfast. If you're visiting the area, this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank TheRedHelmet
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francoisandre, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Griffon d'Or, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Good afternoon,
thank you very much for your comment about us. We are lucky that Bourg-en-Bresse is so well located way to holidays : Riviera and Alpes.
We hope see you again.
Regards.Aurélie et François André
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

This hotel was an oasis after a turbulent week. The service was personal, the room was spacious, tastefully appointed and comfortable. The breakfast was lovely as was the hot tub. Not a luxury hotel but a charming boutique hotel that is easily the finest hotel in the area.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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1 Thank cursedandblessed
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Lancs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

I'm sure I read on TA that it was worth stopping in Bourg just to stay at this hotel. Well, I understand what they meant. Really helpful staff, a lovely if unorthodox room, a pool table (!) in a luxurious lounge area, a spa and THAT breakfast. All locally sourced and beautifully prepared and set out. I could have stayed all day.

Bourg is not pretty-pretty France but the centre is very attractive in a workmanlike way. The famous abbey is well worth a visit but closes at lunchtime.

And we discovered a typically French brasserie (recommended by the hotel) that was a joy to sit in for 2 hours - watching the locals seriously enjoy their food (see my review of Le Francais).

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank groucho2804
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francoisandre, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Griffon d'Or, responded to this review, 30 November 2013
good morning,
thank you for your review about the hotel. For us, breakfast should be an important moment and shouldn't be neglected. That's why we spend a lot of time to prepare it. Nothing comes out of a freezer and we are proud to work with almost local products from local growers, makers, artisans.
Thank you again.
See you soon.
François André
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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

As a family of 2 adults and a 7 year old girl we have just returned from a wedding in the surrounding area of Bourg en Bresse. After reading the reviews we opted to stay at Le Griffon for 2 nights. From the moment we arrived the welcome and hospitality from the owner, his wife and staff was genuinely warm and friendly. They went out of their way ensuring we knew the correct directions and had sufficient time to the church and registry office durning the day and ordered the taxi's both to and from the evening venue. this may sound easy enough but they were a good 20Km apart and there is a very limited taxi service in Bourg, without their assistance we would have been stuck,lost or late on more than one occasion.

Rooms are bright and tastefully decorated, interior lovingly restored, plenty of parking and a good quality breakfast. Have to give 5 stars across the board.

  • Stayed October 2013
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1 Thank TonyMartin1972
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francoisandre, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Griffon d'Or, responded to this review, 30 November 2013
good morning Sir,
thank you very much for your review about us. It's also part of our work to bring you our assistance.
We're glad you enjoyed your stay in Bourg en Bresse.
We hope see you soon.
Best regards.
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London, UK
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313 reviews
141 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

It's the usual five star/four star dilemma. The Griffon d'Or is not a luxury hotel with extensive grounds and grand public areas, a Michelin-starred restaurant and Bulgari toiletries in the bathroom, but I'm going to give it five stars anyway.

You can guess the reasons if you read the other reviews. Bourg-en-Bresse, pleasant though it is, is not a town crammed with startling things to see, and once you've got past the huge metal chicken at the motorway service station a few miles north it all looks a bit ordinary. From outside the Griffon d'Or doesn't stop you dead in your tracks with wonder. Once you find the entrance, however, the pleasant surprises begin. It is an elegant conversion, and the rooms are clean and light and comfortable, with imaginative use made of old beams. The bathrooms are well-equipped. The staff could not be more helpful; they went out of their way to consider which restaurant in town might cater for our daughter's food allergies, and rang ahead to make a reservation for us (they got it right, too, and she was able to eat poulet de Bresse on its home ground, so to speak). And all this for not a lot more than we paid for far less well-appointed places with half the character elsewhere on our trip. The only gripe that we had was that they didn't keep the breakfast buffet stocked as quickly as they might have done, but I'm not going to knock a star off for that.

The hotel has not always been called the Griffon d'Or, but the owners have clearly read the Harry Potter books, and know a niche in the market when they see one.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ian C
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francoisandre, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Griffon d'Or, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Good morning,
a very nice message to read. An original one. Thank you.
When we have a look on your reviews, we see you don't easily give the best mark. So we're proud to be among 5 stars. I'm even happier because my wife and i were not here (but we heard about you) and my staff did the job more than very properly. A new opportunity for me to thank my team : Véronique, Marie-Christine, Isidora, Marie, and welcome to Sylvie, with us for 3 weeks, and good luck to Grégory.
To answer on Harry Potter niche, you're right. We know what we did. But the hotel was already called Hôtel le Griffon d'or, in the19th century ! Then the name has been changed into Hotel des Négociants. When we bought the Hôtel des Négociants 3 years ago, it was necessary to change name, because it was too basic. And it was easy to find a new one.
Hope see you again

François André
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Property: Hotel Le Griffon d'Or
Address: 10 rue du 4 Septembre, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Ain > Bourg-en-Bresse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Bourg-en-Bresse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Le Griffon d'Or 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
17 Rooms hotel, in the heart of Bourg-en-Bresse. Totally renovated in 2011, each room is different. Free parking, locked garage. Free jacuzzi and sauna. ... more   less 
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