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“Good but not worth the price”
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Maison Pic
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Valence
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 12, 2012

We were invited for diner in the famous 3 star Michelin restaurant and off course stayed in the hotel for that night because it was a long travel to get there. Good are the quality of the hotel, the service of the staff, the excellent diner...but is it worth what it costs ? No way.
330 Euro for the simpliest room with no breakfast included. We had to pay 30 Euro per person extra and altough the breakfast was fresh and tasted good it was also small. You even had to pay extra if you wanted some egg...unbelievable. We had the best of pic history menu and again over 310 Euro for this 6 course menu, witch was very good quality but certainly not the best i ever ate, tough it was the most expensive i ever ate, and that was not worth the money. You don't even want to know what the wine costs. All in all we had a good stay but would i ever spent so much money again in Pic ? No, never. It was an experience but left with a not so good feeling about is seeing my bill. One more thing : lots of staff, all trained very well to make it worth your while BUT does anyone ever have a smile on his or her face ? Maybe they may not, but it left me with a feeling of not being happy at their job...again not something to make me feel happy about my stay.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank WimLeuven
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

I wanted to return to 'Pic' after visiting there in 2001 ..just one month after 9/11. I remember the comforting feel of this Relais and Chateau, the serenity of the public rooms, enjoying this restaurant where the prodigal daughter had returned to take the reins of this once restaurant gastronomique... and how it was a wonderful respite upon leaving Manhattan for a few days. In 2001, Madame Sophie had elevated the restaurant to 2* and had renovated the hotel and word was getting out. We now fast forward to last Month...May...2012.

Returning to Pic (Now Maison Pic) was a specific addition to our trip (part business and always pleasure) as Valence is not usually a destination worthy of itself. There are some Roman ruins in the vicinity but Valence is a quiet, regional town that you could easily pass in order to get to a much more exciting destination The reason you decide to go to Valence, not unlike driving to a remote corner of the 'Aveyron' to experience the magnificence of Michel Bras, is to spend an evening in a lovely luxurious hotel with beautiful chambers (even the standards) filled with all the five star amenities, top-of-the-line bathroom, spacious bedroom with all details from linens to the modern yet cozy ambiance and a shiny clean brilliance to the rooms. Still..that is not why you come although it is the 'chantilly sur le gateau' ! No.No. It is the amazing dining experience that will be quite memorable. Madame Anne Sophie who earned her 3 star , (I think, either 2 years ago or close to that), has indeed elevated herself to a level where I can safely say that she could be considered (along with Bras, Michel Guerrard at 'Eugenie and Levernois in Beaune) among the best Chefs in France who does not reside in Paris. The dining room is a melange of country casual 'top of the line' design with a wonderful staff that also finds the perfect fusion of 3* service while making you feel very, very comfortable and welcome. I had read about the 'Season Menu' (actually) on 'Trip Adviser' and had also looked on the site as I wanted to see the changes and elevation of cuisine listed since our last visit. Atomique. Chouette. Formidable. The experience of taking a superior room , enjoying the hotel (it is located in an offbeat area at the outskirts of Valence so spend more time enjoying "Pic' and less time in Valence) and the superior meal made
it clear that we were correct in returning. But I digress (as I always do), after 'loving' the dining room (renovated since 2001) and enjoying some amuses-bouches we started the serious part of the meal. I declined the sommeliers strong recommendations of the expensive regional wines such as 'Gigondas , Croze-Hermitage'... and went for my all time favorite white wine (truly...al time favorite) that was created in the Rhone Valley. A delicious dry and fruity Viognier at half the price of the recommended suggestions. Wine-wise, we then each had a glass of the Croze-Hermitage by the glass and it was wonderful. You really don't need to spend a fortune on wine in this region (home of my favorite French wines). Of course we tried the Carrot and beetroot starters on the 'Spring Menu" and the subtle yet sublime taste was simply unreal. Anne Sophie Pic has taken foie gras to a new level of heaven. It was served with a local melange of fruits made into a chutney just that morning and the addition of tiny slivers of a local yellow mushroom infused with mild herbs that when tasted together on a perfect warmed piece of toast...was incredible. It was a meal in itself. My partner had a local Fish dish that he proclaimed excellent (I don't eat anything that swims) and my Lamb dish was one of the best I've ever had in Provence or around the region. Swimming in its own juices and infused with local herbs and pieces of roasted fenugreek....it was a taste sensation. It was served with vegetables mixed with just a touch of goat cheese in a delectable tart and two other sides that were better than the last. The breads, by the way, are addictive and you can find yourself calling over the 'server du pain(?) quite often. Payer attention a Ca ! More between meal refreshers to cleanse the palate and then a soufflé that I knew would need a 7 mile run the next day to cleanse my guilt. A Vanilla Souffle with Raspberry liqueur and ribbons of dark chocolate throughout the dessert. We took cognac in one of the salons and indeed like last time, Anne Sophie came out to chat with us and she is as delightful and modest as I remember her. We enjoyed our cognac and then more tea (actually herbal drinks are not tea..they are infusions ...the French are quite literal...tea is only a drink made with tea leaves..an herbal infusion is what we call 'Herbal Tea' and actually...we are wrong to do so..tea is tea...Chamomile is chamomile...not tea) or our 'Infusuion' of Verveine that is so soothing after a meal gastronomique..except that they brought more petit-fours and delicious chocolate with the Verveine. Breakfast next morning was as you would expect...a wonderful way to end this petit sejour to spend an evening with one of the finest chefs in France. Anne Sophie Pic.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank LeTerrible
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

