Good Hotel Guide Review
In this spa town north of Pau, Michel and Christine Guérard”s “exquisite, tiny village” stands in a park full of flowers and statues. They run it with their daughters and son-in-law, and it includes a spa treating obesity and rheumatism, a gym, shops, an inn, an auberge, and M. Guérard”s famous hotel/restaurant (Relais & Châteaux). Curistes eat his cuisine minceur, but other visitors feast on the much-admired cuisine gourmande (three Michelin stars, for 39 years). The restaurant, in four rooms, has cane chairs, chandeliers, pale colours, oil paintings. Bedrooms have lots of white wood, “admirable bathroom; three perfect red roses in vases — more came on the breakfast trays, loaded with delicious things”. The suites are in an 18th-century nunnery, the Couvent des Herbes. Drinks are taken on a patio with illuminated fountains and statues. In the auberge, La Ferme aux Grives, the restaurant is like a medieval banqueting hall, roasts turning on spits. The “cordial” Guérards are often around.
00 33 5580 5060 7
Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, 3 restaurants, spa & wellness centre, swimming pool, valet parking, cookery school, tennis courts.
Yes, cots and extra beds available.
Yes, on request.
No smoking in the hotel.
Amex, Visa, MC.
Standard double room from €250.