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“Perfection at 6 Stars”

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Le Relais Bernard Loiseau
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Saulieu
Certificate of Excellence
NY/Westport/Provence
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“Perfection at 6 Stars”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

This hotel and restaurant of the family of Bernard Loiseau is in a word.....Merveilleux! Stellar Perfection! The best R&C stay we've experienced in many years. How rare when you experience a destination that EXCEEDS your expectations.
We arrived in Salieu, a picture perfect tiny Burgundy town (great little antique shop...btw) on a rainy afternoon but the rain stopped as we pulled up to this unassuming 5* hotel/3* restaurant. The wonderful experience began the moment our car pulled into the reception area for cars. I had a lovely conversation with the man who greets guests and we both discovered that we spend much time in Provence so we were going on in French for a bout 5 minutes until my partner discretely cleared his throat :) We entered this stunning lobby/ reception area and knew in 'deux seconds' that we were in for a treat. Unlike the disaster at 'Levernois', the Relais Loiseau has found the perfect balance in giving one the sense that you are in a restored historic manor /chateau (which it was/is) while still having discrete modern amenities and beautiful design and detail throughout the complee main public area of which there are several rooms..with ancient fireplaces .where you can take a glass of wine..or whatever you desire. Each room is distinct and absolutely flawless in giving one the sense that the owners have thought of everything to give you a maximum sense of well being with a hint of rustic burgundian charm and 21 century luxe. The staff could not have been more superlative. Our greeter who also showed us around the complete ground salons and the Dining room (unlike Levernois) also showed us the original DR from the trun of the 20thC when the chateau was made first, a hotel. We were upgraded to a deluxe room from a superior and when I thanked the hostess she said " Ca nous fait plaisir de pouvoir donner A nos clients, tout qu'il faut pour un sejour tres content' (We do all we can to give our guests the best stay possible) Well! i was a fan for life. A lovely glass elevator took us up to the 1st floor where our beautifully appointed room was waiting, balcony and so many extras galore. The same employee was with us and explained eerything about the room.where the gym was...the wine cave,,our dinner ..and breakfast. Now that is 5* R&C service. Our room was just perfect. Rustic traditional Burgundian wood beams on the ceiling and a beautiful antique planked floor with a lay out that made this nice sized space feel even more luxurious. A corner nook for writing and working, a salon area for sitting in an antique 'Voltaire fateuil and 'what had to be' an 18thC buffet. A nice cross between informal country of classic Burgundy design. The bathroom had many extras and was gigantic with a separate shower and bath and a separate rom for the toilette and the attention to detail was beautiful. We were very happy with this room! We quickly walked around Salieu and then settled in one of the Salons ordering the best 'Chocolat chaud' we'd had in along time. I worked out for a bit in the small but well equipped gym and went back to the room to enjoy the serenity of the view. ... But the piece de resistance. The dinner! We had taken the option of a full dinner of M. Loiseau's classic complete with wine. Tout compris. Could it have been more generous and worth every penny? We were ushered into the salon with a massive fireplace next to the beautiful dining room where we were offered our first wine course, a glass of Deutz one of the top Champagnes, worldwide. We were served several amuses-bouches after the host made it clear that they had made me a slightly different menu as I had written them two months prior, that I am allergic to seafood and also not partial to fish. We were brought into the breathtaking dining room where we had a table looking out over the garden. We were served another amuse-bouche that was my favorite of all three. A small cup of a chilled melange of vegetables in puree over roasted eggplant. Formidable! The wine offerings were all tops and delicious. Montrachet-puligny to start, a fuller bodied beaujolais and a gem of a Gevrey-Chambertin with the main course. I honestly could not finish the dessert wine! The 5 course meal was exquisite. A starter of a vegetable tart done over a local cheese mixed in a slight gel. Fresh tiny versions of vegetables on the top. the texture and taste sensation was amazing. I then had the signature breast of duck that had been smoked and slightly glazed with a mixture of honey and lavender with the most delicious vegetables and new potatoes I had ever had the pleasure to taste. Flavor exploding in your mouth as you tasted the Chambertin which complimented the dish. My partners second entree was lake trout and mine was a simple lamb shank braised in a light juice to perfection. I love Epoisse cheese and the town of 'Epoisse' is very close. When I saw a plate of Epoisse at perfect temperature with more of the homemade breads that made M. Loiseau so famous, I was in heaven. We had a tasting of desserts and by that point....we managed to finish it off because the combination of small fondants and salted caramel sauce over fruits soaked in a very mild juice that had a touch of cognac...well...it was extraordinary. Oh.....a petit soufle was the special of the tastings that night. We took our tea in another room which is the wine tasting area. The modern oneotephique(?) (oneoteca (in italian)..big wine storage vault with the ability to pour from more than a thousand bottles) was incredible to regard and the sommelier gave us a short tour of how it worked which was fascinating. What a perfect evening. Breakfast was in the original dining room from the 1900's and it was also wonderful. 4 different preserves made very recently from fresh fruit and breads made that morning. Fresh orange juice, muffins, cheeses, eggs (if wished), a speciality of the maison a morning light 'rice pudding', baguettes, yogurt and...all brought to your table. No buffet at this establishment. We left after noon very, very content in knowing we had put our big night in the right hotel/restaurant 5* and beyond. We will remember the experience for many years but hopefully...we will be able to return very soon to enjoy this very special Temple to Gastronomy and 'the sense of well being' that a guest should experience at a place of this caliber.
Bravo to the Famille Loiseau.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We decided to stay here on our way back to Paris--and because of the excellent reviews of the restaurant. We made a good decision. The hotel and staff are outstanding. The room was beautiful--overlooking the garden area and restaurant below. Very large room, comfortable, and quiet. Although the restaurant was a little spendy the food was outstanding and worth the gourmet experience. Excellent wine selection.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

