We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Couldn't ask for more” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maison de la Commanderie

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Save
You added Maison de la Commanderie to your Saves list
Maison de la Commanderie
2.0 of 5 Guest house   |   3 bis rue Porte Brunet, 33500 Saint-Emilion, France   |  
  |  
  |  
Hotel website
  |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #5 of 20 Saint-Emilion B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sydney
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Couldn't ask for more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This was a last minute booking for us and we were very happy. Laurent is a fantastic host and greeted us like we were old friends. Him and his colleagues couldn't have been more helpful and welcomes us into the hotel which is obviously very important to him. The rooms are modern and nice, everything you need/want. At the drop of a hat the hotel was happy to book restaurants, wine tours and anything we asked for. The chateau is very well loved. Don't miss the breakfast. Brilliant. Will def go back.

  • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

85 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    64
    14
    5
    1
    1
See reviews for
12
49
1
3
Rating summary
  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (19)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
New Orleans
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Like another reviewer, I did not see any reviews on Booking.com so I was uncertain what to expect. We were so pleased by our accomodations here. It is a beautiful building in the center of the village. Our room, well more of an apartment, was beautiful renovated with top notch ammenities. Our bedding was so comfortable, the bathroom perfectly renovated, comfy sofa & flat screen tv. Free wifi. We were on the top floor so the stairs were a little tough but so worth it. The view from our room, which had large windows that opened up to the beautiful village & amazing vineyards. It was like a post card. We had a HUGE balcony with a bistrot table to sit & have coffee. The owners were so nice & they served us a great breakfast that was all home made. He also shared his partners family's wine with us & it was so good. We came home with some & hope to get more. He also gave us directions to do some things & dinner suggestions. All of this said, the price of the room was amazing. What a great value! I think the best value in town by far!

Room Tip: Top floor room
See more room tips
  • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

The last time we were in Saint Emilion was in May 22, 2001 when I wrote to you the following Travel Notes:

"Tonite we are at a 4 star hotel called Hostellerie De Plaisance which cost about 900 FF or $120. Too elegant for us as we are more comfortable in less fancy places. Of course, the structure is a renovated old castle which would run $500+ per nite at home. Diner was at the ultra fine dining room at the hotel with a great view of the wine fields over the Dorogne. Very fancy menu de Hotel. Very tasty and innovative but I really don't remember what we ate other than there were lots of courses and it tasted great. Likely spent more on diner and the fine Bordeaux white wine and aperitifs than the room cost. Have to do something like this every trip."

Things are very different for us 10 years later

First we have become very comfortable in 4 and 5 star hotels and second with the rise in the Euro... Hostellerie De Plaisance is now 900€ that's EURO per nite... Of course, we now usually do "Something like this" almost every day....

It was now harvest (Sept 2011) in St Emilion... Every wine tourist in the world was in St Emilion....we were booked into a hotel with NO STARS...

How Bad Could It Get..

Our GPS took us down a dirt road that paralleled the walls of the city.. there was a narrow city gate but we figured to walk to see what we were getting into before we scrapped the car through the narrow passage... So off we trudged through narrow cobblestone streets until we found the address ... NO STARS... but only a small discrete brass plaque...on what looked like a house... a paper sign said not open to 3 PM (It was 1 PM)... but there was a phone number in case of emergency.. So I called and told the person on the phone we were here... a few seconds later, the door opened by a very large man in his 30's who welcomed us to his home... it seemed that the home in the wall of the city had been transformed into a B&B....since it had less than 6 rooms, it was not rated any stars... In fact it was easily the only true 5 star place in St Emilion......

The owner and his partner took us up to our room which was spectacularly decorated...The both did such a wonderful job and really care about their property and guests..

We spent the day wandering through the massive weekend wine crowds of St Emilion, It is truly a center for some of the best wines in the world. Lots of wine shops, wine tasting rooms and wine museums.... really interesting.

We had dinner at a restaurant "le Gar 'Dines" which was very near to the hotel... great bottle of Bordeaux wine... with very good food....Doris had the Duck... it was so good, that we went back the next nite as well.... one bonus of coming back a second time was that the owner knew us, gave us a special table and generally treated us as long lost friends rather than tourists.... it was really nice....

Monday the weekend wine crowds had disappeared... we went for a hike through the vineyards. Found some wine tasting places in the fields.. and generally had a very good time...

