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!!
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