Myself and my husband stayed in Hotel la Solitude from the 16th to the 21st of June 2014 we were part of the Cashel and Emly Pilgrimage. This was our first time in Lourdes and we hope to return. The hotel is ideally situated close to the Basilica, Grotto and Sanctuary with stunning views of the river Gave. Pyrenees mountains and the Chateau Fort and Museum. The sound of the river can be loud but I found it quite soothing. We had a twin room on the second floor which was a bit strange considering we are a couple but as it was quite busy we didn't look for a change. The room was very clean and we had a gorgeous view of the mountains and river and we could look down on the terrace. On the seventh floor is a pool and a terrace which has amazing views we spent some time there just relaxing and admiring the views and took some fabulous photos. The reception area of the hotel is lovely plenty of seats and a lovely little gift shop the 10% discount we got on checking in was a lovely bonus. Allow a little extra time when using the lifts as they tend to be a bit slow and are quite small. We had full board and the breakfast was fine cereals and porridge, juices, fresh fruit, yoghurts, hard boiled eggs, ham and cheese selection, bread and pastries, tea and coffee no menu selection on table (as stated by manager) for the option of a fry nor was the table set for the option of having a cooked breakfast. Lunch was three courses either self service buffet style or waiter service and dinner was four courses. Sad to say it was hit and miss with the lunch and dinner would have preferred to have had a choice instead it was just plonked down "eat it or leave it" very spacious restaurant but no attention to detail and a severe lack of fresh produce it seemed to me like a case of there's so many people just put it on a plate and get it out. One of our waitresses hadn't a word of English (very strange considering the amount of tourists they have) and if we asked for something different to what was being served despite the lack of English she made it quite clear that she wasn't happy and made us feel as if we should eat was what given how dare we not like it and look for something else. Also we didn't know that where we sat on the first night for dinner was where we should have sat for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the remainder of our stay this was only said to us on our last night! The bar is very spacious and clean and a great night was had by all on the Friday night an Irish sing song, dancing and shenanigans we even had Italians, Spanish and French join us! The Solitude is a lovely hotel relaxing, comfortable, clean, charming, great ambience, lovely staff and so close to everything. Thanks for a wonderful few days and hope to be back soon would love a small change to the lunch and dinner but otherwise wouldn't and couldn't change a thing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uniquely located on the banks of the river Gave at the entrance to the Sanctuaries, the La Solitude Hotel boasts spacious, soundproofed and air-conditioned rooms equipped with flat screen satellite TV and free WiFi. 24 rooms have been equipped to welcome disabled people. Its restaurant overlooking the fortified castle serves gourmet cuisine and plentiful buffet-style breakfasts. This international class hotel has a bar, brasserie, heated panoramic pool, spacious meeting rooms, a store and car park. ... more less
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