Okay, so first of all, I have to say that when I review a hotel, I keep in mind what is being offered for the money. If a $75 a night hotel is pretty near perfect, I will give it a higher rating than a $300 a night hotel that misses the mark, even if the $300 a night hotel is nicer overall and has more amenities. In general, one expects more of a $300 a night hotel.
Anyhow, our room was too dark for our taste. It had an Asian inspired feel which we don't really look for or want in Provence. I wouldn't review this property poorly because of that though. What I do mark it down on were the scratchy sheets and the hard bed. I have stayed in a B&B in Canada where the sheets were from Costco and they were heavenly. It doesn't cost a lot of money to provide quality bedding.
Next, our bathroom. Huge, but not convenient. There was a bath tub with VERY high sides. You had to step in, then lift up the nozzle and try not to spray the very lovely pictures on the wall. It was a complete exercise in frustration for both myself and my husband. We came back from exploring several days and just wanted a decent shower - not possible. We both kind of wretched our necks dealing with this crazy arrangement. Additionally, I nearly feel once getting out of the tub because of the huge puddles of water that collected on the floor in spite of my best efforts to prevent this from happening.
Don't count on being able to park right by the hotel if it is market day, or if it is busy in ISLS. Not a problem if you are traveling lightly, but a definite issue if you have heavy traveling bags. Again, just something to note. It made for a very hectic arrival to our stay.
Next, the internet only really works in the main areas...not in our room on the 3rd floor. We specifically booked this hotel because it said it had internet. Unfortunately, some issues were going on at home and with my husband's job that required us to stay in contact. We didn't mind working in the main lobby area, but several times the internet didn't even work properly there. We felt like children practically begging the owners to reboot or try to get the internet working. They acted like we should just be patient, go have a drink, whatever, when in fact we had some pressing issues to attend to. Really, we felt like we were intruding in someone's home - not welcome guests.
The breakfasts were kind of odd compared to what we had experienced at other hotels in France and in Italy. First of all, the plates were very modern and tippy. Eating an egg was an exercise in a balancing act. Next, the portions were a bit miserly for the price we paid for our overall stay. There were always pastries, but we like more eggs, fruit and cheese as we had come to expect in other locales. It might seem petty, but for nearly $500 US a night, we did expect a lot.
We would not stay here again. I can see why some find it unique because it is decorated so differently than your typical Provencal lodging, but it was dark and cold to us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boutique Hotel La Maison Sur La Sorgue and its hosts offer you charming suites in a former private mansion in the heart of l' Isle sur la Sorgue.You enter by an unassuming door, which opens into a serie of cool rooms through wich you glimpse a verdant garden laid out on the banks of the Sorgue river under a majestic Sycamore.We eargely await you, and rest at your disposal to help you organize your stay in Provence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Maison Sur La Sorgue Hotel l`Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue
- La Maison Sur Sorgue
- La Maison Sur La Sorgue - Esprit De France L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue