We spent two nights at Auberge de la Providence and really loved this little hotel in the tiny mountain village of Saint-Donat. The room was clean and comfortable and brightly decorated. WiFi is adequate and the towels soft. It was very convenient to have the bar and restaurant on site. Our hosts were very nice and helpful with suggestions of nearby sites.
My wife and I arrived at the Auberge de la Providence in Saint Donat in Auvergne after a very long stressful trip driving from Lugano in Switzerland. We arrived much later than we expected, about 9pm. We were hungry but did not think that we would be able to eat that night. Eric, Caroline, Charlie and Truus made us very welcome and told us that we could have dinner as soon as we were ready. Little did I think that we would eat one of the best meals we had eaten in a long time (including some fancy places in Switzerland). The lentil soup was amazingly tasty. Our salad came straight from the garden. The beer I drank was from Belgium but even better than beers I had in Belgium a few weeks earlier. The Inn itself has 4 bedrooms, simple and very comfortable. Each bedroom has a name from mountain ranges in Nepal and Pakistan (our room was called Caucasus; others Himalaya, Karakorum, and Hindu Kush). The evening we arrived was rainy, misty and dark. We thought we had landed in a Wuthering Heights look alike. It had the same atmosphere of mystery. We want to go back.
We had 4 nights at this superb little auberge and cannot fault it. Caroline and Eric are very welcoming. The room was very comfortable, very nicely decorated with a little place to sit and have a read and a chat at the end of the day. The food was unbelievably good both for value and for quality. In particular I would recommend the truffade and the stone cooked meats. The auberge is very well placed for walking and sightseeing and the location is beautiful. We could see the Puy de Sauncy from the village and could not quite believe there was snow there in late May/early June but though the weather was cooler than we had anticipated, this did not spoil our enjoyment. This was our first time in the Auvergne but hopefully not the last. back.
me and my wife spent 4 nights in this extraordinary location. The area around the hotel is beautiful and very special. The service and the restaurant was very good. The owner was very kind and gave us tips for walking. Maybe we choose a unfortunate time because the temperature in the restaurant and in our room were unconfortable. All in all, we advise this hotel for people, who are looking for a silently and unique place.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Auberge de la Providence from 11th to 14th April 2012. The room was clean, comfortable and quiet. After our daily explorations, Eric and Caroline welcomed us “home” to the relaxing bar and cozy dining room. We enjoyed Eric’s cocktails, one specially created by him with the local Avèze, and he even had lime for a “proper” gin and tonic! A local chef had passed his secrets on to Caroline, and we relished her delicious Auvergnat cooking. The tiny village of St. Donat is picturesque and is a great base for exploring the beautiful countryside. We enjoyed meeting the amiable locals, both at the Auberge and at the little grocery store behind the church where we purchased and learned a lot about local specialties. We will definitely return and highly recommend l’Auberge de la Providence.