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.
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