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38 rue Saint Jean de l'Habit, 49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye France
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#1 of 3 hotels in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
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A stay at the heart of Fontevraud Royal Abbey? A night with Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and then Queen of England? Fontevraud L'Hotel offers an incomparable experience. At the Saint-Lazare priory, formerly the home of a community of nuns, the tradition of hospitality that is an intrinsic part of this place is being renewed. Sleeping in the tranquil silence of the Abbey, walking alone through the monastery as night falls ... These are magical private moments. The 54 rooms of this four-star hotel have been fitted out with great respect for this almost 1000 year-old monument, whose face is firmly turned towards the future. Each of the rooms is a cosy refuge: high-quality bedding, elegant contemporary furniture that uses noble materials such as oak, and is made with respect for the environment - all this made especially for Fontevraud L'Hotel
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Secured parking
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Soundproof rooms
Interconnected rooms available
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Owen W wrote a review Jan 7
La Roche Chalais, France8 contributions11 helpful votes
What a shame… …it’s not often we leave a hotel and feel glad to get away, but somehow we both felt that way as we pulled away after two nights… On the plus side: the bed in our suite was fab, very very comfortable. Good sleep, especially with the quiet, pretty well guaranteed. And, er, that’s it! The downsides… As mentioned by a recent reviewer, the service is lacklustre, disinterested and appears to be bored. With the odd exception, the staff don’t do anything to make you feel good about staying here. Whilst a lot of money has obviously been spent refurbishing the Abbeye and hotel buildings, and they are lovely, the big issue is that in the conversion to a hotel absolutely no thought has been given to make the hotel cosy or a nice place to stay if, say, it’s wet, cold, or everything is basically closed because it’s France in January. As a result whilst the bedrooms are fine and comfortable, albeit spartan, there is nowhere to go to relax. No cosy nooks, no honesty bar, no library with a roaring fire… yes, I’m sure the hotel may reply saying they have a room with armchairs and a selection of books gathered in front of an open fire… but… that is a small part of a massive open, high ceilinged room, which would be ok to sit in for a few minutes perhaps, but isn’t at all a warm, welcoming space, indeed, it’s a space everyone walks through to get from reception to the breakfast room, which is also used for the restaurant in the evening… Speaking of breakfast… you can choose to add that to your stay. The promise of a breakfast ‘prepared by the Michelin starred team’ is very tempting, and good value at €20, right until the point where you see it. There are about 4-5 small areas to select from the self service buffet. Bread/croissants etc; juices; meat and cheese; cereals and jams and fruit salad; and a slightly odd poached egg area with some kind of mushroom pot. No hot options. To be frank, you get better breakfasts at budget hotels, heck we even have had a better breakfast at a chateau during lockdown-and they didn’t even have a restaurant! Then when you factor in the buildup‘Michelin starred’ and surroundings and you actually feel cheated. We’ve had rubbish service, rubbish food etc elsewhere… but it’s rare to actually feel so bad about an experience… As for the room… we had 222, the StNazaire suite. It was only €120 per night (plus breakfast!) and in general terms was good value for that. It’s one step up from the basic rooms, but good value nonetheless. However… with its two rooms (plus bathroom with just a shower) you wonder why on earth they put the tv in the bedroom and left the lounge/seating area with no entertainment at all, crazy! The tv by the way only had about half the channels working, so nothing but French language channels. The listed foreign language channels, of which about 6 were English, didn’t function; and none of the radio channels worked at all. And the Abbeye/local environs…? Abbeye is beautiful but small (yes I know it’s the largest in Europe) so doesn’t take long at all to get around. There really aren’t any grounds to explore for hours as you might do in a chateau or country house. Oh, and yes, we did treat ourselves to the attached Michelin starred restaurant… don’t expect that to bring reliable, we have just posted a 2 star (out of 5) review for that, such a disappointment… So, in short, if you are passing through and need a bed for the night, as in REALLY just want a bed for 1 night, then this might do. But even if you do that, bring your own fun. If you want somewhere to stay more than 1 night, look elsewhere. Seriously.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The StNazaire suite overlooks a hotel facility of some sort, so you will get some banging (bins,...
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ryetee wrote a review Oct 2021
Miramont-de-Guyenne, France143 contributions94 helpful votes
We must have been there about the same time as JackS4377 judging by his review. The problems start with its website: in either the French or the English language version it is economical with the information it imparts. The hotel trades on the association of its building with the former Abbey (which was subsequently used as a prison between 1804 and 1963). The building holding the hotel has been totally remodelled internally and is bland. The Abbey and its grounds are open to the general public during daytime hours for a small fee. Be aware also that some of those main buildings/rooms are used for conferences/business meetings. The sole advantage to be gained by staying in this hotel is that one can venture into the Abbey buildings at night. Whether this "privilege" justifies the experience as a whole, or the cost, is highly debatable. The buildings are just the same they are during the daytime, but darker. The main difficulty which we encountered was with the staff: poorly trained; unhelpful; incompetent; surly throughout, except for the man who drove the golf cart to move one's bags who was a cheerful soul; completely unapologetic when a simple error was pointed out. A French gentleman expressed himself at some length to me in the lobby, in French, which aligned his experiences with ours. The meagre breakfast is extremely poor value at €20 a head: one is asked on the website to reserve breakfast according to ages - there's no need to do so as everyone helps themselves from the same buffet. A bottle of wine offered €17 in the lobby morphed into a charge of some €40 when placed into a "picnic basket"... Residence in the hotel is no indication that one will get preference in reserving a table in the restaurant: when I contacted the hotel well in advance of our arrival asking for a table on any of the three nights we would be staying there I was informed that the restaurant was fully booked on the first night, a Sunday, and "closed on Mondays and Tuesdays" to which I had seen no reference on either language website. In fairness, the room we had was very pleasant - spacious, nicely equipped and with a particularly comfortable bed.
