The Hotel Manoir de Restigne is a beautiful property within easy reach of many famous chateaux in the Loire Valley. It's a bit difficult to find if you use the address used in Bookings.com. It lists the hotel property in Bourgueil which it is technically correct, but your GPS won't find it there. it's in the small village of Restigne.
Our room looked nothing like the beautiful rooms listed on their website. It was in an out building immediately adjacent to the D963 road (not overly busy, but you can hear the traffic). When I complained, the proprietor assured me I couldn't but my ears say otherwise. The room, however, is adequate for a four star hotel, but not what I thought I was getting.
The restaurant Le Chai which is on the property looks beautiful but we didn't eat there. It has a dress code (a bit unbelievable these days) and men are required to wear a sport jacket. This wasn't made known to us when we checked in and casually made a reservation for dinner for two. After reading the "rules" posted in our room, we decided to cancel to avoid embarrasment. The restaurant is also very expensive and can easily run over $100 per person for dinner. There are other more reasonable choices in neighboring villages for dinner. There's also a note in the room which "forbids", yes that is the word used bringing any food or beverages from the outside in the hotel.
To sum it up, it's a very nice property but overly pretensious, not very welcoming, and "not as advertised". I couldn't recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castle luxury hotel, stately home of 6 bedrooms, 4 suites, gastronomic restaurant, wine bar and bistro, lounges, patio, park and gardens, swimming pool, tasting wine and cellar. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manoir De Hotel Restigne