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“A Taste of Paradise”
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Hostellerie Berard
Reviewed 29 April 2014

When we arrived at Hostellerie Berard, we were travel weary and I must confess that we hadn't done our homework on what to expect. Our travel agent had booked us several hotels in the South of France which included this one.
It didn't take long to realise that Hostellerie Berard was the jewel in the crown. On our arrival we were offered a glass of fruit juice and the staff were exceptionally friendly and obliging. While I was filling out my check in details I didn't reakise that a man was looking over my shoulder to find out where we were from. "New Zealand! My word! You are a long way from home!" The man turned out to be Jean Francois Berard - Michelin star chef extraordinaire. Needless to say the food was divine!
Chef Berard's mother was equally as charming and came to speak to us several times during our meal in a dining room thst has a panoramic view of Provence.
My only disappointment was not staying there during the week so that I could sign up for a cooking class with Chef Berard senior (also a Michelin star chef).
The hotel also has a spa with every treatment under the sun so for those who love to be pampered this is the plsce for you.
If you like wine - then this is the place for you. Both father and son chefs are experts in this area.
The hotel compkex has been created sympathetically to maintain the old world look to the street frontage. The Berard family have developed rooms in part if the old monastery, the ramparts and other parts. Initially it's like finding your way through a maze but it doesn't take long to figure out which stairs to take and which doors to go through.
In a nutshell Hostellerie Berard is literally a taste of paradise run by a family who is passionate about people, service and detail.
I'm tempted to return to la Cadiere d'Azur and next time I'll plan it better to sign up n the cooking ckass and check out the family garden 2km away where they grow all the fresh vegetables for the 2 restaurants at Hostellerie Berard.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We took the cooking course here and it has inspired us years out. Chef Rene Berard is an exceptional teacher, the amenities were perfect and for a great value, plus the camaraderie among cooking class participants was very special. If you are looking to immerse yourself in Provencal culture, look no further - this was by far the best experience we've ever had. We've stayed in many 5 star luxury hotels in other parts of Provence but this experience was supremely special. We are looking forward to returning to this very special place.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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HBE83, Directeur général at Hostellerie Berard, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Dear friends !

Great your message and thank you so much ! Chef René BERARD is really happy to read it.

The cooking course organized by himself since 25 years is a great success and each time, René wants to share with you his provencal feeling, full of tradition and humility !

All best,

Danièle BERARD (the wife)

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

This is a wonderful hotel located in a quite and picturesque village. The rooms are comfortable and clean with a nice sized bathroom. The food was outstanding and a wonderful wine selection too.

But the only problem was we were in the back building and the stairs going down and up just to get there and no assistance for the baggage was terrible. I would definitely stay again, however I would request a room on the lobby side. Other than this the stay was delightful and the staff very friendly.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

We stopped here some time ago, but look forward to going back - a small boutique hotel, we were made to feel very special, food was fantastic and the open air dining magical.
Only issue is that being a little off the beaten track, if you want to visit the coast, it's a bit of a trek, but not a major problem if you have a car.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I took the Art de Vivre en Provence course the last week of September 2013 and it was fabulous! The class is well planned and very hands-on. Over the course of four days, we prepared (and ate, of course!) rabbit, veal, fish, and lamb. It was rustic Provencal cooking and it was all delish. I loved the many veggie dishes too, and have been making the eggplant caviar recipe almost weekly since I got home. Plus, one day we did desserts – yummy! Rene Berard is a both and wonderful chef and a fantastic teacher.

The weather was unseasonably warm for the end of September so we ate outside on the terrace three of the four days. Delightful! The gardens around the Bastide des Saveurs are gorgeous (I’d like go back when the lavender is in bloom). I love the new skills and tips that I picked up from Chef Rene, the recipe book (in English, in quantities you’d make at home), and that I’m using the recipes at home. I highly recommend this course.

