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“Nice Hotel Convenient to Lake and Old City”
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Hotel Le Pre Carre
Ranked #22 of 47 Hotels in Annecy
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 October 2011

We stayed here 3 nights, Sept. 17-19. All in all, this was a very lovely hotel of understated elegance, clean & well-managed, with convenient access to the lake and to the arcaded pedestrian streets of the Old City. Although a bit overpriced, I highly recommend it and definitely would stay here again.

Our room (#24 on the second floor) was one of the larger (Chambre Privilège) rooms at 234 Euros/night (non-restricted rate), but there was still not that much room to move around and place luggage. Although small and tight, it was a very nice room. It was clean and new looking (hotel is 5 yrs. Old) with nice design and had a small balcony onto Rue Sommelier. The furniture was light wood laminate, the upholstery & drapes in shades of beige. The bed was comfortable, but it came with only a very warm duvet. There was a long, narrow desk with chair, TV mounted on the wall, armoire, bar with fridge, a safe. There was an armless Parson’s style chair for sitting, but nothing comfortable for reading or relaxing on rainy days. The WC and bathroom were off the long corridor from the entry. The large, gray-tiled bathroom had a tub and a separate shower stall with a rainshower head. There were nice, complimentary toiletries. The TV (or the remote) did not seem to be working well. Once we got a German channel, but nothing else. The other channels were black with no picture. When we tried again, we couldn’t get any channels at all. The duvet was very warm & we had to sleep with the balcony door open. However, we were awakened very early in the morning (before 6 am), first by the garbage truck, then by a parade of delivery trucks making deliveries to the neighboring businesses.

The breakfast buffet was very good. There was a self-serve Nespresso machine with short, long, strong, weak (light), and decaf options, plus, there was a hot water spout for tea. There was a cheese board with three local cheeses (Tomme and Beaufort-type); cooked and raw ham (jambon cru) and saucisson; yogurts; small bowls of tropical fruit salad; freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juices; a variety of cereals in little jars; hard-boiled eggs; scrambled eggs; baguette, basket of rolls, croissants, raisin pinwheels, chocolate croissants, thick-sliced bread for toasting, etc.; butter and an assortment of Dalfour jams in little jars.

The small bar in the lobby is offered more for convenience to guests than as a place to “hang out.” The choices were very limited, but they had the essentials.

The worst thing about this hotel is trying to get to it! Although we easily arrived within 100 meters of the hotel – it was right in front of our eyes – we just couldn’t get to it without breaking the traffic laws. We then ended up spinning around town for another 45 minutes. (Made the mistake of relying on GPS, which took us to dead-end, one-way and pedestrian streets). Finally did get there by driving the 100 meters (or less) down the lane reserved for buses only.

The hotel has a parking garage underground, but you must reserve it in advance I was told. Luckily, there was a place for us. Parking is very, very tight & it’s very hard to maneuver in this small garage. If you drive a van or a large car, it will be very challenging to park.

The hotel offered free Wi-Fi from the room, but the signal was bad. We ended up having to use the business center in the lobby.

Room Tip: Rooms on street side could be noisy if windows left open.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

The hotel has pretty much all you could want, but it is very expensive with it. It is essentially a business type hotel, with all that that implies - functional, clean, efficient but limited atmosphere. It is where you would want to be in Annecy, within walking distance of all the sights (although actually driving to it through the road-works and one-way systems is something of a nightmare). There is an on-site garage, for which you pay. We had a superior room which was quite large with a spacious bathroom and separate toilet. The beds were very comfortable, but the pillows less so. Being at the back of the building it was very quiet. There was a bar in the hotel, but we never saw anyone in it. The breakfast looked excellent, but its cost sent us to the plentiful cafes nearby.

The staff were unfailingly cheerful. pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

We stayed for 4 nights in July. The Hotel is very central to Annecy and everything is within walking distance but driving to and from the Hotel through the one- way system is not easy. The rooms were clean and stylish but I have had larger cruise cabins ! The Hotel has a spa which is relaxing. My main issue is the price -over 200 Euros a night. I think it was only a good standard business hotel and for that price I expected more...

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

How can you rate something when nothing was happening? Skeleton staff who were helpful but really a place where you left to your own devices. Three star max. Location amazing town so disappointed for them to not get 2018 winter olympics today. Laundromat just down road so after three weeks big catch up ! And only 4.50 load great beats hotel laundry prices. Annecy is france's best kept secret. We will be back for week or two next year think we will rent a villa. Loved the town. Shopping amazing

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

This hotel is superb. The location is very good, the rooms are all new and spacious, with minibar and safe. The bathroom is wonderful and spacious. The staff is simply perfect. There is a very convenient parking underground. Perfect

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 November 2010

I stayed already a few times in Le Pre Carre. It is a nice hotel with modern rooms and all amnities you need. It is the expensive sister hotel of Le Bonlieu a few blocs away. The bathroom is very good. Big enough to walk around and store your own stuff.

I just have a trouble to fall asleep. The rooms are warm I think mainly from the big television screens. I had the pleasure to have a room with a big balcony, so I could only open the door, not a window. The road at the front is also very noisy, because it is narrow and with high buildings. I sleep better in Le Bonlieu. The cushions are also better there.

Le Pre Carre has a small bar. I never saw enybody there, and after I got my bill of the half bottle of wine I dronk there, I know why. It is very expensive. Not far from the hotel near the cinema there is a supermarket that is open late (till 21.00 I believe). They sell nice wine, also half bottle. Don't forget to bring your corkscrew. French don't believe in the comfort of have a screw top, they rather have plastic corks.

All by all, I could recommend this hotel. The super friendly staff makes your stay really enjoyable.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

Stayed here for one night only on way to ski-ing holiday. Loved the hotel! As a family with 2 children, we booked a family room which was basically two interconnecting rooms. Loads of space, separate bathrooms, very luxurious, and spotlessly clean. Simple, modern lines and probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! We didn't have breakfast as we thought it too pricey for what we eat, so grabbed a coffee and croissant across the road for 5 Euros a head. Parking was the only issue, our car had a roof box so didn't fit in the carpark so we had to leave it 10 minutes' walk away, but this is the same wherever we stay in Annecy as the hotel carparks tend to have low ceilings! I thoroughly recommend this hotel but don't pay the rack rate, go to a lastminute type website to get a good late deal. We paid 180 Euros for our 2 rooms for one night.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank Coleyach
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Address: 27 rue Sommeiller, 74000, Annecy, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Annecy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Annecy
#6 Luxury Hotel in Annecy
Price Range: £137 - £192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Le Pre Carre 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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