This is a 'grand' hotel in the old style with many period features yet modernised throughout.
Our room was marginally smaller than expected but well decorated, very clean & with all the expected amenities, mini refrigerator, TV (with access to some UK channels), hair drier, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, safety deposit box, free WiFi etc. The en-suite was spotless & quite spacious.
The restaurant is very olde worlde. It's a long room with tables spread according to the expected numbers, boasting chandeliers along its length & some small more intimate/romantic booths.
The first floor bar is well appointed with a lovely terrace.
Staff were multi lingual, efficient, friendly & always very helpful.
The positioning of the hotel is worthy of note. We drove to it & approached from what is probably regarded as the rear. It has its own car park set in a comfortable well lit 'garden' area & it is this area that the bar terrace overlooks. It is quite peaceful & on an evening we could hear various choirs singing in the distance from churches or processions. It was quite moving in itself & you could be forgiven for thinking this extremely tranquil & relaxing setting was on the edge of some pastoral haven.
Yet if you left through the front of the hotel you were immediately into the busy hubbub of central Lourdes, about 5 minutes walk from the main Basilica.
Given the standard of the hotel I was pleasantly surprised to find they offered a reasonably priced 'menu du jour' - as it happens we didn't go for it, preferring to pay a little more & opt for the a la carte & were rewarded with a superb meal, well presented, well cooked & extremely delicious.
Overall we were extremely impressed with everything about this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Gallia & Londres is a prestigious hotel steeped in history that advocates the art of gracious living in France. Nestling in a century-old park within very close proximity of the Shrines, it is fully air-conditioned, boasts refined interior decorating and offers top rate comfort and services. Most rooms overlook the Shrines. The hotel's gastronomic restaurant has private cubicles.A private car park is at your disposal. Free wifi access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gallia Londres Hotel
- Gallia Londres Lourdes