The Auberge De La Commanderie is a two star hotel located in Rue Des Cordeliers in Saint Emilion.
It is within easy walking distance of the town centre and many tourist attractions such as the Cordeliers cloister, the market hall, the monolithic church and its bell tower and the steep cobblestone streets of this charming medieval town.
Unusually for a hotel in St Emilion the Commanderie has its own private parking in a site a short walk from the hotel. Parking is free with the 12 parking bays operating on a “first come, first served” basis. However with many one way streets in the town a sat nav system we used had difficulty in directing us to the hotel and car park. We parked in a public car park, walked to the hotel where we were given a map of the town and shown the best way to drive to the hotel and to the hotel car park. It is worth pointing out that the car park is accessed by a narrow road which passes through La Porte de Brunet an entrance to the previously walled town.
The receptionist gave us a warm welcome and checked us in without any fuss. The hotel has rooms in the main building and in a building across the narrow cobblestone road from the main building, formerly we understand, a Templar building. We were given a room in this building. We could not fault it. It seemed to be recently refurbished and had the original sandstone walls in places. The window shutters were painted with scenes from St Emilion. A novel and attractive decoration.
Our room for two had twin beds, an air conditioner, a flat screen wall mounted TV, telephone handsets, a bathroom with a bath tub and separate toilet facilities. The bathroom had sparkling white fluffy towels, two bars of soap and two packets of shower gel and tissues.
There was plenty of storage space for clothes and one cupboard was lockable, perhaps making up for the absence of an in-room safe. There was no mini bar but drinks could be purchased from a vending machine in the reception area.
Breakfast was not included in the room rate but could be purchased for an additional charge of 11 Euros per person. It was a typical continental breakfast served to you on an individual tray in the dining room. The quantity of food was sufficient and its quality was excellent.
Surrounding the hotel are numerous restaurants, however at peak times it might be necessary to book in advance at the more popular restaurants.
To our mind this hotel is worthy of more stars than the two it has. All of the staff we had contact with where friendly and helpful, the room was spotlessly clean and the location of the hotel could not be faulted. We were so impressed with the hotel that we made an unplanned stay at it a week later and again found no fault with the hotel.
We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel as an ideal place to stay in this delightful medieval town.
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge De La Commanderie Hotel Saint-Emilion