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Auberge La Feniere
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cadenet
Wales
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44 reviews
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“Really French”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

A beautiful French hotel, it was clean and a good price. it is just outside Cadenet in some lovely grounds, the staff were very polite and helpful. it was a stopping point for a weekend event and was quiet this time of the year, was disappointed with the shower as you would have to sit in the bath to shower your hair or hold the shower in one hand hence the lower rating.
I would imagine it is better in the summer so will most probably go again in a summer time.

Booked through "Booking.com" and got 30% saving on the rooms.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney Australia
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We very much enjoyed our stay overall.

The room was comfortable -- it was decent value for the cost as their budget room and we had chosen the auberge so we could stay overnight and enjoy dinner with them.

The food was excellent, we had the tasting menu and some of the dishes were well worth travelling a long way for! The service did drop off about half way through the meal when a largish group arrived and, it seemed, distracted the staff's timing. In fact, the kitchen and wait staff forgot to serve our comte cheese course at all! We tried to tell the waiter who hesitated, said dessert is next and scurried off. As we were very full from an otherwise excellent meal, we let it go and waited to see if anyone noticed. Noone did.

We don't want to make too big a point of that as we did enjoy our meal a lot and enjoyed the overnight stay. We do recommend it, and think that the cost is fair value for a one off gourmet meal, but the slips in service caused us to give it 4 rather than 5 as a rating.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Let me say from the outset, that we take a Tripadvisor review VERY seriously.

We are very fortunate in that we travel more than the average person - nearly 400 nights spent in hotels during the last three years - with almost as many fine lunches and memorable dinners in some of the best (and a few of the worst - usually because there was no Tripadvisor review) establishments in the world.

BUT WE RARELY GO ANYWHERE WITHOUT VERIFYING OUR CHOICE WITH TRIPADVISOR.

If you separate out the fringe reviews, those with an axe to grind at the bottom end and the owner's cousin at the top end, and you study several reviews from a varied cross-section of people and if they claim that the: "hotel room was shabby" well, the chances are, it will be even shabbier when you get there - if you are crazy enough to ignore the reviews.

Every time we have "bucked the trend" of a Tripadvisor review we have been proven wrong and paid the price.

So, as I said, we take this kind of review very seriously because we understand we are dealing with other people's happiness, other peoples finances, and more often than not, other people's few precious days every year of R&R so deliberately misleading people is a selfish and unkind.

Hopefully we have established our credibility ?

I would also like to add that:

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I live part-time in France

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I speak French fluently - so there was no misunderstanding!

The main restaurant of the hotel was closed so we reserved dinner in the "bistro" "La Cour de Ferme" and were very excited when we arrived.

The decor was delightful.

The greeting was warm and friendly.

It was an open kitchen where there appeared to be "real" chefs so the taste buds started to work overtime.

AND THEN IT ALL WENT SADLY WRONG...

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We ordered a bottle of rose as an aperitif.
It arrived wonderfully chilled - but was then left standing on the table to warm up quickly as opposed to being placed in an ice bucket.

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There was a VERY LIMITED set menu.
I repeat.... very limited set menu = not much to go wrong.

But, oh boy, it did!

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My wife order the crostini of mushrooms with parma ham and gorgonzola cheese. A steaming bowl of something arrived (which was ice cold in the middle = MICROWAVE) she broke the crust to check there were no mushrooms in it and discovered the steaming bowl was ice-cold in the middle. She called over the waitress who immediately apologized (as if she already knew!!!) and a few minutes later a "crostini" of some description arrived WITHOUT parma harm or gorgonzola as advertised but with a sloppy salad on the side which wasn't on the menu description.

Oh boy, we both thought... it is going to be one of those nights - AND IT WAS!

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My creamy chestnut soup was "tepid" but quite tasty. I have had better I have had worse.

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Unfortunately the mishap (or the lack of gorgonzola and parma ham in the kitchen????) threw off the timing for the rest of the meal and my "pot 'O feu" arrived so over-cooked that I needed a pneumatic drill to get the meat off the bottom of the pot. It has been on the "feu" (or in the MICROWAVE?) too long. The beef was blackened and the vegetables mushy. It was disgusting.

