On first inspection, the Hotel was fine - the room was small but contained everything needed for a night's stay. It would have been nice to have two bath-sized towels as the room was a double, and the bathroom would benefit from a shower curtain, but these were minor points. The view from the window was uninspiring to say the least, particularly considering we were paying 12 Euros more than we had for any other hotel in our 16 night stay.
The problems really began when we went to put our bikes in the garage - which we had been asked to do rather than leave them chained to the front railing of the hotel. We were told that it would be 9 Euros to leave the bikes in the garage - a sharp contrast to the helpful hotel owners we had stayed with prior to that who could not have done enough to help us take care of our bikes. Two bikes do not take up the room of a car - so weren't taking any potential income by preventing them from renting the garage space. The parking for cars outside the hotel was also free...
The hotel is, quite literally, the only place to eat in Pierre Buffiere (apart from a bar/brasserie but that served mainly snacks and was not open late) , so we reserved a table for our evening meal. On arrival for our meal we were seated and handed the menu. For a start, it was limited, with a small number of fixed priced menus (the cheapest of which was 19.50 Euros) and a choice of main meals, most of which were very expensive - most were over 20 Euros for one dish. We went for the 19.50 Euro menu. The wine list was dreadful - the cheapest bottle was 30 Euros. We had a demi Pichet of Rose (or two quarter pitchets when it arrived) at a total of 11 Euros - much more than we had paid anywhere else in the 600K we had cycled. When it arrived it was almost undrinkable - very pale in colour and it had a weak and watery taste. We asked for tap water - my partner's French is quite good but it seemed that Madame was unable to understand and kept asking us if we wanted Evian. In the end we gave up and said yes because we just wanted the water!
The starter should have been a plate of mixed Hors d'oeuvres - it arrived as an uninspiring mix of salad leaves, grated carrot, meat terrine, melon and cauliflour. Edible but dull. Oh, and the bread was so stale that only one piece was satisfactory.
The main course was very nice - braised pork and harcot verts. The pudding was an uninspiring pear and peach tart - no frills - no creme anglaise or cream - just a dusting of icing sugar. The steaks and more expensive dishes were barely any different from ours, so I'm not sure why they warrented the extra money.
We did not have coffee or any further drinks - choosing an early night instead. Neither did we opt for breakfast the next morning - preferring to have a pain au chocolat from the boulangerie.
This wasn't a terrible hotel but I would recommend that if you have a car, you find a chambre d'hotes or similar in the area instead. I certainly wouldn't recommend the food to anyone. The owners need to up their game because the prices charged suggest a much better level of service and quality. I certainly would not stay there again.
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