We stayed here for one night at the end of a coach tour of the Loire valley. The picture shown on this site is misleading as the main part of the hotel seems to be of a prefabricated construction - metal brackets with screws were visible on the inside of our bedroom wall - the room was on the small side with one very small window and it was necessary to put on the light during the day to read. The furniture was cheap and nasty, a formica table in place of a dressing table, similar smaller tables by the bed and a sheet of plastic on rails in place of curtains. There was a strange plastic matting on the bathroom floor which cannot be easy to clean properly. the only positive things I can say about the room are that the air conditioning worked well and the beds were comfortable.
We had tea and coffee making facilities in our room, albeit with paper cups not pottery ones, but others in our group were less fortunate and were told that "tours" were no longer being given tea and coffee.
The hotel does have a very nice pool area although on our arrival we were told it was closed but we were allowed to use it after a short while. The bar and dining room are attractive but our group was put in a separate room for meals even though the hotel appeared virtually empty of other guests.
We were given a set menu for dinner with a vegetarian main course alternative but as we had to make this choice 24 hours in advance I'm sure a wider range of options could have been offered. The meal when it arrived was of a quality that was quite frankly an embarrassment to a four star hotel. Clearly the hotel has a problem regarding crockery as there were no side plates and our bread rolls were on the tablecloth, our main course was served in a soup bowl and there were no saucers for tea and coffee cups. The starter was a plate of salad (leaves, sweetcorn, beetroot, a few pieces of tomato) which must have cost pence to produce. The main course was appalling. 3 cubes of fatty lamb in a tasteless sauce with a few fragments of carrot and peas served on a spoonful of plain rice. The clafoutis for dessert was dried up and very hot - the victim of a recent encounter with a microwave I suspect.
To end on a more positive note the breakfast was good, typical of a hotel catering for business travellers. My overall impression is that the hotel is just trying to get away with catering for tour groups as cheaply as possible as we are unlikely to return - if that is the aim, they have undoubtedly achieved it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In magnificient 20 hectare gounds, combine leisure and work with 16 meeting rooms spread out over 1000 square metres. When it is time to relax, enjoy our fitness circuit in the woods, outdoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, shooting, archery, cycling and golf driving range. The outdoor pool is open from mid May to mid September. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Paris Sud Parc Du Coudray France/Le Coudray Montceaux