The overriding memory we will take away from the hotel is the amazing location, in the middle of the vineyards, the beautiful gardens and natural pool. The spot is absolutely stunning and I would return because of that alone. Our room (out of africa) was very nicely kitted out. Bathroom has two open sides, with no doors so not a room to choose if you're with a new girlfriend/boyfriend! I also kept flooding it with the shower, but the shower was very nice, with lovely toileteries.
Main downside for us was the reception staff. They didn't initially know where the room was that we were checking into so that had to be resolved. They gave us no information at all about the hotel, so we weren't told where or when breakfast was, how to order dinner, how to get wine from the machine in the dining room, that we could help ourselves to tea, that there were bikes to hire, that we could take a tour of the vineyard (all things we have only found out about on Tripadvisor since). When we asked how we could walk into town we were sent down a busy main road with no footpaths, which was dangerous and unpleasant.
Ironing out this one problem would be the only way we could improve the hotel. Other than that, I would heartily recommend it - an evening spent snacking on really tasty quiche, drinking lovely 2001 St Emilion and playing board games in the garden was absolutely perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of St-Emilion vineyard, the Relais de Franc Mayne provides 11 rooms, all air conditioned and equipped with TV, wireless Internet access, mini bar, private safe. Enjoy a quiet place to stay, a natural swimming pool as well as great wines (Grand Cru Classé). Tours of the property 7 days a week upon booking (French and English). Free tours for hotel guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Relais De Franc Mayne Hotel Saint-Emilion
- Chateau Franc Mayne Saint Emilion
- Chateau Franc Mayne Hotel