La Roseraie Hotel, Chenonceaux
Reviews - La Roseraie Hotel
- Age Group: 4150
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Historical Traveller Reviews of La Roseraie Hotel
One of the Best Meals in Francefrom Tsarman
Does not disappointfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hosts were nothing but helpful whenever we saw them, and particularly after my wife broke her foot - she slipped on a stairway in the nearby chateau!
We felt like Royalty at the Hotel la Roseraie in Francefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent in all aspectsfrom OH_traveler73
Unparalleled hospitalityfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms were gorgeous, exactly what you would imagine staying in while visiting a small countryside. The coziness of the room is carried throughout the rest of the hotel. The food in the hotel restaurant was absolutely amazing. It was a welcomed departure from the oversized meals that are inherent to American restaurants. Instead of being hurried through our meal, we were able to take our time and truly enjoy our vacation. Sophie, Laurent, and another server were the only ones waiting on customers, which provided everyone with personal attention from each of the owners. Breakfast was equally as enjoyable. The croissants and chocolat pain coupled with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate was the perfect way to start the morning. As I look at it, while on vacation, you should indulge in all of the native food no matter how calorie-saturated it may be. That being said, if you take advantage of all the sites, gaining weight will definitely not be an issue.
Overall, I would not change anything about La Roseraie. The attentiveness afforded to every single guest is a definite selling point of this hotel. The only problem I had with my trip to La Roseraie was that it was far too short.
Could not be betterfrom A TripAdvisor Member
A Highlight of our Trip to Francefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Choose this hotel, if you love bugs or insecticide residue in your roomfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived in the evening, after a lot of sightseeing en route from Paris.
My husband was the first victim of Laurent's greeting. He said bonjour, handed Laurent our e-mail confirmation and said : "We are the
......s" (our family name), to which Laurent burst out in exclamations: "The...s! The incredible ...! The wonderful ...! The famous...!" It sounded strange, out of place, and appeared to have a hint of sarcasm in it. It appeared that Laurent did not fancy the laconic way my husband had broached upon the subject of our reservation.
My turn was next. Everyone was tired, my feet bled through my shoes from the walking we had done during the previous 6 days (I did not mind that per se, it was a cheap trade off for a wonderful experience, I just wanted to get to the room ASAP and treat the wounds in order to prevent staff infection), but our teen-aged son had been doing his best to keep us particularly miserable during the last leg of our trip, so naturally I was a bit preoccupied and had the audacity of entering the premises of Roseraie without a smile on my face, although I thought I deserved a credit for making a concentrated effort to keep a pleasant expression. I even said "bojour" with the best French accent I could master. Alas, my efforts were in vain. Instead of getting a polite "bonjour" in reply, I was promptly reprimanded by Laurent : "No! You are an American, and you walk in here without a big smile on your face !?" When I asked why he thought I should be wearing a big smile on my face (isn't 92 euros enough, I wanted to add, but did not- out of sheer politeness), he said: "You should be happy you are in France! You escaped from America!" After which he wanted to know whether Americans were still chasing bin laden, and when we thought he was going to be caught.
Although subsequently Laurent was helpful with the parking and luggage, our initial encounter with him had left a bad aftertaste. We both agreed, Laurent was overstepping.
The episode made me remember the review from an American gentleman who resented having been "lectured" for asking for ice water before dinner. I had no probelm picturing that incident.
Our other problems with this hotel were of practical nature, although I found Laurent's wife to be rude. When we arrived, she was first taking stock of us through a window, and then peeking out of the dining area, but never came out. Later, after I found a full bottle of insecticide spray left in our room on the window sill within easy reach of my toddler, I went downstairs to return the bottle to Sophie and to inquire of the nature of the problem that had necessitated the presence of that bottle in our room. I was concerned about the blood-
sucking bugs that were pictured in numbers on the bottle, as well as about how the possible residue from the spray, which had obviously been used in the room, was going to affect my child's health (she had asthma attacks at an early age), plus it's a common knowledge that these kind of chemicals are not just household poisons, but also carcinogens. I was not happy about finding that bottle at all, I was only happy that my child did not find it first. When I came down, Sophie was talking on the phone. she looked at the bottle in my hand, avoiding any eye contact, and proceeded talking on the phone at length all the while deliberately ignoring me. She made me wait for full 5 minutes without giving any kind of response to my presence.
After she finally hung up, I showed her the bottle, but before I could open my mouth, she blurted out: "It is not mandatory." "Mandatory"?-In her rude arrogance she assumed that I was asking her permission not to use the spray in the room.
I started questioning myself whether I was in a hotel for which I was paying 92 euros per night, or whether I had just imagined it and somehow ended up in some shelter for homeless people, where I was tolerated out of charity. After explaining to her that I would not use the spray,even if it was mandatory, I asked Sophie, how bad was the bug problem.
