Following a number of visits over the years with very similar experiences to those in other reviews here, we arranged to stay again as our last night en route back to the UK. This really did used to be a 'Restaurant with rooms'. All my gastronomic experiences here before have been extremely memorable. However, the Hotel and Restaurant are under new management (since approx April 2013). The new proprietors have already spruced up the place a bit but they have tremendous amounts of work still to do on the building - it could be the most wonderful place, the dining room is already historic and charming. There is an amazing suite of public rooms on the opposite side of the ground floor which still have original panelling, mirrors and plasterwork and which with some sympathy and the stripping away of the awful additions (ceiling lights, ghastly carpet etc etc) could be astonishing. The bedrooms have been rather bizarrely tidied up with very odd decor but are clean. The horrible lowered ceilings in the corridors and bedrooms remain along with a sinister musty smell. A quick look through a missing tile looked suspiciusly like dry rot to me which may explain this. We were not able to sample the new chef's efforts as a booking error had allowed us to book demi pension on a night when the restaurant was closed! The owner herself prepared us a meal to save the situation but it would be unfair to judge anything on the basis of that very ordinary meal. There is nowhere else to eat in Longuyon so beware! I do notice the vegetable garden where the previous patron used to grow the vegetables for the restaurant is now a wilderness. The breakfast was excellent although why with such a good baker in town, are they using warmed up frozen croissons? More reports are needed over the next year to see how this establishment progresses. It is so far off the beaten track it will have to become really first-rate to succeed in attracting many visitors.
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