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Hotel Francois 1er
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 Place Francois 1er, 16100 Cognac, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Cognac
London
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Excellent spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Newly refurbished, tastefully done. Perfectly situated. Managed by the owners who are charming and helpful. Breakfast for two adults & two kids was very reasonable. Rather strangely for such a small town, the cocktail barman is world-class (makes his own bitters, creates cocktails based on local history, knows all the classics like the back of his hand). Plunge pool in the basement is worth a dip. Good value too. Recommended.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

The hotel has just been refurbished and is lovely. Situated in the main square with very secure indoor parking. The hotel has big rooms with big beds, good air con, and very nice bathrooms. There is a very nice bar with very friendly staff. Well worth the price and from my research the best hotel in the region.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Our recent stay at the Francois 1er in Cognac could not have been better. The service was 5-Star and the recently opened hotel was lovely, top to bottom. The renovation retained the heritage for the old hotel with very contemporary appointments. The room was beautifully appointed and comfortable. We stayed during the Blues Festival so requested a quiet room facing the village instead of the plaza view. The staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant ~ essentially we cannot say enough about how fabulous this hotel is. Enjoyed everything about it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kazan, Russia
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Just stayed for a week in this just-opened hotel, after years of staying at other hotels in the area that were either cheap and crappy or expensive and stuffy.The Francois 1 is superb.Great bar, lovely brand-new rooms, fast free WiFi, a beautiful wellness/spa, but the main thing is Marc, Isabelle and the staff: they really make you feel like there isn't anything they won't do to help you enjoy your stay. I won't stay anywhere else in Cognac now.

Room Tip: I had one of the suites, which is only very slightly more expensive, but a LOT larger.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

I recently spent a week at the Francoic Premier and was thouroughly impressed by the level of customer service. All of the staff were not just accomodating, but friendly and genuinely concerned about the guests' needs and comfort level. The location is central and there were plenty of options nearby for eating, drinking or a bit of cognac shopping. The recent remodel has resulted in a stylish, modern, clean and comfortable hotel with nice sized rooms for a European hotel in this price range, wifi, a lovely downstairs bar and a nice range of breakfast options in the morning. Book in advance as given the other options in the area, this hotel with its service with a smile and great price/quality ratio will fill up fast.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

I cannot recommend this hotel enough for all round quality.
The recent renovation has seen this hotel become an elegant, stylish and very comfortable stay.
The staff are all incredibly efficient, friendly and really make every effort to make your stay as 'special' and as comfortable as possible.
Please consider this as your first option while visiting this beautiful town and explore this fine region of France.
It's location is very central with everything you need in walking distance, a great bar that is stocked with fantastic products both international and local and beautifully designed rooms with the most comfortable beds I have witnessed in a long time.
Merci Beaucoup!
Gee

Room Tip: Best room choice for me - Room 32 - beautiful early morning views over the town.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

Just spent a week here with 20 other people. The hotel is in a lovely old building, the rooms are medium in size and they are nice and have all the things you need like a fridge, safe and free wifi. The plus point is that in the rooms the toilet and the shower rooms are separate which I like. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. It is situated bang in the middle of town and easy to walk to quite a few of the Cognac houses like Martell, Hennessey and Camus. Directly accross the road there is a lot of choice where to eat and drink and a great cognac shop just 2 minutes walk away The breakfast runs till 10am too unlike other places where you have to get up at the break of dawn. It has only been opened for a couple weeks so a few fine tunings need to be done but that is completely natural. I highly recommend this place and will definitely use this hotel again if I com back to Cognac!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Francois 1er

Address: 3 Place Francois 1er, 16100 Cognac, France
Location: France > Poitou-Charentes > Charente > Cognac
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Cognac
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Francois 1er 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Due to its privileged location (in the center of Cognac), Francois Premier Hotel is your ideal base for your travels on foot (your car being parked inside). Its spa with swimming pool, hammam and massage will guarantee intense relaxing moments. Its exceptional cocktail bar (both in its products and its barman) welcomes you for nice evenings (until 2am). All this in a modern setting, perfectly balancing the elegance of the mansions of the 19th century with the audacity of contemporary design For a great stay in Cognac ... ... more   less 
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