60 Place Déesse Hygie,Uriage-les-Bains, Uriage-les-Bains, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
"We booked for two nights but stayed one more because we couldn't bear leaving - I wish we could have stayed longer! The staff were smiley, helpful and friendly. All the products in the bathrooms are from the deluxe 'Uriage' range. The hotel is calm, airy, luminous, set in a park next to a little village where you can find a butcher's, cheesemaker, two patisseries, snack bars/restaurants and a few cafés. There's a fabulous two-star Michelin restaurant next door, 'Maison Aribert' for 'gourmands' or there's the accompanying 'café' - 'Café A' - offering delicious food at affordable prices. We didn't eat at the hotel so I can't comment on the food, but the breakfast looked wonderful - we tend to have light breakfasts so went out. There are plenty of woodlands, mountains and fields to walk/trek through as well as the castle on top of the hill. Grenoble is nearby as is the only French Revolution museum in France (in Vizille) set in a castle and park. Lots to do for travellers who want to visit the area but if not, the hotel has two pools, a sauna and sunbathing area (the steam room - hamman was closed due to Covid-19 restrictions). Even though the hotel was full, we felt private and unaware of people around us. We took one of the attic rooms 'Mansard'. You should state you want a 'park' view as the other side, though fine, is not as spectacular. Warning: as I said, you do travel back in time so most shops and restaurants are closed Mondays, many on Tuesdays as well (inc the hotel's restaurant) and some on Sundays, so you need to be a little organised when planning meals."
"We spent three nights in a standing room (park & terrace), named after Stendhal and located at the very end of the second floor’s corridor. This room offered access to a nice, large and private terrace overlooking the street and the park. We had breakfast at the hotel, and one dinner there as well. Although very good on average, our stay left us with mixed feelings. Some staff members were beaming and outstanding, others were unsmiling and looked bored. Our room was spotless most of the time (changing slippers and bathrobes every two days is great) but our accommodation was not so well serviced on other instances. One morning, a maid knocked at our door to make up our room at a time when we had already been serviced and the “do not disturb sign” was hung outside : how is that possible?! The hotel’s private parking lot is not large enough to accommodate all guests’ cars, something which is not advertised and which puts you at risk of wasting a lot of time if you return late to the hotel and find no space for your car in the streets (beware of Friday and Sunday evenings). A (false) fire alarm was triggered off one afternoon and, after having evacuated our room through the stairs, we ended up with no information or instructions given by staff on duty. The property is historical but our room looked more like a 1980s hotel accommodation, especially the bathroom which used to be modern a couple of decades ago. We would rather have either a fully renovated room in a modern style, or a fully vintage room, not this strange in-between option. To sum up, this could be a great place but it proved quite inconsistent during our stay especially as regards service."
"We chose this hotel because it was dog-friendly, offered first class dining with overnight possibilities, an adjacent park (to walk our two dogs) and a spa with a pool. We were not disappointed - except the pool is more for exercise and therapy than swimming (however, not obvious from the information on the hotel's website). The restaurant and adjacent bistrot have been recently modernised and decorated. By contrast, the hotel is old fashioned and in need of modernistaion/renovation (also the bedroom facilities). A further minus point is the closeness of the next door casino. Those wishing a quiet night's sleep should ask for a room on the park side of the hotel. A further minus was the breakfast buffet both as regards ambiance (especially the buffet entrance area) and the modesty of the items on the breakfast buffet - with only do-it-yourself boiled eggs and pancakes as hot dish alternatives. We also noted that used dishes were not immediately cleared from the breakfast tables which did not improve the general dining ambiance. On the plus side, we and our dogs were made most welcome by the universally friendly, helpful, smiling and efficient staff. Viator e cani Coloniae"