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Hostellerie de Plaisance
Place du Clocher, Saint-Emilion, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Saint-Emilion
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Perfect in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

I stayed here for two nights, eating dinner in the restaurant for one of those two nights. I cannot say that I found one fault with the hotel. From the staff to the food to the rooms, it was worth the price and I would have gladly stayed many more days.

Pros:
Location. It is in the center of town
Rooms. Well appointed (clarins products) amazing beds and pillows
Food. Breakfast is a delight and the restaurant was all that its two stars promised it would be
Staff. So helpful and pleasant. They helped arrange activities for me, it was amazing
wifi: fast and readily available throughout the hotel

Cons:
Only con was there was no gym. But, there are two towers you can climb in town and plenty of places to take walks or runs, so it wasn't a huge issue.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    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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London
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

A true 5* experience from the welcome to the enormous and sumptuous rooms, the fabulous breakfast and the delicious dinner. Perched on top of the hill the views are spectacular and you are right amongst the cobbled streets for a wander. No where better to stay, or eat, on the Right Bank.

  • Stayed March 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We have stayed at this hotel several times and enjoyed dinner here every time. Having had the good fortune to stay in many of the top hotels in France, I would have to say that while it is not cheap, it is most certainly value for money and on a par with the very best in France. You can perhaps find greater luxury or more attentive service in Paris, but you will struggle to find anything comparable when set in the context of Plaisance's position in this beautiful town. If you want to combine luxury and Saint Emilion, then look no further.

The restaurant is simply of the very highest standard and the cuisine directed by M. Etchebest, coupled with the family friendly service offered by him and all the staff, should make this a memorable experience for all. We have dined here with our young(ish) children and all were made both welcome and provided with personal service both at the table and in our room.

My one slight concern is the growing popularity of the hotel and its star chef, but so far neither has dimmed the quality on offer.

Room Tip: We have stayed both in town and in the Chateau, which is slightly out of town in the vineyards. The...
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

My wife and I spent two nights here in October. It was my second visit, and I knew this is where we needed to be. Situated at the top of an ancient and picturesque hill town, the views are amazing. The hotel is magnificent, with service to match. The housekeeping was over the top. I had to take a photo of the way the housekeeper beautifully arranged our toiletries every day. Our room (Pavie - all rooms are named for nearby wine chateaux of the area) was wonderful. The views from all three sides were breathtaking. The decor was beautiful, with a bathroom to die for. There was nothing missing here.

Room Tip: We loved our room (Pavie). Try to get a good view. It may cost a little extra, but is worth every...
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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
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Boulder, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

The hotel is undeniabely stunning. The town is so charming, I compare it to a French version of Orvieto.
Our room (Cheval Blanc) was gorgeous, with a huge terrace with jaw dropping views.
The service was very good, particularly at the front desk. The gentleman who was working in the dining room wasn't particularly friendly, but it may have been more of a cultural difference.
The dining room and hotel bar were lovely, and one of the staff was nice enough to take us on a tour of the catacombs and church below the hotel.
I have to admit I nearly fainted when I saw that breakfast was 29 euros, but I went for it, and wasn't diappointed, it was fresh, original and fantastic.
I was too jet lagged, so I skipped dinner, but 5 out of the 7 friends who did go to dinner weren't that happy with it. We ate at very high end restaurants for the duration of our trip, and this was their least favorite meal.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Rio de Janeiro
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

Since I like to complain about something, despite the title of my review, parking can be a challenge, even though the hotel will park your car for you. I wonder why didn’t they think about parking when they were building the town on the middle ages.
Now, for the good part: FOOD, LOCATION, GREAT SERVICE, everything, except parking.
Pity we stayed only one unforgettable night. Be sure to check the restaurant closing day when you plan your trip.

  • Stayed July 2011, 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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lexington, ky
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Beautiful hotel superb location right in town, with a jaw dropping view from the terrace.
Had a wonderful meal in the restaurant and the best service imaginable. Only 1 complaint, our party had 3 rooms and all three were too hot even with the AC on. 1 room had a portable AC unit delivered, and the other 2 rooms were given fans which helped but it was still too warm to get dressed without braking a sweat. Granted we are all from the US and a bit spoiled in regards to AC it was a bit of a disappointment when compared to the lovely hotel and fantastic service. Still I would go again in a minute and would ask for the PavIe room beautiful view, or one of the rooms with a balcony!

Room Tip: Pavie or Monbousquet
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hostellerie de Plaisance

Address: Place du Clocher, Saint-Emilion, France
Location: France > Aquitaine > Gironde > Saint-Emilion
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Saint-Emilion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 17
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