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“A Pretentious Place for an extravagant Price”

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Baumaniere les Baux de Provence
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Nancy, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A Pretentious Place for an extravagant Price”
Reviewed October 16, 2011

The location of their Manoir requires a car , has no service and is a real trap for 600 euros per night ( in french un piège à cons).
The restaurant serves an expensive meal with no substance .
There is around wonderful spots .
Forget l' oustau and its greedy management .

  • Stayed October 2011
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2011

We had a group of four people having lunch . We expected to have a delicious lunch for 95 euros per person. We were instructed to select two appetizers and one main course per person. One out of four menus had prices printed on it. The bill for our lunch was over 1024.00 euros and the waiter made sure we had no idea what we were going to pay.
It was a great disappointment to be defrauded by this restaurant. Do not order your meals without a firm understanding of the bill before you place your order.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2011

Our lunch on the terrace at L'Oustau de Baumaniere was among the high points on our recent trip to the Italian Lakes and Provence. The setting of the hotel is spectacular with white outcroppings in the distance. The level of refinement to every aspect of the dining experience here never ceases to amaze from beginning to end. The service is gracious and warm, the food is as beautiful as it is complex in taste. If you are in or near Les Baux, this is worth a visit.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2011

This was our second visit to L'Oustau. The first was ten years ago and we stayed here and ate for one night. This time, we returned just for dinner to see if it was a good as we remembered. Overall, it was a great meal and the room and service were just as nice and special as we remembered. However, it was also very expensive (i.e., more than the experience was worth), and the food was generally more interesting presentation-wise than taste-wise. While we enjoyed everything, there wasn't really a truly special dish that I would rush back to enjoy again.
So, worth a visit especially if you have not experienced a 2-star Michelin before.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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NYC
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

We stayed for three nights at L'Oustau. First of all it is wildly overpriced but if you put that behind you, there is much to savor. The geography of the location with the chalky cliffs all around is breathtaking. The Main House has beautiful rooms both public and private. The pool area is a relaxing place to spend the afternoon. We had to move to Le Manoir after the Main House. We liked it less but it had its own serenity and beauty.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Beirut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2011

So we stayed there with our family of 4 for 3 days this August.
The suite at the Manoir was ok, but much smaller that the one we had at Crillon le Brave (another relais et chateaux further north), and for the same price. The brownish interiors and the small windows don't make things nicer...
Anyways, the staff we came across was nice, but the Hotel is SERIOUSLY understaffed.
We did not try the restaurant, as they don't have any kids menu, and the Menu was like 135Euros per person. Also, they give us very few options to accommodate the children through room service. A croque Monsieur (basic cheese and Ham sandwich) was out of the question, and we had to beg for bolognese...
Forget the spa... they are all very nice, but if you have ever been to Asia you will feel like you are being treated by amateurs... the therapists have no strength in their hands... they are basically rubbing you with oil...
Breakfast was ok, and the setting of the gardens is nice. The village of Les Baux itself was a huge disappointment. It is very small... a lot of fuss about not much... The area is nice, Maussane, Eygalieres, St Remi, etc... but I preferred the northern part of Provence...try Crillon le Brave!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Wimbledon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stayed here for the first time this year after having eaten in the restaurant twice before whilst staying nearby. I felt compelled to write and say what a lovely hotel it is having read some of the negative reviews. We have young children so stayed in one of their suites and the room was gorgeous, beautifully and tastefully furnished and very spacious. The bathroom was nothing like that in other reviews, we have lived in France for many years and have seen many a miserable French hotel bathroom and this was nothing like that. It was enormous with a huge walk in tiled shower, it was like having your own private spa. Our boys aged 8 and 6 were very impressed! We love eating out and have eaten in many excellent restaurants around France and have always been very impressed with the food at the Cabro d'Or. Agreed, it's not cheap but it is a fantastic culinary experience. We did not feel under pressure to eat there as some did in other reviews but did so a couple of times as the setting on the terrace under the trees and food is so good. The pool is large (chilly but refreshing!) set in the beautiful grounds and whilst we were there it was possible to buy drinks and snacks from the poolside bar though it didn't seem to be manned as much as some might like. If you're looking for a modern hotel with lots of facilities and entertainment then this may not be for you but if you like somwhere full of character and charm with beautiful grounds, fantastic sightseeing in the area and Michelin star quality fresh, seasonal food then you'll love the Cabro d'Or.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Baumaniere les Baux de Provence
Address: Chemin departemental 27, 13520 Les Baux de Provence, France (Formerly L'Oustau de Baumaniere)
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Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Les Baux de Provence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Les Baux de Provence
#4 Luxury Hotel in Les Baux de Provence
#4 Romantic Hotel in Les Baux de Provence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Baumaniere les Baux de Provence 5*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baumanière Baux de Provence is a 5 stars Relais & Châteaux hotel in Provence. Its 55 guest rooms & suites, splited over 5 buildings, are decorated with a subtle combination of Provencal and modern style. There are 2 restaurants, the famous Oustau de Baumanière, awarded with 2 Michelin stars, and La Cabro d'Or Baumanière, a gastronomic restaurant with a table d'hôtes area. A wine bar and many terraces are nestled across the 20 acres of landscaped garden. The property features 3 outdoor pools (2 heated from may until October), a tennis court, a playground for children, and a spa with 6 treatments rooms, an indoor sensorial pool, a hammam and a fitness ). Baumanière - La Cabro d'Or boutique sells fine regional products. Bicycle and car rental is also available for guests to explore the region. Many activities can be booked on site: cooking classes, wine tasting classes, biological garden discovery. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
l`Oustau De Baumaniere Hotel Les Baux De Provence
Oustau De Baumaniere Les Baux
Baumaniere Les Baux De Provence Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France
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