All of the positives reviews are accurate. Let me start off by saying this was our first stop outside of Paris and we had "issues" getting the rental car and on the right road. We were running late getting here, and I was emailing with Isabelle from my phone letting her know. She had dinner ready for us upon arrival. In fact, when we walked in, she had a glass of wine waiting for us.
During our stay they made the most amazing vegetarians meals for us. The bread is made here daily in a 70 year old oven, Isabelle is the fourth generation running this Hotel, her daughter seems to be ready to take the helm at any time.
We were here for New Years Eve and enjoyed a four hour meal capped by ringing in the new year with half the village that had joined Mendi for the celebration.
We chose Mendi as it was centrally located to exploring the Basque Country. 20 mins from St Jean du Port, 30 mins to Bayonne etc.
The Spa is a steam room, sauna and a pool with cardio equipment. It was actually larger than I expected.
The negative comments in some reviews, I feel are folks who are being too picky.
This village hotel is run by a warm family who without trying, makes you feel like you are staying with your own family ( only without the crazy Uncle).
The upside to Trip Advisor is that others will discover Mendi. The downside to Trip Advisor is that it won't be my little secret.
As a business owner, I can appreciate how much work goes on behind the scene, and I am amazed on how easy Isabelle makes it look. That tells you a lot right there.
Experiences like this is why we travel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Spa Mendi Alde has 15 rooms Logis 3 fireplaces, 3 cocottes on the village square of Ossès. We have a Spa of 100 M2 with indoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, cold water basin, fitness room. The spa is free from 10 am to 7 pm for the pool and from 4 pm to 7 pm for the sauna and the hammam. You have the possibility to privatize this space. We have a restaurant room with a terrace overlooking the mountain. We work only fresh products. We make our bread every day, cooked in a wood-burning oven. Viennese pastries, jams, ice creams, desserts are prepared in our kitchens. A buffet of "organic" products is at your disposal during the summer. ... more less
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