On our way to Rouen then Monet's farmhouse we fortunately chose our stopping off place. Following our GPS we wended our way down this road up this street down another lane where the trees were carved in a cube. Strange, yet memorable. Into the gated parking area. At last the pilgrims could rest. On the Seine. The hotel's rooms were as if out of my mind's eye of how a room should look that sits on a beautiful French river countryside. Opening the shuttered window, OMG. there just below twenty feet away was a small fishing boat where two or three locals sat on the shoreline casting. What a view. The rooms were decorated simply, very clean with great pride, I'm sure. No TV or radio to ruin what God has given us. Wonderful. The hotel was not finished. Come join us for dinner. I have no memory of what we ordered. I do remember the rough hewn timbers on ceiling of the dining room; the very courteous service, attentive non intrusive; the general cozy yet refined ambiance. From the wine to the delicious desert the food my wife and I enjoyed was some of the best food we have ever consumed. The quantity, quality, and cost shared an equilibrium that made our stop so memorable. Definitely, a place to stop at in future. Next time we will bring friends & family along for the treat.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel-Restaurant La Chaine d`Or Hotel Les Andelys