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“The most beautiful location but stuck a bit in 1990”
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Michel Bras
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Laguiole
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“The most beautiful location but stuck a bit in 1990”
Reviewed 19 October 2012

After an amazingly beautiful 4 hours drive from Lyon thru one of the most remote but stunning region of France, we finally arrived at the hotel. The sun was just about to set when we were shown our rooms. The rooms have been refurbished 4 years ago. There are only 13 rooms all facing the most beautiful view or the Aubrac valley. The rooms are simple, very modern, lots of wood and granite which goes perfectly with the region, great bathroom and a massive window overlooking personal outside space and THAT view. The rooms are around the 330 euro mark which is not that outrageous for that kind of hotels. You feel like you are in a really special place. Worth a mention (see pictures) whoever did their garden is a magician. There are beautiful, amazing local plants and flowers which are framing perfectly this very interesting construction. The hotel is very modern, built in 1992. We asked for a bottle of wine to be brought to the room so we could enjoy the sun set. This could not be done because they do not transport the wine list to the rooms so you have to go to reception. This is just ridiculous. I understand that the wine book is far too precious to be left in the room but in that case create a small wine list for room service; you expect that in that kind of hotel. Anyway, we got it ourselves and had the most incredible sunset.

Onto the restaurant, you first go to the bar which is the great extension overlooking the valley. Unfortunately it is stuck in 1992 and now looks like an airport lounge. The seats are comfortable but ugly, the coffee table have horrid dry flowers under a glass top, you have old window cabinets showing bad local pottery, etc such a shame, the floor is very bad ceramic looks like an hospital, and its cold. This feeling of being stuck 20 years ago goes on in the restaurant, horrible table cloth which are around the table like mattress covers, flowers are bad (weird after having seen such beautiful gardens) lilies and dahlias when you expect beautiful local plants, the plates look like Conran shop circa 1992. The front door is a revolving door with weird artwork everywhere. .. All of this needs to change asap. They don’t need to do much but warm up the bar (we went there after dinner and stayed for about 10 minutes as it was soulless and cold, its silly as they could make money by people staying there and having after dinner drinks) change the tablecloths, new flowers, put a few carpets down, etc

Onto to the food, we chose the main degustation menu at 191 euro, which for a 3 star Michelin restaurant is not bad.
We had wonderful pre -tarters at the bar especially an half boiled egg out of this world! Started with Bras’ famous vegetables and flowers salad which was ok, my problem with flowers is that some of them are actually quite bitter. The following two dishes were STUNNING, lobster with honey and then foie gras, seriously good. The rest was ok, desert were amusing not amazing. Service was superb, our waiter was very friendly and the sommelier was very helpful in finding good wines at a reasonable price.

It’s a bit of a difficult one as I want to recommend this place just for the location and the experience of being there BUT they need to update their restaurant quickly as its getting dated every day more and more (this is always the problem with modern built) make that bar the cocoon that its should be , etc. Food wise it was not the most incredible dinner ever, they still deserve 3 stars but they have to be careful as you end with mixed feeling at the end. (Beautiful breakfast by the way, despite the awful burgundy table clothes!!)

Finally we asked reception the next morning the best place to buy knives ( as you do in Laguiole) and we were told to go to the Forge, turns out this is the only one closed on a Sunday, something they should know and advice you on!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 September 2012 via mobile

All I can say is "wow." After driving 5 hours from the Vaucluse through the gorgeous mountainside and rolling country hills to reach our destination, pulling up to Bras felt like something out of a dream. The contrast of the modern, minimalist interior and exterior decor with the largely untouched Laguiole terrain was surreal. Service at the hotel and restaurant was excellent. The room, for the price (modest by Relais and Chateaux standards), was surprisingly spacious and well appointed. The bathroom had a separate shower and bathtub, as well as a double-vanity. Each room has a garden terrace with lounge chairs which gives the feel of complete and utter privacy. Free minibar with bottled waters and delicious Bras-made "limonade" which tasted like elderflower soda. The cashmere shawls in the room were an unexpected luxury. Note that though the hotel offers free wifi, it does not work with Apple products for some reason.

