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“Top class hotel. Amazing location. The dinner alone is worth the visit.” 5 of 5 stars
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Les Deux Abbesses
Le Chateau Le Bourg, 43300 Saint-Arcons-d Allier, France   |  
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Top class hotel. Amazing location. The dinner alone is worth the visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Relaxing place in the middle of nowhere, top service, the cheapest room that we had was both beautiful and confortable. The dinner was an experience in itself - all six dishes were exceptional!

Don't forget to ask for full hot breakfast, which is included. In our case the waiter proposed bread, croissants, preserves, yogourt and tea/coffee without offering anything else, so we thought they did not have any eggs or cheese, the place is remote, but as it happens they do, but you have to ask.

Unfortunately, no shower curtain. And do not take "house" champagne for aperitif by the glass - it's average, expensive and was served almost warm. For the same price they have Billecart-Salmon by the glass on the wine list, I wonder why we have not been offered it.

The place is not cheap, but worth the money. Overall, it is highly recommended. The little negatives have not spoiled the experience. The food is amazing, I have to say it again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

Quiet, discreet, elegant, small establishment. Located in the 'outback' of France, this is the place to come if you're looking for pleasant hikes, fascinating medieval cathedrals and no crowds (and no tourist scourge). Dinner comes with the rate, and its because there really isn't a restaurant scene anywhere nearby (which was terrific by us). Food was delicious, wine list a bit limited but fine. We started with Gin and Tonics in the garden, then sauntered into the dining room around 7:30 each evening (we're American early eaters). Service was impeccable and not intrusive. Among the best Relais & Chateaux we've ever stayed in.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

The location is incredible, a unique setting being in the middle of this idyllic village. The room was so cute, it was essentially a whole house. Charming, beautifully decorated.

Staff were helpful and friendly, very at tentative and a real family feeling.

Food was good but not great. Was going to mark the property down for this one reason, but kept it at 5 stars as they are deserved.

However, we look forward to returning soon. Worth a detour, highly rated

Room Tip: We had the cheapest category, which was still excellent
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

Outstanding surroundings and outstanding idea as regards to renovating a small village into a luxury 5 stars hotel - the houses are actually the rooms-.

Outstanding welcome as well from the owner, who makes you feel like being good and close friends meeting up again – the handling of guest is smart and warm, with a great sense of humor – Overall, the entire staff falls into that pattern – it’s really unexpected to find such quality staff in such a remote area, simple, friendly and true. Absolutely excellent in this respect.

Rooms are really outstanding, it’s full of great ideas, and really creative – not the same decoration magazine over and over again, I certainly will remember this place! Top of this, it’s amazingly peaceful and quiet, very relaxing.

Excellent restaurant, very nicely decorated, and special congratulations for the lounge, which is warm and authentic.

Spa is a bit restricted, though; massage (subcontracted) is just below fair, to my view – the only thing I did not enjoy during my stay –

  • Stayed June 2011, 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Lovely stay at Les Deux Abbesses, an enchanting place for a couple to spend some quality time and visit the gorgeous region. Our little house was very nice, clean and comfortable; a perfect "nid d'amour". Food was excellent although the chef should improve on the risotto, as it was definetly overcooked. Service was great and we felt the staff really cared about us. The ambiance was kind of magic although sometimes we thought the attitude of the hostess could have been a bit nicer. All in all, we were not disappointed: our stay was almost perfect and we'll gladly return soon!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paris
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

A beautiful and enchantered place located in a small renovated village of the Middle AGes .The restaurant and living room are located in the castle . Excellent cook , varied and imaginative that we enjoyed for week . The rooms are located in the houses of the village that overlooks the river Allier. A swimming pool but can go hiking, rafting and canoeing in a beautiful region stil unknow to mass tourism . Also as the town of LE Puy was the starting point of the pilgrimage to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, a lot of churches and monasteries to visit. the A must to discover France

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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santhià
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

First we must say that the “les Deux Abbesses” website is absolutely truthful.
We needed a relaxing holiday and the information on the website seemed to suggest that this was the place we were looking for and it actually was.
If you want to live a holiday” far from the madding crowd” this is the right place .
The whole complex is great, different from the usual hotels. The rooms are located in the small village of Saint Arcons d’Allier in independent houses so that you feel as if you lived in the old village itself -we were in the Atelier du painter , which was a very nice attic in what was the old ”Rectory” . Lots of amenities in the room and above all no TV.
The reception, the dining room and the tea room are located in what was the ancient castle where the old warm atmosphere is well preserved . You reach the castle walking on a cobblestone paving.

We spent 4 nights last 6th August and the fine weather allowed us to appreciate the cosy garden which ,for us, was one of the many beautiful spots of the hotel; there, we had our breakfast in the morning(so nicely served) and a glass of wine at the sunset , relaxing on the comfortable deckchairs overlooking a quiet woody hill : the only “noise” was the water flowing down the valley. There are small and intimate corners in this garden where you can appreciate its quietness and stunning views: all of that with a remarkable attention to details.

We enjoyed also the swimming pool and again the location is very nice.

In addition food was exceptional: I would say that the cuisine is "daring" but absolutely fantastic. IUnusual food matching and great service
All the staff was very kind and caring and the service very accurate.
Bernard proved to be very helpful and the lady at the receptionist gave us all the information we needed to visit the surroundings . They are beautiful and it’s like a step back in the old times: small villages and simple life.

So , we highly recommend this hotel.
anna and Francesco

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Le Chateau Le Bourg, 43300 Saint-Arcons-d Allier, France
Location: France > Auvergne > Haute-Loire > Saint-Arcons-d Allier
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Arcons-d Allier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An Enchanted Enchanting Lodge in Auvergne, the Green Vulcanic center of FranceThe pebbled laneways of the village, crowded with hollyhocks, have become the corridors of the hotel…In a tiny village built from basalt rock, pebbled laneways form the corridors of this unique retreat where fourteen rooms have been created in a dozen fully restored cottages. In the southern Auvergne the chateau of the Lafayette family forms the heart of our enchanting hotel in this delightful hamlet.A disarmingly simple establishment merging refinement with abundance gives itself without limit to all who have a love of history and culture, and a desire to recapture an archetypal past.A new concept is introduced in this charming deluxe hostelry in the countryside – ideally combining the total independence and services of a beautiful hotel with the warmth and personality of a friendly home. ... more   less 
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