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“Charming small hotel overlooking main square”

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Les Chambres du Glacier
Canberra, Australia
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“Charming small hotel overlooking main square”
Reviewed 4 October 2012

This was a really lovely hotel overlooking the main square of Sarlat. The windows and small balconies overlook restaurants, cafes and on Saturday morning the markets which is fascinating to watch from your window. We had no issues with noise. The location is close to everything.

Our room was huge but sparsley furnished. The bed was good and the bathroom enourmous and very modern.

The owners were freindly though it seemed only one speaks good English which is to be expected in the country and did not cause us any issue. Breakfast served in the restaurant was very good. The jams are some of the best I have ever had.

There is no parking at the hotel as it is in a pedestrianised area but there is parking about a 5 minute walk away.

We had a small problem finding the place to begin with but you just need to go into the restaurant of the same name.

Writing this I am finding myself missing some of the finer foods from this delightful area none of which I was permitted to take back in to Australia so I had better start planning my next trip.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

At first glance (above a busy café) we wondered if we had made a mistake booking a room here. However, we weren't in the least disappointed. Although the amenities are basic (no tissues, for example) it is spotlessly clean and has the necessities. The main draw, however, is the location right in the heart of the beautiful old town of Sarlat. The small balcony is a perfect spot to look at the fantastic old buildings, or simply to 'people-watch'. The proprietors are very friendly, despite being very busy running the business in the café. We would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

We stayed five nights in this charming family run hotel which is located in the main square in the medieval part of Sarlat. Our room was huge and nicely decorated in a traditional style in keeping with the period of the building. I think the bedroom would benefit from having a second luggage stand and perhaps a waste paper basket. The bathroom too was large and had two wash hand basins which was useful for our family of three. The WC is separate from the bathroom. It took us a wee while to work out how to switch the shower from the bath tap to the overhead (you press on the rocker switch and rotate) but it was fine after that. What makes this place outstanding however is the friendliness and warmth of the owners and the other staff. Breakfast was delicious. French bread and croissants with some wonderful local jams (the orange jam is particularly good, it is not like marmalade but is more of a jam - we liked it so much that we bought some at the market to take home with us) . Breakfast also came with fresh nectarines and the coffee was outstanding. There was a restaurant at this hotel. We ate there three nights out of the five. The quality of the food was excellent and the prices more reasonable than most of the other local restaurants. Dishes that we particularly recommend include the duck breast, the lasagne and the mixed omelette. If you have a sweet tooth you must order the profiteroles. They also do splendid ice cream sundaes and crepes. The location is fantastic and it is wonderful to wake up on Saturday morning and find the market right outside your window/door. Our only criticism was the level of traffic noise during the night but we got used to this after the first couple of nights. Also if you have young children they might be disturbed by the conversation from the restaurant below but this did not bother us at all. A final word of warning - because this hotel is located within the pedestrian part of old Sarlat you cannot bring a car into the square. There is a car park about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. It is free between 7pm and 9am. If you buy a ticket for say 4 hours at 6pm, then the unused 3 hours carries over to the morning so you don't need to go early to feed the meter. We loved staying at this hotel and would definitely choose it again.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Saint-Beat, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2012

Stayed here for two nights.
The hotel is right in the middle of Sarlat in the Place de Liberte - you do not get better than this.
The place is pedestrianised and in the medieval city. Rooms overlook the beautiful place and are huge with large bathrooms.
Breakfast is lovely - brilliant croissants, lots of bread, jam, fruit juice, fruit and hot drinks for 7 euros.
Hosts are very friendly and helpful. Did not ask for a deposit which is good if you dont live in France and therefore dont have access to french cheques.
I would absolutely definitely stay here again if I came back.
The only thing to bear in mind is parking - you have to park just on the outside of the old city but there is ample parking a short 180 m walk away - we didn't have a problem at all.
Visited in May.
No hesitation in recommending this accommodation at all - try it you will love it.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

Staying in this B&B was like something taken out of a movie. The rooms are located on the top two floors of a charming 18th century building right on Sarlat's main square. The street level houses the owner's cafe where one takes breakfast.

The rooms are sparsely decorated, but are huge, clean, with hardwood floors and artistic french doors that overlook the plaza. The bathroom is enormous, with two sinks, and commode separate from the shower area.

The plaza hosts the farmer's market on Saturdays so the room maybe a bit noisy early on Saturdays during preparations for the event. On the other hand, having the opportunity to gaze at and photograph all the activity from your own window is magical.

Parking can be a problem as it is very limited. The medieval city has several parking lots not too far from the plaza. Parking close to the accommodations may present a challenge during high season.

The owner and staff at the cafe are extremely friendly and very accommodating. EVen with paying for breakfast, this locale presents great value.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lyon, France
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Reviewed 20 March 2011

We got a nice, charming and huge room with a balcony to the main square. It is located on a historic building right in the heart of Sarlat-la-Caneda). We got the room late in the evening, without reservation and the staff was really helpful.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

We had the pleasure, privilege, and joy to spend a week at Les Chambres du Glacier. We loved our stay and didn't want to leave. Our friends had the adjoining room and were equally delighted! To look out on the wonderful square (day and night...but especially on market day) was enchanting! The room was spacious, spotlessly clean, and well furnished. Filo and Carlos (our hostess and host) are hard-working, friendly, enthusiastic, helpful, and genuine friends! We hiked in the Dordogne and looked forward to returning to our "home" each evening. The food was so excellent in the restaurant that we ate there EVERY night (though Sarlat offers many restaurants). We figured that we couldn't find better food than we were already tasting, so we enjoyed their hospitality morning and night! What a joy! WE SHALL RETURN!

Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Les Chambres du Glacier
Address: 9 Place de la Liberte, 24200, Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Dordogne > Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Ranked #30 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Sarlat-la-Caneda
Number of rooms: 4

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