After two great nights at the Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuses ( qv ) this was an altogether different establishment and the stay didn't start well when we arrived two hours earlier than the stipulated 15.00. Whilst this was entirely our fault for not reading the confirmation properly, the rudeness of the disembodied man who told us to come back later was unforgivable.
The room was very good and comfortable, with efficient air-conditioning. The pool area was immaculate and the sunbeds comfortable.
We ate both nights in and took the €38 ( almost ) compulsory three-course menu. This is a set menu, though on the second night, we were offered a choice of beef or fish. This is not cheap, so expectations were high. There's not much in Le Boulou and it's a drive there anyway.
The four of us agreed that the second night's dinner was in a very different league from the first - it was absolutely outstanding, comprising scallops, a beautiful steak and strawberry cheesecake. I do not think this could have been better in any way.
The first night - a Sunday - was poor in comparison : a rich tomato soup followed by red-mullet mille feuilles were ok, but for some reason, the posted dessert of fruit soup was replaced with a suspiciously cold and leaden tarte aux abricots - very poor and not good value.
Breakfast on both days were first class, as they should be for €16.
As is usual in France, even local wines are marked up considerably, but there was a very good choice.
Service was generally amiable and efficient, though a tad sharp at times.
All in all, a well-run establishment offering very good value accommodation, though less good on the food front.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 km of the highway exit Boulou (A9), just a step from Spain, mediterranean beaches, the attractive city of Collioure, this Catalan mas of the XVIIth century was completely renovated with elegance in charming hote. Rooms are personalized, some with privative terraces. You will particularly appreciate the quality of the cooking, elaborated with fresh products, served outside during summer and in the lounge during winter. You will be also charmed by the peace of places, the presence of a swimming pool. ... more less
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