It's the usual five star/four star dilemma. The Griffon d'Or is not a luxury hotel with extensive grounds and grand public areas, a Michelin-starred restaurant and Bulgari toiletries in the bathroom, but I'm going to give it five stars anyway.
You can guess the reasons if you read the other reviews. Bourg-en-Bresse, pleasant though it is, is not a town crammed with startling things to see, and once you've got past the huge metal chicken at the motorway service station a few miles north it all looks a bit ordinary. From outside the Griffon d'Or doesn't stop you dead in your tracks with wonder. Once you find the entrance, however, the pleasant surprises begin. It is an elegant conversion, and the rooms are clean and light and comfortable, with imaginative use made of old beams. The bathrooms are well-equipped. The staff could not be more helpful; they went out of their way to consider which restaurant in town might cater for our daughter's food allergies, and rang ahead to make a reservation for us (they got it right, too, and she was able to eat poulet de Bresse on its home ground, so to speak). And all this for not a lot more than we paid for far less well-appointed places with half the character elsewhere on our trip. The only gripe that we had was that they didn't keep the breakfast buffet stocked as quickly as they might have done, but I'm not going to knock a star off for that.
The hotel has not always been called the Griffon d'Or, but the owners have clearly read the Harry Potter books, and know a niche in the market when they see one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 17 Rooms hotel, in the heart of Bourg-en-Bresse. Totally renovated in 2011, each room is different. Free parking, locked garage. Free jacuzzi and sauna. ... more less
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