The L’Esplanade is located at the top of the town of Domme and overlooks the Dordogne River several hundred feet below. The views from the terrace that surrounds the hotel are marvelous. One can see across the valley to the hills far beyond, with homes and farm fields down below.
The hotel itself is one of the nicest three-star restaurants in which we have stayed. The hotel staff were unfailingly courteous and helpful. When we arrived, Sophie (who is the owner) greeted us warmly and with a great welcome. All of the hotel employees were friendly and courteous on all occasions.
Our room was on the third floor, which is the top floor of this hotel. For those who may have mobility problems, there is no elevator (and I wonder whether that is the principal reason that the L’Esplanade has only a three-star rating). Our room itself was spacious enough, and the armoire and cabinets were large enough for us to completely unpack our clothes for a four-night stay. The bed was comfortable.
The bathroom was unusually spacious, with a large shower having a “rain forest” shower head. We were surprised that there was only one sink, as there would have been plenty of room for a two-sink vanity. Nevertheless, we had lots of room on the vanity to store our cosmetics.
Wifi was free, but we had some difficulties in using it. It seems that the hotel has only a set number of Wifi connections, so when many people are already logged into the system, it is not possible for a “newcomer” to connect. While this was not a constant problem, we did experience a few occasions when we were unable to access the internet. I would suggest that the hotel owner address and resolve this issue.
The hotel offered a buffet breakfast with a limited selection of items (some fruits, cereals, breads, meats and cheeses). In addition, we could and did enjoy made-to-order eggs and never went hungry. During our stay, we had dinner twice at the hotel restaurant and it was excellent. We would highly recommend that visitors to the hotel take advantage of the excellent cuisine that the L’Esplanade restaurant offers.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that Domme is a wonderful place to stay while visiting many of the tourist sights in the Dordogne region. The town itself is perched on a promontory above the Dordogne River, and it is an easy drive to other towns that a visitor might want to tour. The town itself has several very good restaurants, so one is not confined to eating dinner at the same place every night. More importantly, because the town is relatively small geographically, it is a short walk from any nearby restaurant to the hotel—no need for a “designated driver”, which means that all of us could enjoy a glass or two of wine without having to worry.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Esplanade
- l Esplanade Hotel Domme