Now a Special Treat... the owner's partner Martine..owned a small vineyard in Paulliac so he invited us to come visit him... His mother owned a big vineyard as well.... so we drove out to his mother's vineyard... to taste her wines ... which were very good indeed... then Martine jumped into the driver's seat and took us for a very personal tour of Paulliac ...we got to barrel taste his wines...We got to see famous places such as Cheval Blanc whose wines go for 3000-10,000€ per bottle... truly amazing experiences...

Now we were never that expert on Red Wines and usually preferred to drink the whites. This trip to Bordeaux really changed us.... The Bordeaux wines are just superb.

We were probably most impressed by the pride of workmanship and quality of the Bordeaux wines. They are not allowed to water their vines, they are limited to one bottle per plant. The intensity of the flavor is of paramount importance. The wines on the right bank around Saint Emilion are a little more mellow so they can be drunk in a couple of years as opposed to the left bank around Saint Julien where you need to wait at least 5-7 years to drink the wines.. A good Bordeaux is a real wonderful treat...

Of course, we stocked up on wines from every vineyard we visited... Bordeaux seems to have figured out how to ship wines to the USA...so for about $6-10 per bottle they would guarantee door to door shipment... we had found shipping wines to the USA to be impossible only last year...so this is a most welcome improvement...

Tuesday AM after a delicious breakfast in our B&B, we sadly bid farewell to Saint Emilion..
as we drove to catch the TGV Bullet train to Paris from Bordeaux


For me, reading my Travel Notes from 2001, I can see how much we have changed..in 10 years
Perhaps we are a bit older and a bit wiser.. but it seems we are actually having more fun now....

Bottom Line: A few minutes ago, we just booked the Maison de la Commanderie for September 2012... so obviously we liked it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

My friends and I had a great time at the maison de la Commanderie. Our room was out of this world, beautiful and clean. There was not a detail that had been ignored by the designer, our host himself--it made us feel much richer than we are. Also, our host, Laurent Simon, bakes his own breads, jams, and many other things that made our breakfasts just really good. The place is very quiet and look over an Medieval Cordeliers place. Just beautiful Oh, I forget, we also had our own medieval-looking balcony, getting in there from a small tower at the corner of the upper floor where we were. Ah, just incredible a place and service. I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Upper level corner suite has entry to a balcony thru a medieval tower. incredible.
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

We stayed in the room at the top of the hotel. Our balcony overlooked all of Saint-Emilion...and it was a fantastic view! Since we were three friends traveling together it accomodated us nicely...two in a queen bed and one on a pull out sofa bed. The owner/proprietor was very sweet and made us feel at home. The room and bathroom had recently been rennovated (we could still smell the paint) and therefore it was impeccably clean. We especially enjoyed our breakfast, which was homemade everything! Delish! I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is a 5 bedroom b&b with lovely updated rooms. It also has large modern washrooms and a great location. The views from our room were spectacular and our host was very friendly and accommodating.
I would highly recommend it for anyone who would like to stay in Saint Emilion.

Room Tip: Locating the b&b and figuring out where and how to park are challenging for St. Emilion in gener...
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Denmark
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

The B&B is perfectly located just minutes away from the city centre. We stayed in the Chambre des Chevaliers which offers a beautiful view over Saint Emillion and the surrounding area. The room was newly renovated to a very high standard. It had a combined heater and air condition unit. It was quite cold when we visited but the heating worked fine. The host is a really nice guy. He served breakfast with home made bread, jam and cakes in the combined kitchen and dining room. This B&B might seem a bit expensive but considering the standard of the room and the generally high price level in Saint Emillion we found it quite reasonable.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Maison de la Commanderie? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Maison de la Commanderie

Address: 3 bis rue Porte Brunet, 33500 Saint-Emilion, France
Phone Number:
Location: France > Aquitaine > Gironde > Saint-Emilion
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Saint-Emilion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Maison de la Commanderie 2*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Guesthouse in a 12th century house, in the heart of St Emilion.View over the city (Unesco Monuments)in the two luxury bedrooms. Home made breakfast.Home and conviviality, refined decoration. Table on reservation. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Travelocity, Hotels.com and Priceline so you can book your Maison de la Commanderie reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Maison de la Commanderie, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.