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Date of stay: September 2021
habs07 wrote a review Oct 2021
New York City, New York83 contributions49 helpful votes
We were really looking forward to our stay here. Knowing that one of us would be arriving late from Paris, we booked a reservation in the hotel wine bar at 9:30pm for the night of our arrival. The hotel confirmed this reservation in writing and then we re-confirmed the dinner reservation the day before our arrival. Despite this, just before our arrival at 7pm, the hotel called us saying that they had to cancel our dinner reservation because they had a large group that they decided to take instead. I had never had anything like this happen before. They told us to go eat in town instead. The hotel is in a very small town, there is nowhere else you can eat at 9:30pm. The hotel staff were not apologetic at all and acted like it was totally normal to unilaterally cancel a confirmed dinner reservation at the last minute. We very politely asked if there was any way at all we could be accommodated and they said no. The best they could offer was a room service "basket" that we could either eat in our room or in a room adjacent to the lobby. We opted to eat in the small business area and had the food dumped in front of us, served all in one course in a box, about a half hour after ordering. We were still charged the full restaurant price for the meal. The rest of our stay was fine, but this set it off to such a terrible start that it was hard to enjoy. It is really unfortunate, as the hotel is situated in amazing setting. The access to the abbey at night after it is closed to the general public is really wonderful and the only reason I would suggest staying at the hotel despite the horrible service.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Jack S wrote a review Sep 2021
12 contributions6 helpful votes
We were looking forward to staying in this hotel. At the point of booking, we were quite disappointed that the restaurant was closed. This was the main reason we had chosen the hotel. Nonetheless the hotel looked great, and the reviews were good so we proceeded anyway. The hotel is set in the stunning grounds of Fontevraud Abbey. We arrived in the car park and were escorted through the 200m route to the hotel itself through the abbey grounds on a golf cart. Note for people who do not like walking 200m (not a problem for us) that this golf cart was not on an on demand service - just to help with bags. This did not bother us as we enjoyed the walk. We were asked at check-in what time we would like breakfast, and presented with a water container as a gift to fill up with fresh water. Nice, but probably a little unnecessary. In fact, we would have exchanged the free water container for a room that could comfortably fit a double bed. We were staying in the pricier garden room. It was clear a lot of money has been spent on this hotel, but the basics have been forgotten entirely. There was no kettle in the room, no tea making facility, no iron and barely space to walk around the bed. We have stayed in bigger rooms in Premier Inns and Travelodges. It did not help that at night, there are a number of ambient lights that we had to cover up with clothes because we could not turn them off. Basic issues for a hotel that puts itself out as a luxury hotel. The bathroom was more spacious and well decorated. Unfortunately this did not make up for the tiny room. Breakfast was average. The buffet was served in the beautiful restaurant area, but there really was not a lot of choice. Fruits, coddled eggs, cereals, bread, cheese and ham, some pastries. Tea and coffee. We would have not mentioned this, had we not been charged for breakfast by surprise. When we first checked in we were asked “what time would you like breakfast”. This hotel was part of a longer trip in France, so we couldn’t remember whether breakfast was included or not. The check in staff did not say at any point that breakfast was included. We felt a little cheated into paying €40 for a breakfast that was fairly average. Had we known, we would have got a pastry from around the corner. It’s puzzling to see why hotels try this on with some guests. It is in the interests of neither the guest (who feels cheated) and the hotel (for whom they have an unhappy customer). We won’t be returning to Fontevraud Hotel. It is grossly overpriced and lacks the basic level of comfort and facilities we would expect for a hotel of this nature.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Dantol13 wrote a review Jun 2020
Altrincham, United Kingdom203 contributions71 helpful votes
The Abbey is stunning inside and out. Beautifully decorated and making the most of the architecture. View from room onto garden completed the stay. Buffet breakfast offered plenty of choice. We were greeted and driven to the front door in buggy.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fontevraud L'Hôtel
Which popular attractions are close to Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
Nearby attractions include L’Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (0.2 miles), Eglise Saint Michel (0.2 miles), and Parfum de France (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fontevraud, Restaurant Le Plantagenet Fontevraud, and Restaurant de L'abbaye le Delice.
Is Fontevraud L'Hôtel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Fontevraud-l'Abbaye.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Fontevraud L'Hôtel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Fontevraud L'Hôtel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting L’Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (0.2 miles), Église Saint-Aubin (3.2 miles), and Eglise Sainte-Radegonde (3.9 miles).