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Hotel-Restaurant La Chaine d'Or
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Les Andelys
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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“Classic French country hotel and restaurant”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Stayed at La Chaine D'Or as part of a touring week in Normandy. It came by personal recommendation from a friend.
We were not disappointed during our two night stay, for which we booked the half board rate.
We were welcomed well on arrival late afternoon found a space in the courtyard car park, and given a detailed briefing on our bedroom.
The room, overlooking the Seine benefitted from the beautiful outlook, and came with a comfortable bed, appropriate furniture, and a good bathroom, which a strong shower over the bath.
In many ways as we had been told, the evening meal was the highlight. The beautifully prepared and artistically served food of four courses was simply outstanding. The restaurant staff were helpful; and the room had lovely views of the river.
Breakfast was a more straightforward affair, but satisfying.
The village itself is very pleasant to stroll around, and as others have observed, close (a 30 minute drive) to Monet's garden. The hotel staff were very willing to provide any information on the area that we needed.
Only one complaint - the high price of drinks and wine in the restaurant (we would have liked to see the opportunity to buy a carafe of house wine, rather than having to buy a bottle costing over 30 euros (and that was for the cheaper bottles!).
That said, the hotel is overall a fine establishment. And we would certainly return to La Chaine D'Or.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Returned to La Chaine d'Or after several years, remembering that we liked it but it was beginning to get shabby. Wow! Gorgeously refurbished - we had the Richard Lionheart junior suite and loved it. Excellent price fixed 4 course dinner in lovely restaurant overlooking the Seine. Highly recommended. Short drive to Giverny(go early) and Richard's Chateau Gailliard overlooking a bend in the river. Value for money - room 139 E and four course meal 50E including tax and service.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the Seine have a great outlook. Room 10, Richard Coeur de Lion, and Room 11, Phil...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We arrived here very tired after driving from Paris, being from Australia and having to drive on the wrong side of the road made it more challenging so what a sight for sore eyes this lovely hotel was. Right in the centre of town & across the cobbled street was the magnificent Saint Sauveur Church. No lift here, but we managed to get our, over packed bags up the flight of stairs and into our very nicely appointed room. Nothing flash but very comfortable and with a view outside our windows of the Seine river, separated by just a small road and lush green grass sloping gently down to its banks. We also lucked onto a mild sunny day & settled ourselves outside in the Gazebo. Our host Olivier, very graciously delivered our requested bottle of Wine, with the prerequisite silver ice bucket to drink among the flowers. Afterwards we walked along the river bank looking at all the magnificent houses, watching the ducks & dog's and even rolling in that grass, the like of which we don't often see in Australia, pure delight. That night we had dinner in the very beautiful dining room, it was a highlight, everything we chose was excellent and beautifully presented. Breakfast the next morning was also enjoyable. Stephanie, our hostess was very helpful with any inquiries or requests, she remained so even after we had left the hotel and discovered my husband had left his iPhone 5 at one of our photo stops on our way out of town. We deliberately chose hotels throughout our trip that weren't part of a chain of the usual Accor, Novotel, Great Western etc.. you know the one's, the moment you shut the door you could be anywhere in the world and all for the sake of a few measly hotel points or dollars saved?? we however, were rewarded with these special gems, this one dated back to 1751 and was all we could have hoped for, lovingly restored & tended. Tips for the ladies, take your own hair dryer, they all seem to have the same wall mounted low power one's everywhere, and be prepared for no shower cap supplied. Follow us on our journey towards the Loire Valley in Normandy as we sample the delights of both food, history & delight, in our chosen hotels.

Room Tip: I think most rooms overlook the river, so very peaceful & quiet here. Bed's were comfortabl...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Kitchener, Ontario
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We arrived from a overseas flight from Canada, and after visiting Giverney and Roche de Gyon, arrived at our first stop La Chaine d'Or for 2 nights.
As we were arriving before 5:00pm we made all the accessible arrangements and were in the courtyard parking lot by 3:30. A restaurant recommendation -The Mistral across the street and down, and it worked out fine for the dinner, convenient and reasonably priced.

Our room was a renovated room at the end of the hall with view of the river. It was a large room with high ceilings. When I emailed months in advance I mentioned the type of room that I wanted so all worked out here. (They do not however, have a shower, just a bathtub with a hose, so made do with this for the 2 nights).
The gentleman (monsieur, as we called him) seemed to work at reception, server for the dinners and breakfasts and was seen preparing food in the kitchen. He only spoke french, and although pleasant enough was very much about the business at hand.

The Thursday night dinner was wonderful, so if you have the chance to dine here, do try.
We did a day trip to Dieppe as my husband's fought at the Battle of Dieppe and we wanted to pay our respects. We visited Blue Beach and then drove into the town of Dieppe for a pot of good mussels. While in the Les Andeleys visited and walk around Chateau Gailliard. Interesting history and stunning views from the top.
This was a good stop for us. Yes, it's a quirky, old fashion type of hotel, but it's good, and the breakfasts have good coffee, and of course try to fit one of their dinners in.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

We spent one night after Giverny on our way to Normandy. We lucked out with a beautiful sunny afternoon to sit by the river and relax. Very small quaint town. Our room was very comfortable and looked out over the courtyard to the river. We had dinner in the restaurant and it was one of the better meals we had in France. Very good value for the money.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Quirky, old fashioned hotel in very pretty Normandy village. Sited right next to the Loire river and in the shadow of the magnificent Chateau Gailliard, the castle built by Richard the Lionheart.
Very friendly,helpful staff, and lovely restaurant overlooking the river with excellent food.
Very good values.

Room Tip: Although our room was very large and ostensibly clean, it was decorated in a strange baronial style...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Very good hotel, clean, tidy, with a wow factor if you like typical 19th century french house, with apparent bins. Cosy, staff extremely helpful. I would chose it over a standard Hilton!
You can have a meal on site or go out, the main street nearby has a couple of restaurants and creperies.
All good!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel-Restaurant La Chaine d'Or
Address: Le Petit Andely 27 rue Grande, 27700 Les Andelys, France
Location: France > Normandy > Haute-Normandie > Eure > Les Andelys
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Les Andelys
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel-Restaurant La Chaine d'Or 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Chaîne d’Or gets her name from the history of the 18 th century, when the house was considered as a toll house. A large chain was crossing the Seine river between the rives and the island. Each boat that wanted to cross the river from La Havre to Paris had to pay a toll. The king was getting so much money from this toll, that people were telling that it was a “golden chain”. La Chaine d’Or has been successively an auberge, an hotel, and a coffee shop, just in front of the church, where men were meeting while their wifes were in the church.After world war 2nd, the Boirel family proposed a traditionnal cuisine, which was very appreciated from the local guests. Monsieur Boutineau went on with this tradition. Several years later, Monsieur et Madame Foucault, as new owners, decided to propose a gastronomic restaurant and with the help of the Chef, Monsieur Chevalliez, they obtained a Star from the famous Michelin Guide.When the chef left to buy his own restaurant, Madame Foucault sold la Chaîne d’Or which had a difficult time for a while.Today, Stephanie and Olivier Bicot, their team and the Chef Philippe Lallier are very proud to welcome you and to share their passion for the French gastronomy. ... more   less 
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