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“Beautiful stay in the Aubrac”
Review of Michel Bras

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Michel Bras
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Laguiole
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The hotel itself is starting to show its age, but all in all is still an architectural stunner.

Rooms are elegant with very subtle tones and clean lines. We booked the room a step up from the basic one, so I'm not sure how big the basic rooms are.. but our Space of Aubrac room was massive and had a lovely seating area infront of it, surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery.

Some additional thoughts on Bras hotel and restaurant:
* The Aubrac country side. So beautiful. Wake up to cow bells (they are grazing close by, separated by a fence near your seating area), birds (lots of birds and chirping) and the view that goes on forever on a clear day
* Rooms are well appointed. Our Space of Aubrac had both a massive shower stall and tub. Bed was king sized and comfortable. Soaps were very nice (and are also sold in the hotel's gift shop, should you want to bring some artisanal Aubrac home)
* Great place to get away for some peace and quiet, if you are coming from a busy lifestyle/city
* At the time of our stay, 95% of the guests were French tourists - which was great, as we didn't hear a word of English
* And speaking of English: We got along fine with Google translate and high school French, but be forewarned that some staff speak almost no English at all.
* If you have dined extensively in Michelin restaurants, I'd say the restaurant is ok.. but not entirely memorable nor worth the price tag. We enjoyed the hotel and environs more so than the dinner. Also note that Michel himself is not at the property these days, handing the reins over to his son.
* It's an R+C property/3 Michelin star restaurant, but service levels are hit or miss

All in all, a mixed bag this one. I would recommend the hotel if you are driving in the area and looking for a nice room.. but I'm hesitant to recommend the dinner.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We first came here a few years ago with French friends and the incredibly high standards have been maintained. Eight of us this time. This is a very special place. I would recommend that you stay if you can rather than just come for dinner as breakfast is also quite superb plus after such amazing dinner you really won't want to travel anywhere apart from your extremely comfortable bed. This is a "must" for anyone interested in food. Words fail me to describe the dinner we had - it was a wonderful gastronomic journey!
It is not often we say that everything was perfect but we can say this about this hotel.
In addition, the views are stunning, lovely rooms with private terrace [again views of the valley], interesting gardens with indigenous planting [lots of herbs incorporated]

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Ultra modern hotel stylishly integrated into the beautiful surroundings, our room had the most stunning views over the valley and a large terrace to sit out on! The bed was possibly the most comfortable I and my wife have ever slept in! The room service was exceptional especially the delightful maid serving breakfast in our room. A fitting place to complement the equally stunning restaurant.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

It is not often that you walk into a hotel and go "wow" but this was one of those hotels. Beautiful modern almost zen like modern rooms with amazing alpine like views. A special place. Then when you are ready for a truly special meal go to the dining room and get ready to eat some amazing food.

Room Tip: All rooms have fantastic viewpoints.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

This hotel, associated with a three star MIchelin restaurant is located on the top of a high hill with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. It has been carefully designed to meld into its environment. Each room has an end glass wall that opens up to a small patio surrounded by wild flowers and lavender. The premises have everything you would want. I borrowed a bicycle and went for a ride. There are hiking trails nearby and even a small ski hill for the winter about a kilometer away. The rooms are modern with every modern amnenity with a glass wall between the bathroom and bedroom. While everyone comes for the food, the accomodation is worth a visit as well.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

For a start, I was not expecting how utterly beautiful the Aubrac would ultimately be. As an American, it's just not a part of France we hear very much about. I'm not sad, because it's hardly overrun with tourists and a bit of a drive to reach. But it was stunning.

So were both our dinner and stay at Michel Bras. It's not an exaggeration to say this was one of my most anticipated and also my most enjoyed dining experiences ever. I've been trying to make it here for over 3 years and am so thrilled to have finally experience the Bras' family's food and hospitality. From the aperitif in the lounge/sunroom area to the incredible tasting menu and wine pairing, the entire meal was truly incredible. Followed up with in-room breakfast the next morning overlooking the gorgeous countryside around Laguiole in our lovely room at the Maison, I really can't recommend Bras enough. Oh and the Garguillou is not only insanely beautiful but also absolutely delicious.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jonathan B
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

What a setting, on a hill overlooking the rolling hills of the Aubrac ! Just a 5min drive from Laguiole. Our room, Suite No. 3, matched the breathtaking view. Living room with a view, huge bathroom with sep. shower, bedroom and the dressing. All modern and spacious. So what happen that it is not 5 stars ? Just small things, I was wondering why we had in the bathroom only one wall-mounted bottle of gel to fit the body and hair, what ever happen to body lotion and the other amenities ?
The rooms are generously spread to maintain comfortable the privacy and the main building had in the Bar and the Restaurant stunning views as well. Gosh, am I picky ?
Dinner was excellent, 7 courses for € 125.00, all well presented and tasteful. Just not all waiters seem to have enough experience ( must be trainees ) and could not answer the cheese question but attentive. We were allowed to have a glimpse into the kitchen during the dinner preparation, impressive the coordination. We enjoyed the dinner.
Breakfast with €29.00 was compared to all the other experience the disappointment. We did ask for Cappuccino and were told, sorry not possible. ??? No question if we like an egg or anything else beside the buffet, which had cheese, sausage to cut, jam. Poor for the cost.
That is the reason for only 4 in the rating.
Overall, it is a great place and perfect to escape from the world.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank R113
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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 #2 of 8 Hotels in Laguiole
Hotel Class:3 star — Michel Bras 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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