More about La Roseraie
We stayed at this wonderful hotel for a couple of nights on our way down to the Dordogne in July. We booked direct with the hotel some months before, and were given what we were assured (and I don't doubt it!) was the largest room in the hotel.
Large indeed, decorated in typical French country style, air conditioned and thoroughly pleasant. There has been some recent renovation and redecoration, so the standards remain high.
Service from the ever chirpy Laurent and his staff was excellent and friendly.
The highlight remains the marvellous food. We ate in the restaurant on both nights and the quality was simply stunning. Even if you can't stay here, at least drop in for a meal if you are in the area - it's well worth the effort.
Breakfast is also outstanding, simple and very French, but of very high quality, in the lovely little breakfast room separate to the dining room.
Not to be overlooked is the superb location, in the charming little village of Chenonceaux, literally only 2-3 minutes from the stunning chateaux. Don't miss the opportunity to visit it in the evening when the lights are on and the music is playing. We dropped in during the second of the World Cup Final, and almost had the place to our selves - so quiet we were fortunate enough to spend quite a while watching a wild otter in the moat!
You are also close to Amboise, Tour, Chambord and a host of other lovely places to visit.
This is beautiful place and a model of how hotels should be run - they ought to give lessons to the big chains!
Would stay there anytime, and it's worth every Euro of the very reasonable cost (around 120 per night for the room in our case)
Poor service - they won't even respond to my reservation requests!
I have e-mailed them and have used their internet form to try to make a reservation with them but not once did they have the courtesy of replying. I will be staying at Augerege Bon Laboureur instead as they were kind enough to respond to my reservation request.
We read the reviews about La Roseraie on this web-site, and were looking forward to something special.
We were very disappointed.
After parking the car the first words of welcome were "I hope you haven't taken two places!"
When we made the reservation we were told that we would have a room with a balcony. The reality was, no balcony.
The 'heated' pool was very cold (17 degrees C according to the hotel supplied thermometer). The disinfecting foot bath was empty.
The food was disappointing (frosty pate and very under-cooked, almost raw, lamb once I got through the outer shell). We have visited France for 17 years, and have lived in France for 3 years and understand French cooking standards, this meal was not at "the norm".
My husband asked if it was OK to smoke prior to dinner, as we were eating outside, and was told yes by a female member of staff (Mrs Laurant ?), 2 - 3 minutes later the man (Laurant?) who had 'welcomed' us, stated with great gusto that cigarillo smoking was not permitted. Such vigour has never in the the world been witnessed, so much so that the gracious lady suddenly forgot the permission to commit such a heinous act, that she almost fainted at the mere thought in front of my eyes.
My husband was so embarrased in front of all the other patrons, including some cigarette smokers that he could hardly eat or drink . Fortunately I have a healthy appetite, waste management kicked in !
There was no breakfast available before 8:00am, and the doors exiting the hotel are not unlocked until 8:00am. The breakfast was cereal , croissant, pain au chocolat, bread and jam. Surely, some ham and cheese would not be too much to ask for considering the price?
Did we explain to the Management (Mr L?) about what we had experienced? Yes.
The response: We have not had a complaint in 14 years, and many people eat with us every night of their stay, sometimes for 10 - 14 consecutive days.
Our room, although tiny, was comfortable. The bathroom was cat-swingable!
There are several hotels within a few metres of La Roseraie, I would not hesitate to stay and eat at one of those hotels rather than going near La Roseraie again.
In conclusion, this hotel is over-hyped and has a misplaced thought of grandeur.
We spent one evening of our honeymoon at La rosarie and in my opinion it was just OK.... the Pros - It was very close to the Château de Chenonceaux and the room was clean with a large bathroom. The cons - the noise from the other rooms around you. We were in room 12 so we could hear people travelling the 3rd floor stairs. Also there was a can of RAID in the room... not sure what that was all about but we didn't have to use it.
We didn't try the meal so no comments on that although the menu did look pricey.
Unless your heart is set on this place I'd try somewhere else. It was my least favorite accomodation on our 10 day honeymoon in France.
Two families loved La Roseraie
Our family with two daughters were travelling with another family, also with two daughters. We loved La Roseraie. We had a large suite, the other family had two rooms. Great large bathrooms, wonderful pool, decent beds, Laurent and Sophie were great and very entertaining hosts. We had a splurge dinner at their restaurant, and it was fabulous. This is not a businessman's hotel -- it is a charming country inn with eccentricities. But we slept and ate well, and we could stroll to the chateau for the daytime tours and the evening sound and light performance. This was a real highlight of our trip this summer.
Loved la Roseraie
We had a great time at the la Roseriae. The room was quaint and very clean. The food at the hotel was excellent. The best part of the stay was the warm and gracious service we received from the dynamic couple that own and run the hotel, Laurent and Sophie. They mingled well with guests, advising them on food courses, wine and other things. They were warm, friendly and funny. They were also very helpful on trip planning in the region. Net it was a great place to stay.
Unusually fine hosts
The hosts have obviously expended a tremendous effort to create a charming (yes, it's the only possible word) experience - gracious reception area, lovely restaurant and breakfast room, delightful upstairs terrace rooms (don't know about the regular rooms), outdoor tables and chairs (couldn't use them due to rain), and flowers *everywhere*. The young man who runs the place with his wife was helpful, funny, and careful to warn us that he'd get in trouble with her if he didn't warn us to be careful with the 3,000 EUR wallpaper, bed spreads, chair cushions, and draperies in our room! Needless to say, we removed the bed spreads before laying out our garment bags! Dinner was superb... but even more leisurely than most French meals. Breakfast was typical... except with the best hot chocolate in our 12 days in France. We stayed here to visit the famous chateau, which is literally around the corner and within walking distance of the hotel.
Not much. Parking is limited and restricted to a gravel lot slightly downhill from the hotel. Just drop your bags under the portico before parking. Also, the door lock to our room was Yet Another Funky French Masterpiece (lock from the outside to secure the room, hold the handle up to close the door, then push it down to secure the lock). However, it wouldn't be France without a bit of funk, right? Truly, we will remember La Roseraie with great fondness.
Charming Hotel and Hosts
La Roseraie was a charming hotel in a great location within walking distance of the Chateau. Sophie and Laurent were helpful and personable. We could only have dinner one night since we arrived on a Monday when the restaurant is closed. That was too bad since the dinner we had the second night was excellent and a good value. On Sophie's recommendation we tried the gizzard salad. It was unbelievably good. Our room was recently decorated and had much appreciated air conditioning that was so quiet we could hardly hear it.
La Roseraie: A Pleasure
The owners are knowledgeable and friendly.. The cuisine was very good, especially the emince de boeuf and the rabbit; the cheese plate had some fine local selections. The room was quite comfortable with a large bath. It is located very close to the chateau. For joggers there's a pretty path along the river to which the owner directed me. I don't know about how they do it in summer, but on a wet and foggy April morning they served the petit dejeuner next to a roaring fire.