We booked this hotel for one night at the very last minute when we had to change our plans, and we were very pleasantly surprised. The Auberge du Bon Fermier has been an Inn since the 1500s and retains all its historic charm (including cobbled floors and narrow stairs), while having been renovated to a very high standard. Our room (F) was fantastic. We did not eat in the restaurant as we already had a reservation elsewhere. The breakfast was a straightforward French selection of fresh pastries, bread, and jam, plus juice and delicious coffee. All the staff were very helpful and welcoming. If you want a change from Ibis or Novotel, for about the same price, then we would recommend this gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortably established after four hundred years of existence.All spruced up, it offers its Henry IV style, interpreted with regional inspiration in its proportions, harmoniously decorated in total respect for the region and its history.When Louis XIV made his “joyful return” to Valenciennes in August 1680, the Auberge was called “A la Ville de Troyes”. A souvenir of the great fairs of Champagne, with the travellers, salesmen and drapers stopping in our town to rest and restore their strength.in the hearth, there would be capons and haunches of meat roasting with a stew bubbling in fat jugs, swaying with the bawdy songs which barely covered the sounds of horses and their hooves on the round paving stones in the courtyard.The inn had a great reputation; Jacques Fontaine managed the establishment until 1701 and its successors’ were still roasting in the fireplace in 1789. ... more less
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