What can I say about Chateau Camiac? We did a multicenter holiday around Bordeaux this year, which included staying at the Grand Hotel in Bordeaux for the same amount of time, which cost about the same as Chateau Camiac. The Grand was opulent and classy. Camiac certainly was not. I struggle with the whole concept behind Chateau Camiac. We did a fly drive holiday from Bordeaux airport. As you leave the airport you see large billboard signs advertising Chateau Camiac near Creons. It features in much of the literature obtained from tourist information offices. Its own website and the chateau’s brochure offers a snooker table and tennis courts. It says it has a prestigious wine cellar. Chateau Camiac has good advertising and it sounds wonderful – which is why we booked.
In reality it is somewhat different. The outside of the building is fine and it does have a very nice swimming pool. Our room was clean but basic. Wooden furniture which had clearly been ravaged by woodworm in the past. No fridge and no Wi-fi in the room. The bed was hard and uncomfortable and the pillows were awfully hard. We did have air-conditioning which was a necessity as we were advised not to keep the windows open due to mosquitoes from the pond outside. No turn down service and one day we ran out of toilet paper as a consequence.
We quickly realized that there were only 2 other rooms in the hotel occupied. We asked for the snooker table to be told that it was “not working”. We then asked for the tennis courts to be told that they were “not working” also. The hotel was probably the closest to Fawlty Towers that we will ever visit. We did use the “salon” next to reception as this was the only place we could get wi-fi. The room was furnished with furniture that would be expected in a second hand shop. We were able to write our name in the dust on the desk.
The dining room was hardly used. We went out to eat in the local village – we can certainly recommend “La Table” in Creons which was excellent and full every night, at a fraction of the cost in comparison – and would return to see the dining room empty and closed. We did eat there on our last night (with 1 other couple) and I have to admit, the food was excellent, but woefully overpriced. The so-called prestigious wine list was meager compared to the much smaller establishments found in tiny little French villages! When we finished our meal we were made to feel very uncomfortable by the Maitre d’ hovering over us, clearly wanting us to get up and leave so that they could clear up and close. (at 21.30hrs)
At least we had the swimming pool to ourselves. It is a great shame as the Chateau clearly has enormous potential. It needs a total re-vamp. It certainly needs to reduce its price. To think that we could have stayed at the Grand in Bordeaux for the same price is shocking. This hotel was certainly not worth the price paid and we will not be going back. We feel cheated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1834 in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards this impressive Chateau overlooks a 20 acres park, and a magnificent valley full of contrasting landscape. Located in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers between Sauternes and Saint-Emilion, at 25 minutes from downtown Bordeaux, the hotel welcomes you in one of its 14 charming rooms. It is also strategically placed to visit famous vineyards and prestigious Chateaux. Everything is tranquillity and beautiful. Our "table d'hotes" is opened every evening and only for the guests. Reservations are required 24h in advance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Camiac Creon