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Relais et Chateaux La Reserve
Ranked #6 of 25 Hotels in Albi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2008

"La Reserve" is a lovely 3 - 4 star country side hotel with great location close to Albi and directly on the Tarn river. The property itself is split between two houses, the more conservative main building and the more modern (parket, lounge style) rooms in the side house (anyway the bathrooms need urgent renovation). La Reserve is ideal for exploring the area in the morning and resting at the pool under old trees with view to the river in the afternoon.

The breakfast - for France - is totally okay and comprises of everything you really need (even eggs - which is a lot for France!).

We very much enjoyed the dinner at La Reserve. After the Michelin 1* restaurant in Albi (avoid!) here we got kind of country side kitchen, more down to earth and more tasty!

Still the hotel has some problems and needs improvement:
1.) Internet (WiFi) not really working
2.) They didn't find our reservation on arrival (luckily they had rooms available)

Over all we had a very nice and relaxing stay.

  • Stayed: July 2008
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Reviewed 2 July 2008

Driving to the hotel from Albi we were very concerned that it would be too close to the town, but on arrival we were not disappointed at all with the location on the river. Room itself was very comfortable with a full river view and balcony. Breakfast, as is often the case, was uninspiring but adequate. Dinner somewhat better on the two occasions we dined in, but we found much better food quality in neighboring towns.
Albi is actually quite an interesting town and the hotel has a sister property in the town where guest cars can be parked.
Overall a comfortable stay in pleasant surroundings.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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3  Thank Richard D
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Reviewed 15 June 2006

Of the eleven hotels we stayed at on a recent driving tour (six of them Relais and Chateaux affiliates), La Reserve in Albi was the best. And we never planned to stay there at all! A hotel in Spain disappointed us so we rang La Reserve on spec. The R&C brochure said that the Queen Mother had once stayed there so we rather feared a twee, chintzy sort place. Instead, we got a lovely, ultra-modern room (No.12) for two nights at 200 Euros per night. Recently remodelled, the room offered a huge bed, electric shutters, LCD TV, seating area, clever lighting and a very modern bathroom, with walk-in shower etc etc. The room was heavily designed and thought out - it was seductive yet practical. While not quite up to Four Seasons or Chewton Glen levels of luxury, this was really refreshing for France, a hotel that never stands still, always updates and reinvents itself. While the lack of a spa might bother some (not us) this is a truly relaxing retreat, on the edge of Albi, a large, lovely university city with a staggering cathedral, impressive formal garden and the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. Good bistro restaurants, too.

The hotel occupies a stretch of Tarn riverbank and from the sun loungers by the spacious pool you can gaze down the lawn and watch herons, kites and kingfishers. The garden is attractive without being overworked and manicured. The restaurant has a large stained glass window to catch the evening sun and a fireplace for the winter. Glassware and place settings are immaculate.

The cuisine does not rate a star by Michelin and, in a way, that might be for the good - it is slightly simpler and lighter and always delicious. They did a witty creme brulee of fois gras and perfect roast pigeon. Dinners might cost 55 Euros plus drinks. Service was relaxed yet well paced. Breakfast (17 Euros) was not up to this level and you might do better sitting in a cafe in town, a five minute drive away.

For us, La Reserve was an unexpected treat, managed with real charm and style. I recommend it unreservedly.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Address: Route de Cordes, 81000, Albi, France
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Region: France > Occitanie > Tarn > Albi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Albi
Price Range: £211 - £279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Relais et Chateaux La Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 28
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