Maison PIC has beatiful rooms. Very well decorated and designed. It is very comfortable. Very modern and super clean as you would expect in a top five star hotel. I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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7  Thank OnlyTop5
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

The room I stayed in was large and comfortable, a large closet in the hallway by the door, which can be closed off to the rest of the room. The decor is very modern and chic, with light-tone leather trimmings. The desk is placed behind the headboard of the bed, which is pretty convenient. Wifi is available throughout the hotel.

The bathroom is large and probably a little on the cold side, literally.

We had a cup of mixed season fruits as well as a chocolate dessert as our welcome gift. The chocolate one gets at night is about 6 times the size that one normally gets elsewhere, and very yummy.

The hotel has a 3-star gastronomic restaurant as well as a bistro that does brisk business. Both offer good food at different pricing levels.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Peech
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

When you pull up to the hotel it seems a strange location for a hotel and restaurant of this format, but that should not stop you from going. This is of course a place to go for the food. The 3 Michellin stars are well deserved.

We had the season's menu at €210 per person. Anyone can cook fois gras, lobster and prime cuts of meat, but to see how "ordinary" ingredients as carrots and beetroot was transformed into the masterpieces of taste was part of the good experience. The experience of different kinds of peber in just the right amounts was also a master piece. Anne Sophie Pic masters taste and presentation to perfection. The carrot and beetroot starters are shown in other reviews and in real life it looked even better.

Throughout our stay all members of the staff were great - just once exception was the sommelier. He did not posess the same charme as the rest of the staff or maybe he kept his distance when I politely said that I would not follow his recommendation for wines at €200-300 per bottle.

To this day we do not know if any of our friends have told the hotel that we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary here, but somehow they knew (or had cleverly asked "you have a special occaision here with us, right?) so after dinner an extra cake was presented. We could of course not eat it after dinners, so it was kept in the fridge by the staff for our check out the next day.

The staff will park your car and put it in front of the hotel when checking out. A very nice touch is the bottles of water and some sweet for the road!

We enjoyed it and the total experience, but of course you have to be prepared to spend €1.000 for 2 persons for dinner, drinks and a nights stay.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank CPHworldtravellers
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Reviewed June 19, 2011

Its modern, its clean, its convenient. Its not very charming, its hardly value for money. The town is nothing to see. Its a stop on your way to or from the riviera, with excellent food and the trimmings that goes with it. If you're not interested in gourmet food; Don't go. If you are; you should consider it as part of your dinner stop.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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6  Thank BRLS
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Reviewed January 7, 2010

My husband an I have been indulging ourselves with a tour of exceptional hotels and 3* Michelin restaurants every year for the last 15 years. Our general experience at Maison Pic has been the most disappointing so far, mostly because of the bedroom. We had booked a suite at a quite unreasonable price. It was anything but pleasant, even depressing! :
- all black, brown and dark purple: sad and plain and not welcoming at all.
- no or little indirect light
- grotesque but true : right in front of bed, 1 meter from it, without any separation, were the 2 sinks of what was supposed to be the bathroom.
- bedside lamps so far away from bed: totally impossible to read !
- one single narrow window directly above roof of adjacent building and in the near distance, a rather ugly building from the 60's, council estate-like in a poor state
- aircon in entrance/salon part of the suite was out of order, blocked on freezing cold temperature. Hence impossible to even stay there.

In short, the kind of place where you spend over 500 Euros the night (without breakfast!) and you are so happy to leave so gloomy the room is !!!
And on mentioning our surprise and disappointment to staff on leaving after paying a total of over 1000 Euros, no reaction but neutral nod of head. Chocking indeed.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank mothorel
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Address: 285 avenue Victor Hugo, 26000 Valence, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Drome > Valence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Valence
#1 Luxury Hotel in Valence
#4 Business Hotel in Valence
Price Range: $418 - $618 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Maison Pic 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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