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“Neither Lake nor Forest!”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Lac et Foret

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Hotel Lac et Foret
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“Neither Lake nor Forest!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

We booked on-line for a twin room with "view on the lake" - making us think of a quiet place with beautiful views in the country - in the French pre-Alps (1,200 feet) - a lovely retreat in the hot August heat. The price - 65 Euros without breakfast - seemed a bit high but for charm and beauty, a short-break, why not splurge? What we got was a 1970s style, hot & stuffy, walk-up room (no lift); no television (in 2012 !), one small window right over the cafe & kitchen (horrible cooking odors at 7AM!!); directly on a busy highway (Digne-Nice) with cars whizzing by even at 3 AM but no A/C so window had to be kept open... A nightmare in short and the lake? If you stood on tiptoes & leaned out, it was about 1/4 mile away. We were too tired to do or say anything but so happy to escape with just 1 night and our Alpine country "innocence" lost. Give me Paris, any day!! PS - My wife says we should, in fairness, say that the twin beds had firm matresses and that there were 2 towel racks in the bathroom. That's the best we can say about this hotel.

Room Tip: Do NOT get the "lake view" those rooms are ALL on the very-noisy highway.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

I've stayed at this hotel numerous times, the latest stay was in early July 2012.
I can think of a hundred possible improvements this hotel could do but I would never suggest any of them because I don't want them to change. The hotel is dated but has a lovely charm. The ambience of the restaurant is lovely and very French in the best possible way. The best way to describe the room is "Imagine staying a few nights at a very old aunt's house". The rooms have no air conditioning and are in need of renovation but again, are charming. I prefer staying in the annex in one of the rooms facing the backside, towards a meadow. These rooms are 100% quiet and does not suffer from the rather heavy traffic on the road outside the front of the hotel. The lack of air conditioning is not a big trouble if you're staying in a room facing the backside, away from the road. It's safe to sleep with an open window and the nights are really cool this high up in the mountains even in the summer so you wake up in a perfectly chilled room.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

On a motorcycling tour of Europe with my son, I wimped out as it got dark and cold when we were passing through St Andre Des Alpes. The Hotel Lac et Foret welcomed us, speaking passable English and opening their restaurant just for us!

The room was great, the food was excellent and in the morning we stodd on the balcony and admired the breathtaking view before pressing on into the most brilliant motorcycling country we had ever experienced.

All in all - an excellent place to stop. Garages and shops just up the road and the Alps all around you.

Room Tip: The end rooms have easy access to a lovely balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2011

The interior is old and there is carpet in the bathrooms. The staircase of wood makes a lot of noise and in general the wooden floors makes a lot of noise. Service is good allthough they seem to be a bit understaffed (1person being server and handeling the lobby). The restaurant is ok value even though the food is average. The breakfeast is good but expensive and if you arrive towards the end certains things are not being refilled.

Room Tip: Take a room without lake view to avoid traffic
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Lac et Foret

Property: Hotel Lac et Foret
Address: route de Nice, 04170 Saint Andre Les Alpes, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Alpes-de-Haute-Provence > Saint Andre Les Alpes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Saint Andre Les Alpes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Lac et Foret 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the banks of Lake Castillon, in the "Alpes de Haute-Provence", near the Verdon Gorges and ski resorts... Hotel "Lac et Foret" offers 22 double and family rooms, library and TV lounge, meeting room, Wi-Fi access. ... more   less 
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