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“What a pleasant surprise”
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Michel Chabran
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pont de L'isere
Reviewed June 25, 2008

We arrived by chance at this unpretentious hotel, not knowing quite where we were.

The charming receptioist could not have been more welcoming. As we had not booked, she showed us all available rooms,we chose a larger recently refurbished room, and were very very comfortable indeed. Although the bathroom had not had the same attention as the room, it was very functional, but spotless.

Dinner was a revelation. Never have we had such a surprise. It was fantastic. The choice is not extensive, but all the better for it. The food had a touch of flair that has nearly disappeared from most of the meals we ate in France on this holiday. We will certainly return next year.

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed September 3, 2006

We stayed for one night en route to our holiday house. The position of the hotel, on a main road, isn't promising, but our room, right at the front was perfectly quiet. We had been warned that the room was very small, but it was actually a great deal larger than the Boulogne Ibis we'd stayed in the night before, very much more attractive and only one euro more!
Dinner (the cheapest 51 euro menu) was very good; foie gras, delicious lamb, sort of cheese on toast but at 48 euros for a bottle of very ordinary Crozes Hermitage (and we drink a lot of Cotes du Rhone wines) we felt ripped off, though to his credit the sommelier didn't attempt to foist a 300 euro bottle on us. 'Front of hotel' people had been charming and helpful, but the atmosphere in the dining room was distinctly chilly. No-one responded to our efforts at chatting, we were just insignificant, so an obsequious crawl around the tables by M Chabran didn't go down at all well!
Breakfast, served outside, (so complete with wasps) was all very nice and homemade and what have you, but 19 euros was just way too much.
All in all rather disappointing and certainly not living up to the eulogies in guidebooks. The Liegeoise and the Hotel Atlantic in Wimereux have this one beaten hands down on all counts, including the food.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2006

Michel Chabran may be a decorated chef, but his maitre d' must have earned top honors at the Institut Francaise du SMUG.

While in this beautiful Ardeche area on business I stayed a cold February night at the hotel and was one of the only people at the restaurant that evening. Even so, the maitre d' went out of his way to make me feel as awkward and uninformed as possible. I realize he has probably seen his fair share of American tourists. But I am a well-traveled person who likes to blend into the woodwork without asking too many questions. Yet I have never had such a cold and snobbish reception as I received in this restaurant. This was a man who clearly, at times, liked making people feel UNcomfortable (surprising as it was from one whose job mandate is to do just the opposite).

Wine and food are not my life and the sommelier was helpful enough with wine suggestions for the fancy little fingerfood they kept bringing for two hours. But that maitre d' -- boy oh boy.

The hotel room was charming - no more or less than I needed on my business trip. It was clean, quiet (even facing the street) and well-priced. And the front desk clerk and luggage valet were courteous and glad to see me (the hotel's only guest that night).

Too bad the maitre d' can so singlehandedly undo the good efforts of his colleagues. It wasn't worth the money and I would have liked the $250 I spent on my (yes just my) dinner back so I could spend it somewhere else. Some place where the person welcoming me extended the same hand regardless of my accent, geopolitical current events or whether or not I knew that secret little language of wine and food these guys live and breath.

  • Stayed: February 2005, traveled on business
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: 29 avenue du 45e Parallele, 26600 Pont de L'isere, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Drome > Pont de L'isere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pont de L'isere
Price Range: $107 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Michel Chabran 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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