As a solo traveler, I felt very welcome at Hotel Berard and found the staff at the hotel and spa helpful.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

A friend of ours suggested we stay at the hotel and highly recommended the Michelin one-star restaurant. He called them and booked a half board package on our behalf. Since he is a VIP customer of the hotel, they told him that they were extending a very special rate to us.
We arrived to receive no welcome at all,let alone a special welcome!
We had to carry our own bags to the room over several winding up and down stairs!
The Michelin star restaurant was closed but they had failed to mention this prior to booking despite having been told that that was our express reason for visiting the hotel.
The Bistro is a most unpleasant room - it looks and feel like a shed. The menu is mediocre. Not worth paying these accommodation rates and have to eat in the Bistro.
When we added up the standard tariff rate for Dinner, bed and breakfast it amounted to less than they had charged us for the Half Board package. We were grossly over charged.
When we complained we received an email full of lame excuses and no apology.
Save your time and money - there are thousands of excellent Hotels in France. Hotel Berard is overpriced and arrogant!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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HBE83, Directeur général at Hostellerie Berard, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2013

Dear Sir or Madam,

We read your review on Trip Advisor attentively.

We are very sorry that your stay with us was not to your satisfaction. We did discuss this by email with you prior to you rendering your appreciation Public!

Please allow us to remind you that in the booking confirmation, our reception team clearly indicated that the gastronomic restaurant was closed on Monday evenings and that half board meals could be served at the "Bistrot de Jef" (of equivalent quality to a half board menu served at the gastronomic restaurant).

You criticise the "Bistrot de Jef" and its concept. Please be aware that the bistro has a magnificent glass canopy with panoramic views over the village of Le Castellet.

The kitchen opens onto the dining room. The tables and chairs in the dining room are decorated with very colourful cushions and the atmosphere is cosy, with plenty of plants.
In summer, guests can also dine out on little tables outside near the bistro.

Our bistro does not resemble your description at all.

We do not have special prices for VIP clients at the Hostellerie, as we consider all our guests are equally important.

You speak of the many stairs in the establishments; it is indeed divided into 4 adjacent buildings in our ancient Provencal village (e.g. the "Pavillon des Peintres" dating back to the 19th century or "Couvent" built in the 11th century). So it is very difficult for us to install lifts.

Our team systematically offers to carry your luggage. If this did not happen when you arrived, it was an omission and will be discussed with them. Please accept our apologies for this.
I would simply like to remind you that our establishment is a three-star "hotel de charme", not a luxury hotel.

Naturally, there are many luxury hotels in France and you are right in recommending other Trip Advisor members to visit them.

Please be aware that we are not in the habit of fooling our guests and do our utmost to ensure their stay is as agreeable as possible. You did not appreciate our establishment and, once again, we deeply regret this.

Although some errors may have occurred unknowingly, in particular at the time of the booking, we are most sorry for this and do not understand your vehemence towards us.

You stayed with us for just one night, which was perhaps a little short to appreciate our establishment properly, in particular the Michelin star-rated restaurant which opens from Tuesday onwards.

Ditto for the Roman-style spa, rewarded several times for its originality and high-quality treatments.

We have been hosting an international clientele for many years (even a "luxury hotel" clientele) and our new and returning guests very much appreciate our authentic atmosphere.

Yours Truly,

Danièle Bérard / General Manager

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Three night stay in this wonderful spot. The view across the vinyards towards Le Castellet is amazing. Room ‘compact’, not particularly luxurious but extremely tasteful and provencale – as is the whole hotel. The graceful influence of Madame Berard is everywhere. We had one meal in the Gastronomique restaurant. A luxury worth every euro! Again the wonderful mix of the highest quality with a personal touch. Car stocked with wine and oil of course. The village itself is also both enchanting and welcoming.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hostellerie Berard

Address: Gabriel Peri, 83740 La Cadiere d'Azur, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Var > La Cadiere d'Azur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Cadiere d'Azur
Price Range: £86 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hostellerie Berard 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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