The hotel has all you need for a short stay. Spotless rooms and public areas. The location in the upper reaches of the Allier in a quiet village is perfect for walking and general relaxation. It is quite remote, about 30 kms from the nearest main town, Le Puy en Velay. It is run by a charming family who clearly know their trade.
We stopped here for one night en route back through France after holidaying in Provence. How I wish our stay had been longer. The place is picture postcard perfect. We had a room on the front with a balcony and when we arrived we were able to sit in the later afternoon sunshine and soak in the magnificent view. Our room was very well appointed and spacious. The meal in the evening was truly excellent. Some delicious amuse bouche before the starter. The stand out dishes were a cucumber soup. I've never tasted a cucumber soup with so much flavour. It was essence of cucumber. And the mashed potato with dried ceps. We asked for seconds it was so delicious. Would go here again and would want to stay longer. Joy from start to finish.
Haut Allier is like nowhere else. Remote and in a peaceful area, but with a superb restaurant and comfortable rooms. Since the first time we visited (20 years ago) it has become rather too sophisticated for our taste but the area remains wonderful and unspoilt and we did enjoy the dinner. The staff are efficient but can be rather too businesslike.
I read a very positive review of this hotel/restaurant many years ago in Le Figaro and made a mental note to give it a try. But it's not the sort of place you turn up in on the way to somewhere else; it is itself a destination and one worth making the effort to go to. It's deep in the valley of a beautiful river, close to the little railway that runs through stunning gorges and wonderful, peaceful countryside. The hotel though is the star of the trip and everything Le Figaro promised. It's run by a family who has owned it for generations and who clearly love everything about it. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and well-equipped. But the restaurant is really exceptional; it has one Michelin star though the cuisine of the chef/patron is even better than that. From the many tiny amuses, before and between courses, to the dishes themselves, you experience such delightful tastes and textures. This is cooking at its best; light, fresh and full of colour and flavour. The service is the perfect complement, attentive and timely. It seems a rare thing, even in France, to find such a delightful place.…
Having stayed here before and felt that it could not be bettered,but once again a two night stay our dreams were fulfilled ,with reception ,perfect,the room perfect and for dinner what can one say but perfect