Saturday, May 20, 2006

Hotel Belle Etoile in La Roque-Gageac May 2006

Hotel Belle Etoile is going on my list of all time favorites. It is just across the road from the Dordogne river, up the road from Beynac, and within 10 kilometers of Sarlat and the exciting "marche" (open air market, so typical of European culture) held on Saturdays all year long. Cenac, a neighboring village across the river, has a scaled down marche on Sundays. This two star hotel rents rooms for 55 - 75 euro per night for doubles, and also provides a room and board offer (room, breakfast, and dinner for 75 euros per person, double occupancy). The 75 euro rooms have views that face the river. Two floors of them can be seen in this photo, to the right of the grape arbor that covers a terrace in front of the hotel's more formal dining room. The amenities were just as nice as those in many three star hotels I've stayed in, but there is no elevator. The 55-60 euro rooms had smaller baths and faced the back of the building.

The second of the two dining rooms is fitted with a sophisticated country decor and river views. The menu was divided into three price ranges, 24 euro for a three course meal with a broad range of courses, then another broad range of more elaborate courses that were priced at 29 euros for two courses and 39 euros for three courses. One does not come up short on the 24 euros menu, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Half board is also available for guests staying three days or more.
Hotel Belle Etoile 24250 La Roque-Gageac Tel 05 53 29 51 44, FAX 05 53 29 45 63Posted by Picasa

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