We recently spent an afternoon and night in Perouges. Definitely a stunning spot, like a tiny Carcassonne but with very few people (at least on a weekday in June). It's really something to see, let alone walk around these ancient stone streets and go back in time, with few tourists. On the other hand, I expected a little more activity in terms of shops or cafes; there was only one spot for late afternoon drinks and nothing much else to do after a small museum and church.
That aside, I thought that our night in the Hostellerie would be the highlight of our trip. In some ways it was - it's the closest I've ever been to staying in an old castle. We chose a 4* room and it was huge, nicely furnished, with a large and well equipped, modern bathroom. We had a large window for ventiliation and because it is virtually deserted at night, we could leave it open to sleep. (In a heat wave, without a/c, it might be very uncomfortable). There is free wifi and a nice flat screen TV (no English channels however).
We had dinner in the restaurant which obviously comes highly recommended. It was quite busy ,with most people having driven in for dinner. It's an atmospheric dining room, but to be honest, it was the least satisfying dinner of our trip. We found the staff polite, but not warm or friendly -- clearly they are used to tons of tourists and don't have to make much effort to connect with people individually. The food was some of the highest priced of our trip (obviously the setting commands a premium) and it was not the best of our trip, by any means. It was good, but not great. The wine list comes on a fake medieval scroll -- which we found cheesy and silly, not what we expected from a restaurant that had hosted President Clinton.
Breakfast was even more UNsatisfying. Again, the staff was polite but did not go out of their way to be friendly. The final straw was paying 16 euros for coffee, juice, and a basket of breads (good ones, but still). There was not one other item available -- we ate it, because there was no other choice in town - but it's just ridiculous for the price. We are happy to have French-style breakfasts and did so in many other places, but not for 16 euros. Perhaps they are trying to discourage people from having breakfast?
So, for the chance to spend a night in a unique place -- and have the town all to yourself the next morning -- I guess it's worth one night. But given the impersonal treatment and inflated prices, I might actually recommend that other visitors come in the morning for a stroll and coffee or lunch -- or in the late afternoon (to avoid any crowds) for a stroll and a beer -- and not bother to stay overnight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let us take you on a journey through time... Our bedrooms are located in various houses around the city, depending on whether you prefer the rustic or medieval style, and sometimes... a canopy bed ! The inn has a closed, free, private car park, within the city, or a garage can be available too. Free wifi in most of the rooms. About the restaurant, a cosy atmosphere combines old-fashioned elegance with refined food and service. Separate dining rooms and function rooms provide seating for up to 180. Local specialties (morel mushrooms, crayfish, lake and pond fish, the famous Bress poultry...) and home-made delights (Pérouges flat cake, the famous "galette pérougienne", reviving Ypocras wine from the Middle Age) are served in period costume. Free wifi. Open daily for lunch and dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostellerie Du Perouges Hotel Perouges