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Belle Isle sur Risle
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    All reviewsbelle islethe riveroutdoor poolold mansionsmall islandbuffet breakfastdining experienceguided tourtasting menubeautiful frenchcourse dinnernice roomglass of champagneduckclassy hotelold schoollovely grounds
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    Reviewed August 14, 2012

    We recently stayed at this hotel and let me start by saying the staff are great and the grounds are beautiful. The village that this hotel is near is lovely and it's great for a romantic getaway. Although there were many positives we probably wouldn't stay here again for a couple of reasons.

    The Good: Dog friendly (extra €13 a night), nice staff, beautiful grounds, near a cute village, nice pool, on-site activities (bike and kayak rental - only 2 of each), quiet.

    The Bad: A bit overpriced for what you get (breakfast is €17) - but the massage prices were fair, uncomfortable bed in our room (Camelia) - but our friends loved theirs, no shower in our room and couldn't fully stand up to rinse off with the tub hose due to the slanting ceilings in our top-floor room, decorating is bad (yes, this is a bit fussy), but for €135 a night at least have real and not plastic plants throughout the hotel, keep the patterns to a minimum and invest in a duvet with a cover instead of a hideous bed cover and a scratchy wool blanket.

    Overall this could be a great place if they ditched the plastic plants, invested in some comfortable mattresses, upgraded the bed linens, invested in some additional bikes and disclosed the fact that some rooms don't have a shower and require that you have to climb 5 flights of stairs to get to them.

    Room Tip: Some rooms have a balcony (that would have been nice if we knew that ahead of time and could request one), some rooms don't have a real shower and only a tub with a hose, if you don't like climbing a lot of stairs request a room on a lower floor.
    • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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    6  Thank DtotheN
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    Reviewed July 27, 2012

    This historic, Napoleon III-era building is literally on an island of peaceful solitude. It retains its historic character, but with added modern luxuries including indoor gym (cardio machines), indoor pool, outdoor pool, wi-fi, TV (of course), and new-ish bathrooms. Breakfast was typically French, beautiful and delicious. The restaurant is five-star, though a bit pricey. If you like fine dining, it is worth every penny! There are more staff than you can shake a stick at, relative to its size, so the grounds are well kept and I'd think you can expect that your needs will be met. (Ours certainly were.) Pay a bit more for a balcony room, and you have yourself an excellent place for private breakfast, sunbathing, etc. A warning on the sunbathing - it is a well shaded hotel, surrounded by tall trees (you get sun, but not maximum length of the day). There is a tennis court, but it seems they had recent flooding of that part of the grounds, so not sure what sort of condition it is in. There are a few odd maintenance issues which don't really affect your stay - e.g. a leaky roof in the lounge which is managed, but not fixed, and vines covering some windows completely. However, the owners are clearly making steady progress on improving the hotel from how nice it already is.

    The one thing you cannot change is its location relative to surrounding places. I will leave others to decide why they want to be there, but we were disappointed with all of the Italian restaurants in an otherwise lovely French village / town (Pont Audemer). Even then, half of the restaurants were closed every night, and always different ones, with no posted schedules. We felt nearby Honfleur with all of its French restaurants was a bit lacking in character and over-priced as compared to other French towns we've stayed in. The markets nearby were ok at best, and otherwise we struggled to find many shops. The best places to go to for us were Deauville (shops and beach) and Houlgate (great beach!). Lisieux is a waste of time, unless you like churches.

    Room Tip: As stated previously, pay a bit more for a balcony room, and you have yourself an excellent place for private breakfast, sunbathing, private aperitifs before dinner, etc.. 2nd floor rooms (and presumably higher) have higher ceilings, so feel more spacious than the 1st floor rooms.
    • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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    2  Thank Scott J
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    Reviewed July 22, 2012

    Absolutely beautiful place. The hotel itself, the grounds, the surroundings. It's all lovely.
    The staff, especially the owner and her son are extremely friendly, helpful and welcoming. Was lovely to be able to have a bit of background information and history about the property.

    Rooms are a good size with lovely little alcoves to sit in and overlook the grounds.
    Food is absolutely fantastic. Could do with a little background, ambient music perhaps to help dull the silences left by the other tables.
    Free wifi. Great breakfast. Lovely swimming pool/gym facilities.

    What more could you want?

    • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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    2  Thank TravellerJ23
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    Reviewed July 6, 2012

    We stayed here for a night with a Travelzoo deal including dinner and breakfast. It is a lovely spot next to a river and the building itself is beautiful. The furniture and furnishings inside are a little combination of antique and 80's making the vibe a little odd. There is no elevator - which wasn't a problem for us, but may be for others. ]

    Our room was large and comfortable, but again the furnishings were just a very strange mix of antique and worn 70's//80's. It was also a very cold and as a result the romo was cold and the heating didn't work. The only other issue we had overnight was that the bidet in the bathroom overflowed all by itself without even turning it on!! The unpleasant part were the large black bits that came up with this water.

    Dinner was nice and the wait staff were very attentive....just a little strange...I guess that suited the atmosphere with the furnishings ;-) Breakfast was simple but lovely.

    All in all an interesting stay. There isn't a lot to do in the local town, so this definitely wouldn't somewhere I would return to, but given the Travelzoo deal, it was worth it for the intrigue

    • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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    2  Thank Mark E
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    Reviewed June 22, 2012

    This hotel is off the beaten path, but it is worth finding. A real gem.
    Gracious surroundings and gracious hosts.
    We were pampered here big time.
    Room was five star with a very modern bath, and the food was excellent.
    If we did not live on the other side of the Atlantic we would be there regularly.
    This is what getting away is all about!
    It was especially lovely to get to know other guests from Ireland.

    • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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