Abbaye des Capucins is a nice building mixing old and new architecture. Although the hotel is within city limits, there was plenty of parking space.
POOR SIGNS: The signage of the meeting was non-existent and we had to ask our way in this maze of corridors. Bathrooms are very scarce and meeting participants had to line up.
MEETING ROOM: The meeting room had nice window paints of various Saints; it makes the atmosphere very religious.
EQUIPMENT is old and you would expect much better technology for a meeting room. WiFi did not work for everyone – not enough broadband. The speaker tried to share a YouTube video which of course did not work.
DINNER: Since this place has one Michelin star for its Gastronomy Restaurant, I was waiting impatiently for our dinner. Our party was in what must have been the old chapel. The classical round tables were seating 10 giving us this monastery brother feeling. Chairs were those awful metal chairs hidden in a white cloth.
CATERING: There was a very cheap Chardonnay 2011 – still acid and a very cheap red wine. No sparkling water available. One piece of bread per person and you are not offered a second. Service was efficient but cold and unprofessional (extra help was hired or trainee). The first dish was cheap chicken like poultry served col and the main was even cheaper, uncooked duck; 25 gr of uneatable meat with 15 gr of potatoes – no vegetables like airplane economy class food. Desert was some chocolate in artificial syrup. Only coffee seemed to be offered so I asked for tea – there was no selection – just plain breakfast tea.
RECOMMENDATIONS: if you do a meeting, advise participants that there are not enough bathroom available for large groups and have plenty of breaks. Don’t rely on the hotel WiFi and the obsolete equipment. Bring your own TV screen. As the last impression of the meeting is the dinner, don’t eat there. Your company will look as cheap and uninspiring as the food does. Hard to believe someone in the building received a Michelin Star and allows this kind of cheap, unbalanced cafeteria style food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the very heart of South West, this old couvent of the 17th century located on the river side and 2 minutes walking distance from the ciy centre proposes 85 rooms, a brasserie "Le Bistro des Capucins" is opened every day at lunch & dinner time.We suggest you a spa 450 m2 size with an outside swimming pool, sauna, hammam and cardio training room. Beauty & body treatments are available by appointment.Free access to internet. Free carpark. Bike rental on spot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Montauban