We would like to keep our review for the Relais Bernard Loiseau quite short:
- our room (a junior suite) was lovely (spacey, with a broad chimney, nice colours)
- the bathroom was broad, the shower worked really good (a quite rare experience in hotels of every level), there was a nice separate make up table (well equipped)
- the breakfast is very oppulent (served at the table with a nice choice of sweet, sour, milky and fruity things)
- the SPA is small, but well equipped and done professionally - not extraordinary, but ok
The restaurant is simply fantastic, the prices for the wines a normal regarding the region, the digestives are rather expensive. The chef has a plan and it was a real delight to taste the degustation menu on the first evening and the á la carte dishes on the second evening. We will add a more refined review later.
By the way: if you can speak French it´s a big advantage, definitely ;-)

Room Tip: We had a room to the garden. We think that´s a big advantage.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jenniferbechard, Responsable commercial at Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, responded to this review, 28 June 2013
Dear Madam, Sir,

We really thank you for your fidelity to Le Relais Bernard Loiseau and for your compliments.

Your feedback is highly appreciated as this will help us in providing you better service in the future.

It is our pleasure to serve you. And we are looking forward to welcoming you soon.

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

I have spend a week-end there, I really the quality of sleep, the garden, the whole building, salons, rooms, pool table and the SPA.
The most amazing time of this week-end was, of course, the lunch at the 3 stars restaurant, which was my life's best gastronomical experience.
The breakfast is also very good, I enjoyed some local products and a dark fruit syrup, exceptional jam, even the butter was amazing....

I really recommend this place to gather your family or to relax with your husband or wife and experiment one of the world's best restaurant for a affordable price.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 November 2012 via mobile

Fantastic experience. Rooms are very well decorated, very clean, some have a little terrace, great bed. The spa was perfect for a facial or a massage.
The restaurant is probably one of the very best. Could go into great detail about each course. Didn't feel too full at the end of the meal because they get it just right. I now judge most of my dining experiences on Bernard Loiseau!
The staff are very proffesional, not over the top.
I' m not a fan of Saulieu, but it's worth it just for Bernard Loiseau!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

I agree with most of the 4 stars comments here about the rooms, the nuts, the lack of tea facilities, and the overpriced wine. However, small details in our room were quite disapointing: mold on the bathroom, bad joints on the windows, bulb not working correctly. Definitevely not a 5 stars hotel. The food was awesome but PLEASE may I ask to suggest to customers avoid to take pictures of each dish as Mr. Bras does it. It breaks all the magic of the moment this continuos flashing.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

Perhaps November is the best time to visit the region. The nature is so beautiful that you don't want to leave! The hotel is a very nice place to stay in while visiting the region, sevice is fantastic and all people working there know how to please the guests.
The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the food is good but NOT FANTASTIC to deserve 3 stars! One star is enough for the quality of the food and if you consider quality/price its 13/20.
The wine list is great but very over priced!

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Le Relais Bernard Loiseau
Address: 2 Rue d Argentine, 21210 Saulieu, France (Formerly Hotel de la Cote d'Or)
Region: France > Bourgogne-Franche-Comte > Cote d'Or > Saulieu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room 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 3 Hotels in Saulieu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Relais Bernard Loiseau 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel belongs to the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network of independent hotels and offers luxurious accommodation in delightful surroundings.Relais Bernard Loiseau features 32 spacious and luxurious rooms and suites, a library room with a chimney for quiet and peaceful evenings in the wintertime, a billiard room with French billiard, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa in order to make your stay as relaxing as possible.Enjoy the hotel’s privileged location to discover a region with a tremendous cultural and culinary heritage. In June 2017, the current seminar rooms will be complemented by the seminar space "LA VILLA LOISEAU DES SENS" (the new 1,500m² wellness complex on 3 levels that will host a range of water activities) that can accommodate up to 80 persons. "The Villa Loiseau des Sens" will also welcome a new restaurant to meet all budgets. ... more   less 
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