We only had the one night at Crispol and were mostly impressed. We found the rooms to be lavishly decorated - perhaps a little over the top but better than being drab. The shiny black ceiling alone was remarkable but the various statues in the room added to the atmosphere.
The facilities were excellent, views lovely and bath impressive - although we found it impossible to remove the plug from the sink which caused us a few minor difficulties.
The only drawback for us was the complete inability of the owners to speak ANY english. My schoolboy french helped a little, but we had booked in at dinner (which was a fantastic setting with the views of sunset over Vezelay) and the menu was in French and the owners could not translate ANYTHING on it. They didnt even know the words 'salt' or 'pepper'. I found that quite astounding for people who had clearly been around the hotel/restaurant scene for some time. It smacked a little of arrogance although they did try to meet any needs we had - once I was able to communicate what we wanted.
The hotel is quite distant from the nearby town and I would probably choose something there if I was staying in the area again - unless I manage to master the French language in the meantime.
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