Le Cep is a wonderful base for exploring Burgundy. We stayed in May 2013. The hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Beaune. All of the staff was great and very service oriented. There is always someone to help you with anything you need (not a given in French hotels, even pricey ones).
We stayed in room 006 – a “Grand Cru” junior suite – a very big room that could easily accommodate a couple (in the king bed) and a child (in the day bed). The room was charming and had wonderful views into a lovely courtyard, a sitting area and large bath and shower. We didn’t get to check out the air-conditioning as the weather was cool and we were able to leave our windows open much of the time. The courtyard at night was very quiet though the birds were noisy in the morning! Everything was totally updated and in top shape.
They put fresh fruit in the room every day – a nice touch. We had some dry-cleaning done for what I thought was a reasonable price for a European Hotel. Breakfast options, especially down in the “cave,” are plentiful and delicious. Can’t beat a cheese case from the fine fromagerie Hess as one of the breakfast offerings!
The hotel staff helped us make local arrangements (like dinner reservations) and made some excellent recommendations as well. Many speak very good English. Meghann in particular was very helpful – she is an American who works at the front desk. I left my converter plugs for various machines and the staff quickly sent up plenty for us to use during our stay. There are umbrellas in the room and by the front desk for guest use, and considering how much rain they have, it’s a great perk.
Some small quirks and complaints: first, the soap they provide comes not in bars but in a squeeze bottle. I’ve seen this elsewhere in France and in three and four star hotels. Don’t really understand it, it doesn’t feel like the sort of high end toiletries you might expect – at the same time the bath oil and other toiletries were all excellent. Free WiFi was good but occasionally slow. Strange small bowl of plastic flowers in the room that seemed rather cheesy and out of place with the rest of the décor. Morning coffee tended to be a bit on the weak side and we had to ask for “strong” coffee on several occasions.
But these are really small matters in what was a terrific small luxury hotel in a beautiful setting in a lovely town. We loved our stay at Le Cep and highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Le Cep and Spa Marie de Bourgogne, member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Chateaux & Hotels Collection, is ideally located in the heart of the medieval city of Beaune, capital of the wines of Burgundy. Our 65 rooms including 29 suites are different and personalized with names corresponding to famous Burgundy wines, and unique decoration. Open in fall 2015, the spa Marie de Bourgogne is a refined and elegant space. Keeping in harmony with the pure Burgundian spirit of the Cep, the spa offers over 350 square meters dedicated to 12 different sensorial experiences. We also have a fitness center on the top of a panoramic tower, several lounges, a bar, a gastronomical restaurant « Loiseau des Vignes », a one star Michelin independently managed, two courtyards dated XVI century, a garden “a la francaise”, a private parking, and 4 conference rooms. ... more less
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