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La Bastide de Capelongue is rated
4.25 out of
Rated 4 out of
Lovely location. Fabulous food.My husband and I had a lovely time there. The food is outstanding! Â The staff is exceptionally nice and helpful. I only wish the lavender had been in bloom. Next time!
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated 5 out of
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated 3 out of
Not as great as expectedThis place was a let down for us. Â We are a married couple, both 35 years-old with a lot of travel experience. Â We spent 2 weeks in Provence, staying in St. Paul de Vence and Beaumes de Venise before arriving here. Â We booked a 5 night stay in a deluxe room with 5 dinners or lunches, a bottle of wine and fruit in our room on arrival, and taxes through Luxury Link.
1: Location: Â It is located in a great spot just a 5-10 minute walk to Bonnieux, which turned out to be one of our favorite villages in the Luberon and central to other areas of the Luberon. Â
2: The exterior site is beautiful. Â
3: Â Dark room at night with excellent shutters and electronic shutter door for the windows.
4: Â Nice toiletry items from Marseille, although they were never replinished.
5: Excellent, although pricey, wine list.
6: Servers, although not the warmest group, were relatively nice and efficient while in the restaurant. Â
1: Room is very hotel-esque. Â Cheaper furnishings, formulaic. Â Not very charming. Â
2: Â Room was noisy. Â We had a lovely view of the employee side-entry and could hear the employees entering and exiting every morning before we arose.....and smelled their cigarettes if our windows were open. Â We stayed in Grinogaire (spelling) room. Â It is situated directly above a small employee work truck garage too. Â
3: BATHROOM IS HORRIBLE: Â the bathtub is quite narrow with no shower head. Â I am a small 35 year-old person and could thus contort to wash my hair, but if you have any mobility issues or are above average weight, this will not be a comfortable bathing experience. Â There is a shower head on the corner of the tub that does not pull out. Â Pictures make it look like the shower head is extendable. Â It is stationary - not helpful.
4: Cleanliness: Â I don't think they cleaned the toilet very well. Â There was a strong smell of urine around the toilet every day.
5: FOOD: Â I am a big foodie. Â I was looking forward to the food at Capelongue more than any other aspect of our stay, and I enjoyed a lot of both Michelin restaurants and rustic restaurants during our 2 week trip to Provence. Â The food here is soul-less. Â A few items were decent. Â We had two dinners there. Â A lot of the food was not flavor forward and rather dull. Â The lamb chops were good. Â A cedar souffle was awful. Â They pile on lots of amuse bouches and sweet treats, but they are not very exciting, and there is a lot of great food to eat in Provence. Â I hated that I wasted my limited time to eat with this place. Â Expect to spend around 100 euros minimum for appertifs and a bottle of wine with every meal you use from your Luxury Link package. Â Â
6: FOOD ALLERGY: Â I am allergic to walnuts. Â I let them know this, but sweets still arrived on the table with walnuts, and later a couple times in our room. Â This is a small hotel with a lot of staff. Â Maybe they can't spread the word to the staff who do turn down service, but in a 2 star Michelin, I expect better.
7: Pool service for cocktails is spotty: Â One day, we were met immediately after arriving for our cocktail order, and drinks arrived promptly with a few sweets, too. Â Another day, it took over an hour before someone came around to check on anyone around the pool, and when drinks arrived, there were no sweets or snacks.
8. Front desk: Â The staff were nice. Â It's just the lack of service. Â When we checked in, I inquired about a spa because I wanted a massage. Â There is not a spa. Â That's not a problem for us. Â They mentioned they could recommend services. Â I then mentioned we were interested in taking a cooking class and wanted recommendations. Â The receptionist told us we could inquire about that at reception. Â I was confused - were we not at reception? Â There is not a separate desk for a concierge. Â They could also make restaurant recommendations for other places in the area - we could discuss that at reception as well. Â It was lost on us. Â We did fine on our own.
OVERALL, we have stayed in similar lodgings with similar price points and level of amenities, and this place just missed the mark for a spectacular stay. Â
About an hour from Marseille in France's Luberon region, La Bastide de Capelongue is an intimate countryside hotel. On grounds adorned with a tranquil fountain, lush gardens and a spectacular pool, it enjoys a romantic hillside setting that looks down onto the 16th and 17th-century stone houses of Bonnieux-en-Provence. Highlighting your stay in a bright, stylish guest room is the culinary genius of Edouard Loubet, the youngest chef in France with two Michelin stars.
Follow your cultural inclinations starting in the village's numerous art galleries. Travel to nearby Avignon and tour the famed Pope's palace or visit the Roman ruins at Arles. Plan a morning of mountain climbing in the neighboring 247,000-acre park or golf on an 18-hole course only minutes away. Throughout this splendid Southern Rhone region, discover an abundance of wineries, the delicacies of the many Provençal villages, and French country treasures at the acclaimed antiques market.