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“a great find”

Hotel Restaurant Dufour Michelon
Price range: $32 - $64
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Lyon, France
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“a great find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This establishment is also known as Chez-Michelon. It is a family business that is now being run by the fourth and fifth generation. It's a hotel and restaurant on the shores of the lovely Lac d'Aiguebelette in Savoie near Chambery.
The rooms are only for guests of the restaurant; in other words, if you book a room here, you are also booking dinner at the restaurant for each night that you are in the room. The weekend set menu starts at 25 euros--well worth it.
The main emphasis of the business is on the restaurant, and the food is really delicious. Each course was excellent, with many unusual choices. Others have said the extensive wine list is something very special; all we know is that our bottle of Pinot Gris from the Alps was fantastic. We ate on the terrace overlooking the lake, and it was beautiful; the second rainy night dinner was served indoors but the dining room has large windows overlooking the lake so you still have the view.
The breakfast, not included in the room price but reasonable at 8.80e, is simple but very good, with fruit and fruit juice, home-made, good breads and patisserie, and fromage blanc if you want it.
The rooms themselves are basic and old-fashioned. Certainly not luxury, but all you need (though ours had only a shower, no bath). Our room (70 euros) had a view of the lake, which more than made up for any deficiencies.
The thing about this place is the family feel and warm welcome. Mme Simone Dufour was especially helpful, telling us about different things to see and do in the area.
She also had the key, literally, to a little secret of this hotel that I hesitate to mention, lest it become ruined! There is a private little bit of lakeside land belonging to the hotel and guests can have access to it. While the bathing places across the lake were packed solid with people, we had a quiet afternoon (in the middle of a heatwave) in the shade of a tree by the lake, and had the space totally to ourselves.
This is a quirky place, with little notes pinned up everywhere explaining this and that to the guests, and a certain lost in time feel (don't expect the internet connection to be working, for example). But we enjoyed it, and considered ourselves lucky that this is where we found the last available room on the lake that weekend. We'd like to go back.

Visited July 2013
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