Should we have left then?
Probably, but we had just driven a very long way and we were exhausted.

Should we have complained AGAIN?
Probably, but we had just driven a very long way and we were exhausted.

How a professional check could have served this dish to a paying client - or to a dog - I have no idea. I have to assume the people in the white coats in the open kitchen were dentists and not qualified cooks.


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My wife's dessert was inedible.
She took one bite and it had been microwaved - why do you need all those "chefs" (actors?) in the kitchen - if everything goes in the microwave?
She did not eat it.

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My trifle was equally as unappealing and I did not eat mine either. Their idea of trifle (one of the few British contributions to good food) consisted of a mixture of most unripe fruit with a dollop of whipped cream on the top a culinary effort that could have been performed by a well-trained monkey.

I just cannot, for the life of me, understand how professional hoteliers can let such a disastrous operation contribute to their "reputation"? It was truly appalling and I have had the misfortune to have eaten many bad meals in France - IT IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK - but this one plumbed new depths.

I think I have written enough.....

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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reinesammut, Propriétaire at Auberge La Feniere, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Google Translation
Cher Monsieur,

Suite à vos commentaires désobligeants sur ma cuisine, il est vraiment certain que vous vous êtes trompé d'adresse; je cuisine depuis plus de trente ans et n'utilise sûrement pas un micro onde! Je ne répondrai pas point par point à toutes vos critiques tant elles sont déplacées et de mauvaise foi. Comme vous le dites dans votre courrier, vous aviez ce jour là fait une longue route et étiez épuisés ce qui nous pensons vous a rendu désagréable mais ce n'était pas une bonne raison pour nous rendre responsable !
Reine Sammut
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Although the meal was delicious, the service was appalling. Just like in an hopital room, we were served by at least 5 or 6 waiters all coming and going, apparently as they became available. As for the chief in charge, we only saw him to pay the bill...
What is the point of coming to Luberon to be described your meal by a Chinese waitress who knows everything by heart but does not know how to say mosquitos in French ?

Last tip, cover you ourself up if you dine out on the terrace, we did not .. and it was a pleasure for mosquitos as apparently the restaurant does not have any solution against those.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, CA
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43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We were so pleased when we were taken to our room and saw the view from our patio. Like the Provence you dream about. The breakfast was to die-for, and we had a wonderful cooking class with Reine, and got to later eat what we made. The location is wonderful, too, there were beautiful small towns nearby to explore. We loved our stay here. Those on the upstairs floor of the main house, pay close attention to the artwork on the walls. ;)

Room Tip: Apparently the main house rooms are better, but I didn't see the others.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Wonderful location and main pool BUT the Belleview suites of which there are 5 were like the inside of a garage. Chipped concrete looking floor covering, tacky black bathroom decor with cheap fittings and an awful lime green dressing table better suited to an office. Be very careful when booking this hotel.....the main house accomodation looked much better.

Room Tip: The pictures of the rooms are deceiving....look carefully before booking particularly the Belleview...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Joe E
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Abid
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We just love this place. The people and warmth of the welcome.
Nothing felt forced or an effort.
The nice thing about moving around in Provence is that each region and area has something specific and unique in its cooking - In this instance the eating experience with everything fresh and yummy. (posted some photos)

The chef and owner is a marvel in the kitchen.
As we were travelling in France and expecting to see different ingredients and strange sounding and looking dish descriptions, we prepared a bit beforehand, but the staff is always on hand to give one detailed explanation - all you need to do is show a bit of interest and ask.

Beautiful setting and very relaxing. I could easily have lunches there that last for two days with a bit of dinner in between.

Room Tip: In France the Auberge type hotels/ accommodation have very defined types of rooms from budget to sui...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Auberge La Feniere
Address: route de Lourmarin | D943, 84160 Cadenet, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Luberon > Cadenet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cadenet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On a hillside just outside Lourmarin lies the inn of Reine Sammut, one of the best chefs in France. Before sampling the restaurant, be sure to savour the premises. The bedrooms are a tribute to local crafts, with original, contemporary designs and some with their own terrace and a stunning view over the Durance valley. ... more   less 
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