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“Cro-Magnon hotel histoire dans le vallee rivier Vezere” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Restaurant Le Cro-Magnon
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“Cro-Magnon hotel histoire dans le vallee rivier Vezere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

The hotel is located in a small village that is a gem overlooking the Vezere river in the prehistoric/historic town of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac in the Perigord region of the Department of Dordogne. This quaint hotel (15 rooms) is operated by Valerie and Laurent Besse. Laurent creates delicious meals while Valerie greets guests and runs the hotel registry. Our hotel room and bathroom was updated, spacious, at a modest price for the last of March and first of April. The hotel was built in 1868 on the main street through the village on Avenue de la Prehistoire located a short walk from the two a day train station and the medieval fort/church built in the 12th century. The hotel was built into the side of a limestone cliff where the skeletal remains and stone tool culture of Cro-Magnon (early Homo sapien) were excavated from the rockshelter.

The Vezere river has downcut through Cretaceous age (65 mya) limestone creating a narrow valley with limestone cliffs 100 to 200 feet high. The downcutting created numerous caves and rockshelters that line both sides of the the Vezere river valley that were occupied by early neanderthals and Homo sapiens for thousands of years. This is the gourmet food land of goose and duck foie gras and the famous type of cepe mushroom known as truffles found in the dense forest and hills of the Perigord Noir east of the wine country of Bergerac and Bordeaux.

Everything in the town of Les Eyzies is within walking distance from the hotel. About ten years ago the famous new Musee National de Prehistoire opened where remnants of the castle of Les Ezyies can still be seen with the stone neanderthal sculpture by Darde looking over the valley. The museum houses the animals and material culture, art de mobilier, rock art of early humans and neanderthals dating back 400,000+ years into the Pleistocene (glacial periods) up through time to the post glacial period Holocene. Some of the archaeological site material on display comes from famous archaeological sites dating to the Early Stone Age (ESA), Middle Stone Age (MSA), and Late Stone Age (LSA). these are the sites that put this area of France on the World Heritage list. Some of the prehistoric archaeological World Heritage sites and their attributes include Lascaux (LSA cave paintings), Font de Gaume (LSA cave paintings), La Micoque (ESA stone tools), Le Moustier (MSA stone tools) , La Ferrassie (MSA, LSA stone tools), Abri du Poisson (rock art, engravings, LSA stone tools), George D'Enfer gorge (LSA sites), Laugerie Haute (LSA stone tools), Laugerie Basse (LSA stone tools), Les Combarelles (rock art engravings), Abri Pataud (MSA to LSA stone tools), Grotte de la Mairie (LSA stone tools and rock art), Abri du Cap-Blanc (LSA and rock art), and Roufignac (rock art, LSA stone tools).

From the hotel turn right cross the river and you can walk along the river on road D47 to Abri du Poisson, George d'Enfer gorge, Laugerie Basse (visit Grotte du Grand Roc cavern, gift shop and restaurant), and Laugeria Haute. There are interpretive signs along the way to read about the archaeology and geology in the valley all within one mile.

From the hotel in the other direction, east on the Avenue de Prehistoire walk ca. 100 m to Abri Pataud where they are actively excavating, then walk on a little further to the museum and new reception center. Leaving from the reception center the Hotel D'Centre is across the street. Back in 1972 I stayed at the Hotel d'Centre when is was small and family run with the best food in the Dordogne. Now, it has all changed modernized, and very exclusive. Walk on east a little further (0.5 km) and you will come to the rock art cave of Font de Gaume with some of the best rock art of all the caves. Tickets, tours, and books can be purchased here for some of the above mentioned caves and rockshelters. If you can walk east a little further is the rock art cave of Les Combarelles with over 500 engravings. This walk would be about three miles round trip. A car is a necessity to reach the other prehistoric sites such as Lascaux, Le Moustier, etc.

I haven't even mentioned the medieval castles in the area like Commarque, Castelnaud, Beynac and the entire medieval town of Sarlat 23 miles east of Les Eyzies. As an archaeologist this is a must see and a wonderful place.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

The room we were in was very big, and while the bathroom fittings were a bit tired and no tea or coffee making facilities available in the room, the hotel itself is worth a visit. The setting is fabulous. We ate both nights in the restaurant because it was so good - note, at this time of year not all places are open. The food is delicious, but it appears that the only choice is from the set 3 course menu - very good value, but a problem if you don't like a huge evening meal. The breakfast was fine, but seemed over-priced at 11 Euros compared to the good value dinner (26 Euros). This is a quaint hotel worth staying at because of its history and character. The little resident dog is very sweet too.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grand Turk
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Beds comfortable and all mod cons in the room. Nice big bath. But WIFI which was only available in the main area was not always working. Also, every time someone walked upstairs, you could hear the creak... bit of an acoustics problem going on here.. Having said that, still rather grand in atmosphere and hosts very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

This hotel is in a is a tiny village, but it is in the center of prehistoric art in France. It is a wonderful location. The owners/staff at the hotel were very nice, the restaurant is very good. It is a mom and pop operation. The man of the team of owners saw my husband was sitting in a public room one night on his computer and brought him a glass of wine as a courtesy.

The large, king sized room which I reserved was fine except that the bathroom had a bathtub with only a hand-held shower. This is common in France, but for some reason, not what I was expecting. I asked to be moved to another room, which was smaller but had a standard shower, and the hotel owners accommodated me. Also, we stayed for 6 days but there was no dresser in the room, so it made unpacking more difficult. The room was nicely furnished and the size, even of the smaller room, was not bad, but the shower was pretty small and the floor of the bathroom was slippery. The beds were comfortable.

If not for the bath/shower situation, I'd stay here again, but probably not unless they install a bracket on the wall in the rooms with bathtubs so that the hand-held showers could be hung at a comfortable level. I think that would be pretty easy to do.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Great value,comfortable very good food.
Helpful and charming staff.
Parking across the road but be careful backing out as it is on a bend.
Handy to many caves and chateaux as well as canoeing.
The Madame speaks some English.
The museum is about 250 metres away at the other end of town but a flat walk.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Nice friendly staff with good English. Large rooms with on-suit, plenty off hot water for large bath, a bit out dated but still enjoyable.Breakfast was continental and nice, we did not eat in restaurant but it looked ok .Had good parking on the opposite side of the road, nice and peaceful did not notice the trains ,Good wi fi in living room.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lostboy2
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

A perfect holiday in a nice setting.
Stayed for a week in Aug. The room was comfortable and clean , good bathroom, nice large shuttered windows. The staff were efficient and friendly, and happy to fit in with us, not make us fit in with their schedule (we stayed up late a couple of nights and were served late drinks on the terrace with no complaints). great pool area and the backdrop was lovely, we spent some very relaxing afternoons sat around with a drink and a book. A very small grumble was the lack of a kettle tea/coffee making facilities in the room (is this a Brit thing ?), but the staff made good earl grey tea anyway .....so we didn't go without. The breakfast is continental style and was fresh and included plenty of options for food and drink. The Hotel is ideally placed for a stroll to the local restaurants and bars which are in the main....excellent and good value. The in house restaurant at Cro magnon is not cheap but the service and food were faultless , so worth a treat on the last night. The Cro Magnon is a charming classically French style Hotel, we loved it and would stay again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Restaurant Le Cro-Magnon
Address: 54 avenue de la Prehistoire, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Dordogne > Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Restaurant Le Cro-Magnon 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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