My mother and I recently spent 2 nights at La Porte Guillier and it was absolutely charming. The property is perfectly located and has been lovingly restored to bring back all the original architectural details while effortlessly remaining modern and fresh. Our room had high ceilings and lots of light streaming in through the huge windows (with shutters so we could choose to sleep in if we wanted), a lovely bathroom with thermostatic shower, and a comfortable sitting area. Breakfast was très français in its simplicity and deliciousness, and the owner was incredibly warm and kind. We know Semur-en-Auxois very well, so we chatted with him about all its changes over the years, new restaurants and shops, new things to see, and of course all the lovely things that remain the same, like his spectacular view over the cobblestoned pedestrian area.
We know Semur so well because we own a vacation rental in town, and we stayed at La Porte Guillier instead of our gîte because we needed to visit when our own house was booked. I am so glad we did. I often get requests from people who just want to stay a few nights (our summer minimum is a week) and are looking for a hotel in town, and I had always felt that there were many good choices but no clear favorite.
Well, not anymore. If you're coming to Semur-en-Auxois for a few days, stay here. Book early, because there are only 3 rooms in this chambre d'hotes. It's the best combination of location, amenities and value out of all the hotels and B&Bs I know of in Semur. And I know Semur. This is a special place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the pedestrian historical city centre of Semur en Auxois, the pearl of the north of Burgundy, Les chambres d'hotes de la porte Guillier provide you with a warm welcome.Spacious and independant thanks to the magnificent staircase leading to the different floors of this XVIIth centuary private manor house and the stages of la porte Guillier, Les chambre d'hotes de la porte Guillier offer a spectacular view over the medieval city, the collegiale of Notre Dame and the towers of the dungeon. The close proximity of shops, restaurants and walking ways will make you forget your car for a while. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Porte Guillier Semur-En-Auxois, Cote D'Or, France