This was the highlight of our trip to Provence for our Honeymoon. It was a really exceptionally lovely, small hotel with excellent service. We stayed for four nights in early September.
The hotel's guests are primarily English and American. We did notice a few other languages being spoken other than French but primarily the guest's spoke English. Every staff member could communicate well if not exceptionally well in English.
Our room was lovely, clean and very relaxing. It had a nice seating area and a view of the valley. The room had terra cotta tile floors, a travertine marble bathroom and lots and lots of windows. The bathroom had two shower heads and a separate soaking tub. We received fresh Frette towels every night. The bed was comfortable, not the best mattresses but very adequate with white Frette linens and a nice light but warm duvet. Extra Pillows and duvet were provided in the room. Water (sparkling and still) in the fridge is complimentary.
The food was very very good, we ate at the new Bistro 40K and the Fine Dining Restaurant. I personally preferred the Bistro because the food was more in tune with my Californian Palette. The menu was set with a choice of a main dish either a Fish or a Meat Plate. My husband got a Rabbit and Polenta dish which was outrageously excellent. It was hands down the best polenta I have every had. The desserts were fruit based and perfectly sweet, not too sweet, just the way I like it. The fine dining restaurant was also very very good. I had an interesting dish there, a cold melon soup with a fish emulsion which was very unusual but excellent.
Breakfast was included and is superb, with a large assortment of options from cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, nuts, dried fruit, meats, scrambled and poached eggs, sausage, breads, croissants, jams, juices, sparkling water and of course great coffee. As an American I love my pot of coffee and you can get this here! A good large pot of coffee for your table was very lovely and obviously and understandably hard to find elsewhere in France.
The pool is kept at a warm and civilized temp but is still refreshing. Good quality towels by the pool and places to lounge out of the sun.
There are well kept bikes and helmets offered for use around the valley and maps to get you around.
We took a jog one morning down a small road it was a lovely time.
The service is exceptional and warm. You will be treated like royalty.
There was a gangly looking spruce tree sort of blocking the view from our room (34). It was not adding anything to the garden, nor providing any privacy. I recommend that the hotel cut it down and replace it with an olive or a citrus tree, which will not block views. (This is a minor quip.)
Maid service one day came at 3pm other times at 10am. It was random but solid. Since the hotel is spread out amongst a 900 year old hill town it can't be easy. This was not an annoyance but just an observation.
I agree with other reviews that this is not in the most picturesque part of Provence when you're in the valley, but the views from the hilltop terraces are very very lovely and relaxing.
If you get to breakfast late, the hot food is very well picked over.
I could see this hotel being difficult to transverse for people with mobility issues.
I think children would be more than welcome and I did see some children, but I see this as primarily an adult hotel for couples.
This is a place to relax, I would not recommend it as a home base for touring but as a fantastic place to relax and rejuvenate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crillon le Brave is a relaxed and informal refuge where you can enjoy all of the simple pleasures of Provence. Located about 25 miles northeast of Avignon, our 36-bedroom hotel - a member of Relais & Chateaux since 1995 - is perched on top of a tiny hill village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The views from our rooms, terraces and gardens are stunning. ... more less
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