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“Drab hotel in a drab village in a drab region” 2 of 5 stars
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Relais de la Poste
24 Avenue de Maremne, 40140 Magescq, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Magescq
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“Drab hotel in a drab village in a drab region”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2008

We wanted to stay in a good Relais and Chateaux hotel near Biarritz for 6 nights and therefore chose Relais de la Poste. Unfortunately we were very disappointed. Our 2 double rooms were in the old part of the hotel. They would have been great for 1980's afficionados, but were not to our liking. We asked to change to a newer suite, but the hotel manager did not allow us to have beds for both the children in the large sitting room of the suite. So we decided to stay in the brownish rooms without balconies. We had expected a nice pool area and tennis court. Both areas must have been very nice in the 1980's, but do not meet todays standard. At least not Relais and Chateaux standard. The restaurant management had a more friendly attitude and the food was very good, some dishes outstanding, others not.

  • Liked — Food
  • Disliked — The attitude
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2008

Like many, we booked an overnight to sample a fine 2 star meal.

I cannot fault the room; it was immaculate, smartly furnished, and comfortable with a lovely terrace overlooking the floral and sculpture gardens and the pool. Charming yet modern. I enjoyed a nice soak in the large tub.

The meal itself was indeed very good, but we did not find it exceptional or up to its star rating. This is supposed to be food as an art form, and something was amiss in the attention to detail. Some dishes were outstanding and some (particularly dessert) were not of the quality one would expect. The pacing of courses was a bit off; some came almost too quickly and some very slowly. Perhaps the larger issue in the dining room was a pervasive sense of staff indifference. I don't think the pastry chef would have been happy to see his dessert served flopped over on its side -- whoops -- oh well. Service like that shouldn't happen in the land of food as art.

We must have been visiting while the gardener and pool staff were on vacation though -- the pool and its deck was completely covered in pine needles and the flowers needed some attention. I almost started pinching off the deadhead blossoms myself. My companion nearly rehung pictures on the wall that were crooked. Again, we found attention to detail lacking. The grounds have some interesting artwork and are enjoyable to stroll.

My sense is Relais de la Poste used to try much harder than it does now. If you go you will definitely have a good meal and a comfortable stay. But it won't be as exceptional as it could have been if they'd pay attention to the details that make up the total experience.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2007

We went only for one night and mainly because we wanted to try the restaurant, which is supposed to be very good. It was excellent indeed. It is a Relais Chateaux hotel, in the cathegory of Relais Gourmands.

The rooms are very spacious and new. The attention is excellent.

Restaurant was excellent and the setting is very beautiful.

We had dinner by the fireplace. We took breakfast also, which was around 16 euros per person (this I don't remember exactly). You had to order it the night before asking specifically for what you wanted. If you wanted eggs it was about 20 euros.

We will definitely go back as it was a very nice one night away from home.

If you go, make the reservation directly with the hotel ON THE PHONE, as it is cheaper than making it through Relais Chateaux or the hotel web site.

  • Liked — RESTAURANT AND SPACIOUSNESS AND CONFORT OF THE ROOM
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Relais de la Poste

Address: 24 Avenue de Maremne, 40140 Magescq, France
Location: France > Aquitaine > Landes > Magescq
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Magescq
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
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