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Reviewed May 8, 2012

Stayed for one night mid-week after a long drive from Carcassonne. Impressive exterior in spacious, well kept grounds - great views over the river from the garden out the back. Room was much BIGGER than anything else we have had in a 10 day tour in France for the same money and well appointed with good views across the grounds and river. Didn't stay for breakfast but staff really helpful with information, directions and making us feel welcome despite arriving late at night. Would recommend and stay here again. Gus is great!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank 2much2see
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Hilarious expensive breakfast that you would expect in an all-in simple hotel with a very basic room price; no reception staff after 23.00 hours, no room service and an owner who seems not to understand the meaning of the word customer service ... but great location and beautiful rooms ...

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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9  Thank anonymous315
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

My husband and I stayed for three nights at Chaeau Grattequina and we were truly charmed by this wonderful place. It's not in the Bordeaux City Center, but it's close enough for sure. The room was clean, huge, and just lovely. The bathroom was quite luxurious, and the view of the grounds was gorgeous. We felt as if we were staying in a castle - and overall the place felt very special.

Breakfast each day was in a different room on the main floor and was delicious. They had a vast selection, and were eager to please. Anything you want - no problem.

We also ordered room service one night and it was fabulous. It was as if someone had just prepared it in their own kitchen and the quality was top notch.

If we are ever in the area again - we will definitely return to Chateau Grattequina.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sunshine333
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Stayed New Year's Eve for one night. We had no trouble finding the chateau by foillowing the instructions given. Plenty of signs for the hotel as we drove closer.

Room was excellent, a basic room on the front corner of the chateau, but this is where everything went wrong. The curtains are on poles that ensure that the curtains do not hang against the window recesses. Hence, with full floodlights shining straight up at the room, yes, you have it, the room was lit up better than in daylight. We were assured that the floodlights would go off at 2300, but did they hell, they stayed on all night. This meant that we did not sleep at all for the whole night. We brought the problem to the notice of the receptionist in hte morning, but she simply shrugged her shoulders and said that we should have called the night line, which, incidentally, is stressed for emergencies only. What a waste of money, Euros 178 for a totally sleepless night. Never again, and they did not even offer a discount for the trouble they caused. We were flying straight through from Bordeaux to New Zeal;and on check-out day and really needed a good night's sleep; alas, no such luck.

Breakfast was a real rip-off. We had stayed at a hotel in Perpignan the previous few days, and breakfast was Euros 7 per person. This one was Euros 18 per person for not much more.

Beware, if you want to obtain value for money, try somewhere else.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank NewZealandNeville
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Normally, leaving one's lovely chateau--and this one IS lovely--to drive a short distance for dinner is not too trying, but Chateau Grattequina is set back quite a distance from the road, and their modest entry-gate is one too-easily missed on the long and unlit road, even for those who have been in residence for a few nights and are relying upon GPS. Add some excellent Bordeaux for dinner, and the task of returning to the Chateau after a lovely repast, maneuvering the mulitple turnabouts (no traffic lights in these parts), takes some of the "rest" out of the vacation.

The Chateau itself is something of a fraud, but don't let that bother you, as the details have been reproduced so truthfully and lovingly that you would never discover it if they, themselves, did not come clean. The rooms are large, comfortable, charming and very artfully decorated; we had a corner room and the views out the large windows were extensive.
The bath is very well-appointed, large, and comfortable. The rooms are exceptionally clean, fresh and uncluttered, and lovely by any standard. Compliments to their decorator.

Grattequina is on a river-- the Girande-- if memory serves, and surrounded by working farmland. Breakfast is a joy, when they have not run out of croissants, which did happen once, and I was quite surprised that this did not seem to them the emergency that it did, of course, seem to me, as really, why else get up in the morning in France? But never mind; the staff was lovely and helpful, and breakfast could be taken either inside a charming breakfast room or outdoors on the terrace overlooking the Girande, even mid-October, which we did.

We selected this establishment because we were seeking a chateau in proximity to Bordeaux.
This was a bit farther out than we would have liked, but not impossibly so, and city itself was a splendid surprise, even on the rainy day we happened to be there. Do not miss Bordeaux, and if you cannot find a closer-in Chateau and if you can handle roundabouts after a dinner with good wine, and the lack of availablity of food after breakfast, Grattequina will not otherwise disappoint.

The restaurant to which we were directed (name escapes me now but don't worry, they have it) is less than a ten-minute, uncomplicated drive, and also sits along the river. Food is authentic and reasonably-priced, and there is a large outdoor area along the river. We were there in early-to mid-October, and the place was fairly dead, but I can just see it on a summer's night; I have no doubt the crowds are extensive and joyous, and the evenings there just lovely. There was a credit card issue--either they took none, or didn't take American Express. Check with management before going.

We were also directed to a more expensive (fancy) restaurant (name also escapes me) which was both expensive and fancy, but we actually preferred the food and ambiance at the simpler place, where we dined every night they were open.

We felt rather removed from civilization in this location; to our knowledge there were no shops nearby where we might have collected some cheeses, breads, meats and wine for a "picnic" of our own, and thus no way to avoid driving to dinner. It struck us that since they have a banquet facility next door, they would better serve their clientelle by making available this sort of thing during the course of the day. We felt the lack of access to food made the stay somewhat less luxurious than it otherwise could have been, as if management didn't quite "get it" in terms of what ought to be, with his charming property, luxury accomodations.

Room Tip: Ask for the quiet side away from the banquet hall. Another non-room tip: watch your odometer when you leave for the restaurant and calculate the distance; that way you will know when you are getting "warm" on your return. Unintentionally riving past the Grattequina is quite easy.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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