She replied lightly, that it only started in April-May, when the bugs "come in the windows". See, the building is covered with ivy, which obviously exacebrates the problem. Hello? Have you heard about screens? Roll-down screens, may be? At any rate, Sophie and Laurent prefer to poison bugs(and people) with health-hazardous sprays. It must be cheaper that way (for them).
Anyway, Sophie was not keen on discussing enthomology or health hazards of insecticides, instead she grabbed the opportunity of pushing her breakfast on me.
Although we do not eat breakfasts in French hotels, since there are so many other better and healthier options outside of them, I took time to listen to Sophie's sales pitch of the usual bad carbs+saturated fat+caffeine, which she was selling for 8 euros a piece ($10.25), because I was curious as to whether they would charge the baby (a tiny 3 -year old who eats like a bird). Madame's enthusiastic answer was:"I can do the baby for 6". That told me all I needed to know.
By the way, after I got rid of the first bottle of insecticide, I found another one in the bathroom closet.
By that time we started feeling like we wanted to spend as little time in our room as we could, so we went for a ride to see neighbouring chateaux, Fontevraud Abbey and the town of Loches. When we arrived back shortly before 10 p.m., Laurent informed us that we were lucky we'd made it, because hotel closed up at 10p.m. and did not open until 8 a.m., and if we wanted to leave before 8 a.m., it was not going to be easily accomplished. I thought, Laurent should have informed us about the restrictions when we were checking in. It was not a pleasant thought, that only by sheer luck we avoided being locked out with no place to sleep at night.
The final touch to our stay-I should say two touches, since they were connected:
when after having done the laundry and having a blissful shower (no glass door on the tub, or curtain-note for those to whom those things matter), I pulled back my blanket, I discovered a good-size fat-bellied bug on my pillow-one of the kind that was pictured on the bottle- a bloodsucker, who stinks, when it gets squashed. He put up quite a fight as I was wrapping it in a piece of toilet paper and flashing him down the drain. Needless to say, all my dreams of restful sleep evaporated after that incident.
When the lights went off I had a panic attack imagining all kind of bugs feeding on my child who was sharing the bed with me. I reached for the light switch on my side of the bed only to find that there was none. I crawled over my daughter's sleeping form and flipped the switch on her side of the bed, and was almost blinded by the light from the chandelier in the center of the room ( 3 bare glary bulbs).
See, the wiring in that room is screwed up as well: in order to turn you bedside light on (which is really a lamp in a small niche up above your head), you have to get off the bed, cross the width of the room and in pitch darkness find the switch on the wall. Turning on the whole chandelier in the middle of the night is much easier- the switch is right by your bed-never mind that it may wake up every single person in the room.
I had to wake up my husband in the opposite end of the room by whispering first, and then talking in full volume, which resulted in my son being woken up as well. With the help of the flash light (useful tool-don't forget to bring one), my husband located the wall switch for the alcove lights, so that everyone could examine their bedding for the presence of bugs once again. It was not a restful night.
Would we stay in Roseraie again ? -No.
With all said-it was not worth the money. There are 2 other hotels in ancient buildings in this town,, where you can stay at about half-price (Family rooms -56-64 euros).
Charming Roserai hotel in Chenonceaufrom A TripAdvisor Member
Spent a couple days here on our honeymoon in September '05. (Lagged on doing reviews)
Even if you stay at another hotel, get a reservation for dinner here! It is 5 star quality, the kind of stuff you see on the travel channel!
As for the hotel, it is absolutely charming, specially the breakfast/dinner room. Complete with fireplace, cast iron stove, antique knick-knacks... we really felt at home and warm. Kind of like a "Hobbit meets Winnie the Pooh" atmoshpere.
I had a "Blue Room", with a garden view, nice and spacious, modern heater, big bathroom.
My only let down was the lack of a shower curtain. For some reason, us Americans just cannot seem to shower in those European tubs without a curtain and NOT get water on the floor.
A small price to pay.
Oh, and it is very close to the chenonceau chateau. Walking distance if you're up for a few extra blocks.
I talked at length with Laurent, the owner, a delightful man, fluent English, and very helpful. He helped us discover the best dessert white wine we've ever had, the local "Vouvray".
Dan & Winnie
Delightful!from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Chenonceaux
An Oasis The town of Chenonceaux is delightful, small, walkable. One can easily walk to the top Loire attraction: the Chateau. Staying in Chenonceaux is like being in an oasis in the midst of incredibly fascinating and travel-tempting-and potentially-tiring France. Being there was a REAL vacation and rest amid spectacularly rich beauty. Stay several days!
low cost for a beautiful stay Very friendly staff
Chateau Chenonceau Chateau Chenonceau, a few blocks away, is the best of the Loire Valley Chateaux, with an entrancing setting, wonderful gardens, and lots of history as well, including WWII. Even though it was rainy the day we were there, my wife and I enjoyed it immensely.
Other names for La Roseraie Hotel
- la roseraie hotel
- la roseraie chenonceaux
- la roseraie
- Address: 7, rue Docteur Bretonneau - Chenonceaux - 37150 - France
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