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“Sublime provencal tranquility just outside Menerbes in the Luberon.”

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Hostellerie le Roy Soleil
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Menerbes
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Sublime provencal tranquility just outside Menerbes in the Luberon.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

My wife and I sort of stumbled on this place. It was early evening and we were tired from our long drive from Nice, and didn't have reservations anywhere. So we were prepared to take what we found. What we found was a pretty, tranquil oasis of charm and comfort five minutes from the hillside village of Menerbes (10 minutes to La Coste; 20 minutes to Rousillon). They even offered us a deal on our room that we didn't ask for! (Not the best business practice, but still much appreciated). Large and comfortable with a nice big patio overlooking the gardens. I was really worried about the price of dinner that evening because we ordered glasses of champagne without knowing the cost (the same as served on the Concorde!)--and they didn't give us a check when we finished--just a mention that it would be added to our bill at check out. No worries--the fantastic meal for two with that champagne plus a nice bottle of wine was under 100 euros. The enormous pool here is one of the prettiest in the South of France--just the place for a quiet afternoon after walking the hill villages. The grounds are pure provencal charm. When I told the proprietor that the front desk had told me breakfast was included in our rate, he removed the charge instantly without so much as a frown. When I asked for a corkscrew to open the bottle of wine I'd bought in town, they not only fetched one but opened the bottled and got us two wine glasses. Whoever says the French are arrogant and unfriendly has never had the chance to meet the folks who run this place. I love it!

Room Tip: The patio/terrace that we had was a really nice touch. I gather the slightly less expensive rooms do...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

The most amazing grounds and feel, although menerbes is not one of my favorites, you can stay in this hotel and go to the next door villages of bonnieuX and Rousillon and gordes, this hotel was charming beautiful clean and fantastic

  • Stayed July 2012
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Melbou
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

Quaint small hotel about 2 km from Menerbes. Rooms are three star but comfortable and with Provencial ambience. Nice pool. Staff are friendly but some are relatively new and/or untrained. Senior staff could not have been more helpful. Minor room maintenance issues were not addressed eg slow filling/flushing toilet, towel rails falling from the wall. Overall maintenance and appearance of the hotel was very good and it has that certain ambience.

Restaurant evening meals were of very high quality and it is definitely worth eating in for the fine food that was exceptionally well presented. Good local wine list. Good selection of Armagnac.

Breakfast was another matter and, at E22, is best avoided. Very marginal coffee, some breads and cold cuts of meat. Instead, walk or drive to Menerbes and have a coffee and croissant and enjoy the view.

We would stay there again.

Room Tip: If you are looking to avoid restaurant/courtyard noise, avoid the rooms overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

This hotel was booked on line with a coupon by my partner, I was supriesd at how beautiful the Hotel and grounds were,the pool was great the staff were helpful and outgoing and very French !!! loved our stay and was delighted at our bill as I though it was going to be high but very reasonable for what we had. Loved it and will visit again

Room Tip: One with a balcony
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

The grounds are lovely and well kept. Some rooms are small and the rooms with a patio are far better. The restaurant serves food to die for, but it is expensive. Plan to go into town for some meals splurge on one wonderful dinner at the Le Roi. Try the Pears Helene.

Room Tip: I was sick one day and the chef prepared artichoke soup and sent it to my room. It was the best I ha...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2011

It has everything to be fabulous, nice grounds a beautiful swimming pool, friendly staff (in september, at least), and nicely decorated rooms.

We had an upgrade to a junior suite, so could not complain about the decoration, nor the price. The price we paid, for a standard room, seemed justifiable for the junior suite. The junior suite is spacious, has a nice balcony over looking the garden, and tasteful furnishings. It also has a reasonable sized (32") falt screen TV.

What really let the hotel down were details, like tired sheets on the bed, they needed to be replaced. A shower head that leaked everywhere, a toilet that did quite stop running after it had been flushed, some unfilled screw holes in the bathroom walls.

We really wanted this to be a luxurious stay for our wedding anniversary, and we did have a great time, we slept well, th ebeds were perfectly comfortable, and the hotel was very quiet. Indeed one night we were the only people in the hotel. Literally, the only people!

The breakfast is way to expensive, better to go to Coustellet, or better yet the "boulangerie, salon de thé" just below the market square in Bonnieux.

(If you look at the various categories, I've marked mostly very good, or excellent, but I can't bring myself to give the hotel a higher than "average" rating overall)

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

This is an OK 3 star country hotel unfortunately it charges 5 star prices and they are just not justified. There are issues with maintenance and housekeeping.
We had a standard room in the old building (perhaps the suites in the newer buildings are much better) and it left a lot to be desired. The room was very musty and even after two days with the window open it still smelled as if it hadn't been used for a long time. This is Provence why not stick a bowl of lavender in the room?
There is a tiny en suite shower room but no separating door. The shower head was full of lime scale and only a few of the nozzles worked, they sprayed water almost everywhere except on the person taking the shower and as there was no shower curtain the whole of the bathroom ended up very wet including the single toilet roll!
The toilet seat was loose and chipped. Soap and shower gel was provided but you will need to bring your own shampoo etc.
There were instructions on how to use the phone but there was no phone in the room. There was a flat screen TV but the fitted plug would not fit in the only available socket. No wardrobe, a shop rail was provided with a real motley collection of mismatched hangers, it had all the charm of the local charity shop!
There was no hair-drier.
For 145 euros a night I would have liked a second pillow and bed clothes which weren't stained (looked like blood?).
There was no room safe despite that being advertised as available in the hotel brochure.
There were spider webs in the room and a dead spider!
The bedside table was broken and one had to be careful not to get splinters.
There was a mini bar but only a single wine glass which we had to share! This glass wasn't replaced for the duration of our stay and it was still stained with my lipstick when we checked out. Unfortunately there were no toothbrush glasses either. The maid laid our toothbrushes on a rather grubby wooden shelf! Yuk!

There was a nice and simple continental breakfast (nice cheese, ham, bread, pastries, cereal, juice and coffee) but it cost a whopping 21 euros a head. And if I am paying Paris prices I don't want a chipped coffee cup.

We didn't eat dinner in the hotel but the menu looked nice however it was approx 75 euros for 3 courses.

The public areas of the hotel look nice however the cream sofas in reception were stained as if someone had sat on them in a wet swimsuit.

The grounds look nice however there are planters with dead plants (how long does it take to pull up a dead plant?) which detract.

The pool is nice but quite cold even at the end of July. There were sun loungers and umbrellas but no pool towels that we could find.

We could have asked at reception but quite often that was unattended and there was no bell. In fact there was no one there when we wanted to check out so we just had to leave.

All in all it was very disappointing and very expensive for what it was. It's a shame because it could be a good hotel. It doesn't take much to address the housekeeping issues and re-examine pricing.

If a hotel wants to charge 5 star prices then it must expect to be criticised when it falls far short of the standard expected.

Room Tip: avoid the old building
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostellerie le Roy Soleil
Address: Rte. des Beaumettes, 84560 Menerbes, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Luberon > Menerbes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Menerbes
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hostellerie le Roy Soleil 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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