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“Town center boutique gem”

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Hotel Francois Premier
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Cognac
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 19, 2013

A lovely, boutique hotel that IS the town center! Good coffee and a more than reasonable french breakfast. It is next door to bars and cafes, opposite to the walking street. I am not sure if Cognac ever gets crowded and if the traffic is ever a bother here. I was there on work and easily walked to most of my appointments. There are few good restaurants in few minutes of walking, Le Bistro De Claude being one such. The town market (lovely oysters in season) and the Cognactheque shoppe are highlights of this town besides the numerous Cognac Houses that are in walking distance from the hotel. The hotel has a 24 x 7 reception and that's the only staff you are likely to bump into other than the town's only real barman. I hope I can stay here again!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We came across this hotel on the web purely by chance. The reviews of the hotel were all fantastic and accurate. Great location, excellent staff, good size, clean rooms and a surprice to find a small, but great indoor swimming pool. The staff helped us organise our trips to a couple of cognac houses and recoemmended a couple of nice restaurants nearby. The bar has a good selection of cognac which made a great nightcap on our return to the hotel amd again, the staff were only too keen to help us m ake the right selections. We are looking forward to returning to the Francois 1er in 2013 and beyond!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

The hotel is in a great location and the rooms are in good condition. What really makes a difference are the staff. They are one of the best I have met and to me, they beat the 5 star hotels totally. (FYI, I'm comparing them against paris Westin). They helped me to plan for my day trip to Bordeaux and the lady host was extremely helpful an importantly, an effective planner. It's makes me feel so at home as a first timer in cognac. All in all, a sure hotel to be in should you come to cognac.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Newly refurbished, tastefully done. Perfectly situated. Managed by the owners who are charming and helpful. Breakfast for two adults & two kids was very reasonable. Rather strangely for such a small town, the cocktail barman is world-class (makes his own bitters, creates cocktails based on local history, knows all the classics like the back of his hand). Plunge pool in the basement is worth a dip. Good value too. Recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

The hotel has just been refurbished and is lovely. Situated in the main square with very secure indoor parking. The hotel has big rooms with big beds, good air con, and very nice bathrooms. There is a very nice bar with very friendly staff. Well worth the price and from my research the best hotel in the region.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Our recent stay at the Francois 1er in Cognac could not have been better. The service was 5-Star and the recently opened hotel was lovely, top to bottom. The renovation retained the heritage for the old hotel with very contemporary appointments. The room was beautifully appointed and comfortable. We stayed during the Blues Festival so requested a quiet room facing the village instead of the plaza view. The staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant ~ essentially we cannot say enough about how fabulous this hotel is. Enjoyed everything about it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Just stayed for a week in this just-opened hotel, after years of staying at other hotels in the area that were either cheap and crappy or expensive and stuffy.The Francois 1 is superb.Great bar, lovely brand-new rooms, fast free WiFi, a beautiful wellness/spa, but the main thing is Marc, Isabelle and the staff: they really make you feel like there isn't anything they won't do to help you enjoy your stay. I won't stay anywhere else in Cognac now.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Francois Premier

Address: 3 Place Francois 1er | 3, Place François 1er, 16100 Cognac, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente > Cognac
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Cognac
Price Range: $144 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Francois Premier 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Due to its privileged location (in the center of Cognac), Francois Premier Hotel is your ideal base for your travels on foot (your car being parked inside). Its spa with swimming pool, hammam and massage will guarantee intense relaxing moments, as well as the "rooftop" garden. Its exceptional cocktail bar (both in its products and its barman) welcomes you for nice evenings (until 2am from Tuesday to Saturday). All this in a modern setting, perfectly balancing the elegance of the mansions of the 19th century with the audacity of contemporary design For a great stay in Cognac ... ... more   less 
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