Stayed here for 6 nights late June 2014. Wishing a central location to tour the Dordogne area from we chose The Esplanade based on TA reviews .... and very accurate they were: fantastic views and fantastic food prices! No problem, we ate out and enjoyed the views. Maybe if the Esplanade put on a plate de jour at the going rate they would entice a few more diners .... or maybe they do not wish to be seen to appeal to the common tourist!
Parking: no problem (in June at least). The pay car parks by the Hotel are free from 18.00 to (I think) 11.00 and given the nearby streets where parking is free I never paid. When the tourists leave for the day I just moved the car to outside the Hotel ready for the morning.
Location: Domme is central to many lovely towns (Sarlat, Montpazier, Beynac, Racamadour, Cahors etc and the Gardens of Marqueysac - a must). I do warn that the myriad roads from Domme are more like cart tracks and be very wary of the verges if passing traffic.
The Hotel: very very old style French which does have charm ... but no lift, chipped enamel and flimsy plastic beakers in the loo, loose rugs on the walkways - a ready trip hazard. Beds - lovely hard mattress which led to wonderful night's sleeps; AC - never needed it, just left the window open. There is a private garden owned by the Hotel with secluded seats and access to grottes - just ask for the key at Reception - in our six days we were the only ones to bother. W-fi was available but after day 1 my access was refused, Reception were not exactly helpful and I couldn't be bothered progressing it ... Esplanade, just a hint, if you are going to use 'hotel1' as a login I.D. please use a font where the 'l' and the '1' are distinct.
Domme: this is primarily a tourist town so very busy in the day but deserted at night. Shops are geared to nick nacks or over-priced ephemera. There are a couple of good bar/restaurants across the square and two by the main gate which fill up each night mainly with guests from the two Hotels.
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