After a day of exploring Burgundy wine country, small villages along the way, and a visit to amazing Abbey of Fontenay, we were looking forward to the quiet little medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois. To our surprise, traffic was gridlocked approaching the town and parking non-existent. We discovered, unbeknownst to us, that this was the weekend of the annual Fête Médiévale. So we pulled into the space in front of our hotel, Hôtel de la Côte-d’Or. The hotel was locked up and we couldn’t see a soul inside. Check-in was via an ATM-looking kiosk. It read our credit card and spit out our room card, #105. We dropped our suitcases in our room, left a note on our car and off we went to an afternoon at the Fête Médiévale, right across the street from the hotel. (If you happen to schedule your visit on the first weekend of June… you’ll love Fête Médiévale, complete with a band of Barbarian Musicians, and a cast of characters including many on stilts walking through the crowd. Great fun.) To the point: the hotel is simple, unpretentious and comfortable and, I might add, a bargain and great location. The bathroom was up-to-date and everything one needs for a night’s stay. Morning breakfast, with a generous variety of options, was available in a large, nicely decorated room. There appeared to also be a nice lounge room, but we never saw anyone in it—staff or guests—day or night. Our hostess, who checked us out of our room, was pleasant. Admittedly, we were a bit concerned with an automated check-in system with its lack of human contact (a first for us), but all in all, a wonderful visit in Semur-en-Auxois, and a wonderfully located and comfortable stay at Hôtel de la Côte-d’Or. I feel comfortable in recommending it.
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