Not a Relais & Chateau experience
Posted Jun 25, 2015 on Hotels
The hotel does not live up to the price and expectations generated by their Relais & Chateau affiliation. First problem: we visited during the summer and the rooms, which have a lot of sun hitting them for a good part of the day, have no air conditioning whatsoever. Keeping the windows open might solve some (not all) of the heat problem, but then outside noise and light make it imposible to sleep. Worst of all, we chose this hotel specifically so we could have dinner with drinks at their restaurant Alegre (which is supposed to be a great experience) and not drive anywhere afterwards. We made reservations for the restaurant two months in advance. We confirmed them on the week of the trip. We reconfirmed them upon check-in, around noon. When it finally came the time for our dinner, at 9 pm, and we asked if we could go downstairs to the restaurant, we were informed that the restaurant was not open that night!!! And we were thus stranded on a buzy summer Saturday night at a tourist town to find a place to eat without any reservation. This was not at all the service we expected, and none of the several complaints we made to Relais & Chateau and the hotel management after we left were properly addressed. An invitation to go back and pay those horribly expensive prices to give them "another chance" does not configure a solution.