In-room breakfast was sumptuous for continental fare. If you are looking for eggs and bacon, you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for the best pastries, fresh yogurt, fruit, juices, and coffee/tea, you will be delighted. Dinner merits its own special review, and I don't want to spoil the dozens of delightful little surprises, so suffice it to say it was truly worth a special journey. One recommendation: go to the lounge before sunset for a pre-dinner drink to witness the spectacular panoramic light and color show over the Laguiole sky and landscape. You won't want to miss it.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

To stay here and eat at the restaurant is an event. Although a little difficult to find, the distinct silhouette of "Bras" juts out on top of a hill which delivers beautiful views. Sometimes expectation leads to disappointment, however not in this case. Our room was beautifully appointed, the free mini bar was a class touch and the backpack, a lovely momento. Take time to do the 45 minute walk around the property as it sets the mood amongst the wildflowers, forest and extremely content cows. This also stimulates the appetite you will need if you have one of the three degustation menus offered. The environment is then brought into the restaurant with the fresh flowers, herbs and regional reduce. We decided on the balade menu which gave a broad range of dishes including roast pigeon, sea bass, aujourd'hui classique and rhubarb biscuit tiede. The food was stunning and service was efficient and friendly. No pretense, just a wonderful experience. Apart from the food, highlights included going into the kitchen and meeting Sebastien Bras as well as his charming wife. If you can, stay at the hotel as then you can take full advantage of the incredible wine on offer. We chose to eat breakfast at the hotel the following morning, mainly for convenience. Although lovely, it would have been better to visit the local boulangerie as I was still full from the night before.
In short, book a room and a meal at Bras if you can afford it. If it is too expensive, save up as it is one of those things where the memory of a fantastic experience will last longer than the pain of the expense. Strong Aussie dollar helps!
Malcolm and Janine

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn
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42 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We stayed at Bras because we wanted to eat at the restaurant and spend the night nearby without driving. Our expectations were high for the food (and mostly fulfilled) and not quite as high for the hotel, which can look plain online. However, the hotel blew us away. It's a very professionally and sensitively run establishment, and really is unique in its own right. Our jardin d'Aubrac room with a view was extremely spacious and the least expensive, and we couldn't get over the view of the landscape and sky from its wall of sliding French windows. Beds of beautiful flowers shelter the semi-private terrace from neighbouring rooms. The room design is very functional, in the best of ways, since the view is all the decoration you need: king bed, super-soft bedlinen, bathroom with tub, separate shower and two elegant grey stone-enclosed sinks, a small walk-in closet where you can store your suitcases. A large TV swings out of the wall and can be shut away again seamlessly. The only aspects of the room that jarred for us were the glass table and wicker chairs, which don't fit in with the general aesthetic. We appreciated how the rooms are cleaned multiple times each day and how the minbar is stocked with bottles of lemonade and fizzy and still water -- all you need, and the gesture of giving you the drinks for free is such a smart one. The hotel doesn't have a spa or any other unnecessary things that don't interest my wife and me. The one thing it could improve on are the expensive and unimaginative breakfasts, which for 28 euros per person and in such a restaurant, are just not good enough: the viennoiserie is quite average and the local pancake they serve doesn't taste like it has been made to order (and if it is, it still isn't tasty). The reception can seem a little stern at first (and could be more outgoing) but are actually helpful when you press them and make sure they follow through.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

we were surprised by the forgettable food. a lot of vegetable. nice plates to look at, that's about it. the outdoor is beautiful and peaceful but we came here for the food and left with the feeling that this place has seen better days.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

What can I say except the fact that is one of my favorite restaurant I've ever done, is one of the most lovely hotel that I've ever done
Everything is here: friendly owner because they let you visit the 'kitchen', excellent staff always smiling and available, a wonderful sight maybe one of the most beautiful in France ...
For sure, i will come back for the 3rd time

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Kortrijk Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2011

The family welcomes you, and that is no pose. The class of this establishment is stunning, yet unpretentious. The friendliness is sincere, without any trace of fake.

These are peopole who love their job, or rather vocation, who love the land and everything that grows and lives on it, humans included. The hotel is up to the standards of the legendary cuisine, by one of the true originals (Michel) and his son (Sébastien).

It is not cheap, in no sense of the word. It is correctly priced for what is offered. And it is an experience you will cherish for the rest of your life. Nature, poetry and art blend into a unique concept. More than you enjoy it, you live it.

I'll be back. Not next year, maybe not the year after that, but when a very special occasion calls for a complete celebration, I shall trust myself again into the caring hands of "La famille Bras".

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Michel Bras
Address: Route de L'Aubrac, 12210 Laguiole, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Aveyron > Laguiole
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Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Laguiole
Hotel Class:3 star — Michel Bras 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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