You need to be ready to experience this wonderful hotel set in an old abbey which has been beautifully restored. This is not your normal Mercure which tends to be newish with standard hotel rooms. It is a very beautiful romantic setting with beautiful facilities. It is not the type of hotel you would normally choose on a quick mid route stopover, we think. We stayed here as part of a four day trip throuh Champagne and Bourgogne as part of a little holiday on the way to our French House. The hotel is well positioned for the City Centre where there are lots of restaurants and of course the Cathedral. We only stayed one night - a Monday and had lunch in a small cafe in the city and dined in the hotel restaurant in the evening. The hotel restaurant itself is stunning as it is in the old chapel of the abbey. However it is trying to be a 4/5* restaurant in a Mercure Hotel which doesn't quite work. The food was great, the service was cold and impassive generally with a nod to pretension - the very extensive wine list for example didn't have the wine we wanted. Now the reality check, this is a hotel with a very expensive restaurant - mains at 30 euros and starters and desserts at 12 euros+ and a wine list where the cheapest was maybe 24 euros. They do offer a set menu to residents in the evening which is advertised in the lift - for a very reasonable 26 euros for three courses but we had to ask for this menu and one of the two starters was not available. We were only able to deal with this as one of us speaks good French but for those who are less comfortable with the language they may have found this a bit difficult. If you want to come for a nice holiday in a nice city this is the hotel to stay at because it is very nice but avoid it if you like to hang around in shorts and T shirts in the evening as you'll feel uncomfortable.
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- The Hôtel de Bourbon Mercure Bourges takes place in an old Abbey of the XVIIth century, and combines comfort and tradition with charm and elegance. It is located at the gateway to the Sologne, 2 hrs from Paris, or 2 mn from the SNCF train station and 8 mins from the historic city center. From the first rays of sun, enjoy our terrace in our park. ... more less
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