This is one of the very nicest hotels in which I've stayed – anywhere in the world!
It had just been renovated and although we were in a "standard" room, it was wonderfully appointed, very stylish and amazingly comfortable - and just big enough. The large, wall-mounted flat-screen TV and large selection of complimentary movies was a great treat late at night returning from long meals at area bistros.
The bathroom had a small problem with the shower leaking onto the marble floor, but it was otherwise so nice that I had no trouble mopping up the bit of water with my bath towel when I was finished. Frankly I felt a little bad about doing that because the towels were so soft, fresh and luxurious! We told the staff and they apologized profusely and said when we checked out they would be dealing with it as long as we were ok with it in the meantime.
The hotel, more like a deluxe castle, is at the heart of the village and adjacent to the medieval church that serves as the town's focal point. It's worth the exercise to climb the stairs to the top - and they'll give you a huge, genuine "church key" (no it does not open beer bottles) for the private entrance to the church, at the adjacent tourist office. And as a hotel guest you get access to a private stone terrace also overlooking the village, where my wife and I sat each afternoon while we drank a half-bottle of Cremant de Bordeaux, the local version of French sparkling wine.
Some reviews here are critical of the staff, and I would agree that they are not at the very top in comparison with other world-class hotels. Still in all, the place is so luxurious, so perfectly located and so pleasant, that unless you want to spend your entire visit in your room, you won’t need the staff too much. And I need to say that this hotel was roughly the same price as an absolute dingy dump in Paris, the Melia Colbert (adjacent to Notre Dame), where we stayed a few days later.
Skip the room service breakfast. Walk a few meters to the piazza and have some fresh croissants and cafe au lait. Then walk the cobblestone streets to the many wine shops, most of which offer tastings throughout the day. And be sure to ask the hotel concierege to book you a visit to some St. Emilion wineries, where Merlot and Cabernet Franc are king!
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- Also Known As:
- Hostellerie De Plaisance Hotel Saint-Emilion
- Hostellerie De Plaisance Saint Emilion