We arrived on a Sunday night, requesting a room,and were immediately impressed by the owner/host's knowledge and enthusiasm for the historical importance of the building. Recognising that we were English, we were shown to a room, which was delightful, that had previously been used by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, and next door to another which had had Lawrence of Arabia as a guest. We were asked if we required demi pension, but we refused stating that we would like to choose our menu from the carte. We had one of the most amazing meals ever in France. Our table, overlooking the Seine, had a stunning view. The hostess was charming, and we chose our menu and had the accompanying wines. Both the food and the wines were superb. We have travelled widely in France and eaten at many two and three star establishments and this hotel is right up there with the best. A bottle of Champagne was opened for one of us to have a glass to compliment the strawberries!. On leaving and paying the bill, we were told that we had been placed on demi pension regardless, because it was better value for us. What a wonderful place. We will definitely be returning as soon as we can.
- 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