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“Tiny room with bad odor.”
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Le Manoir
Ranked #29 of 36 Hotels in Aix-les-Bains
Reviewed August 6, 2010

Booked a room here that supposedly had a garden view (paid quite a bit more for it). Our balcony was too high to see over without standing up. The bed was very old and lumpy. We did not have a shower, just a bath with a shower spout. The room smelled bad (old and musty), and there was no air conditioner. Would have opened a window if there were one, but alas there was only a double door to the balcony, and too many bugs would have come in. I DO NOT RECOMMEND.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2008

Classy hotel with lots of character (aka old) we loved the old building with its staircases and corridors(not to everyone's taste). The double rooms were on the large side and I think the views get better the higher the floor.

The grounds appear to have vintage cars dotted around them and there's a good pool and spa in the new section.

We ate in the hotel and the food was very good.

The staff were friendly and had no problem providing secure parking for our motorcycles on site.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2007

We booked a junior suite here thinking that "OK - it's only a 3 star but maybe the suite will be nice". We didn't see the standard rooms, but my advice would be not to bother spending the extra money on a suite. It was just a slightly larger room with the smallest double bed that I have EVER slept in, although the bathroom was spacious and well appointed. I couldn't understand why they put such a small bed in an otherwise spacious room. The bed was so small that when positioned between the light switches you couldn't actually turn the lights off when lying on the bed. The suites are situated in an adjacent villa which is linked to the main hotel by the pool and sauna area. This meant that the villa smelled strongly of chlorine and bleach. Thankfully, this smell didn't reach our room, but our suite did smell of smoke. Obviously, the previous occupant was a heavy smoker. The overall ambiance of the hotel was nice and the restaurant seemed to be very popular with locals as well as with tourist. The food was very nice, although I wouldn't bother ordering a menu with lobster for 19 euros extra. The lobster was small and quite dry (like it had been forgotten in the oven), but the rest of the menu was delicious.

Remember, this is a 3 star for a reason. It is nice, comfortable, but quite basic in the grand scheme of things. The pool and sauna areas are a pleasant way to pass time, although the hotel didn't seem to care about the incredibly slippery floors. I can recommend booking in for a massage - this was just so relaxing!

Our "cheap" weekend getaway cost us 1000 euros (2 nights in a suite + 2 dinners + 2 massages) and in hindsight, if I'd known that it would have cost that much, I'd have gone somewhere else.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2006

Our family spent 3 days at this hotel last month. We booked 4 air-conditioned rooms through Chateaux & Hotels De France on-line. When we arrived (in the midst of a heat wave), we were placed in non air-conditioned rooms. After hauling our luggage back to the reception area, we were assigned 3 foul smelling air-conditioned rooms. Initially, I thought they were smoking rooms, but the hallways and the rooms had terrible musty odors. We spoke limited French, and we gathered these were the best accomodations that could be offered to us. We paid for a single, double standard, double deluxe and double standard douche, and yet all 4 rooms were exactly the same in size ,odor and excessive heat. Our first night, after returning from dinner, we returned to the rooms and they were cool. It had been a long day, and at least we would get a good night's sleep. Little did we know that the air-conditioning was turned off at 2300. Each room had a small window, and with poor ventilation and a heat wave in progress, it was a long, hot night. Despite out complaints to the receptionist, the air-conditioning was turned off the other 2 nights at 2300 as well. During one of our days at the hotel, a family member returned to the hotel around 1300 to rest from the heat. When he asked why the air -conditioning was not on during the hottest part of the day, he was told "you should be ouside enjoying the weather, and not in your room". The staff member seemed clueless about the negative effects of elevated temperature on one's health. Apparently, the rooms are cooled down during the evening hours only. I did not see any place in the Le Manoir advertising that air-conditioning was provided on a limited basis, regardless of the weather conditions. I should mention that the rooms were rather small and the decor was dark.
Le Manoir has a lovely indoor pool, designed with one glass side, so there was ample lighting. The sauna was delightful, but unfortunately, the hot tub and jacuzzi worked only 1 day. I reported the problem twice to the front desk clerk (who did speak English), but it was never repaired. We ate at the hotel restaurant for dinner 1 evening. The ambience and food were wonderful.
The grounds of the hotel were landscaped very nicely. When we checked in, the sign said this was a quiet hotel. Most of the guests were reading, and indeed, this was a tranquil setting. I mention this, as I did not read this in the on-line information, and if your family includes young children, this might be problematic. It's unfortunate that our memories of Le Manoir will be focused on hot, smelly rooms and insensitve staff members.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 29, 2005

We went by train ( March Easter 05)from Lyon to Aix-les-Bains- situated on a lovely lake. I had rung the tourist office who suggested the Hotel le Manoir- ( very comfortable traditional )which is set in a garden and through which it is a 2 minute walk to the new Thermes Chevally where you can bathe in the hot thermal waters. This is convenient as you want to go back to your room after to rest. They are lots of jets in the two swimming pools and also you can book private treatments. There is a Thermes Nationaux which I gather is more for cures/sick people.
Also we found that a bus goes 45 minutes up to a small ski resort and it was possible to ski until the end of March! Bathing in the hot thermes after is great.
Food is very good but expensive everywhere, since the euro. It is worth booking the hotel in house dining as there are lots of stairs and hills in Aix- down to the centre of the town. I think there is lots to do in the Summer, i,e sailing on the lake etc.

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Reviewed April 27, 2005

Rooms were basic (over-powerful shower flooded the bathroom) and the room was dark, but lovely sunny terrace you could lie on, swimming pool, steam room, spa pool, and - best of all - the top-rate restaurant (the best bit - it's a restaurant with an hotel). Lovely place to be, very peacefull but only a short walk (5 mins?) from the centre of aix-les-bains. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: May 2004
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Reviewed November 25, 2017
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: 37 rue Georges 1er, 73100, Aix-les-Bains, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Aix-les-Bains
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #29 of 36 Hotels in Aix-les-Bains
Price Range: $72 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Manoir 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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