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Le Château des Magnans

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We found the accommodation very good for the price as we booked in for two nights stay , the apartment/room had a fitted kitchenette which was perfect for making tea|coffee and storing food in fridge, the room was cosy & warm & they supplied a travel cot for our son, the views from the mountains were spectacular, we had a continental breakfast which was standard, we had dinner in the castle on the Saturday night, the food was delicious it was cooked to perfection& the waiter was very nice warm & welcoming, spoke perfect English

Firstly, the reception was closed when we arrived at 6 pm. Not a nice thing when you have been on the bike for 10 h and the only thing you are dreaming about is cold beer and hot shower. Secondly, when we finally got the keys we were disappointed again as we expected to stay in the castle (that´s why we booked it!). We got dark, depressing studios with no view in the concrete ugly buildings instead. No elevators - you have to carry all the luggage yourself on the stairs. Bed was very uncomfortable, squeezed between a wall and a wardrobe and not smelling fresh. The lock in our room was damaged so we couldn´t lock the room. The room and the bathroom were not cleaned properly. Thirdly, over the phone we were assured we´d have dinner reservation in the hotel restaurant. Well, the "restaurant" is an open terrace covered with a worn-out plastic roof, with a few small plastic round tables. I can´t imagine how 10 people were supposed to sit there together. It was raining and the temperature was around 12 degrees. Not a chance to enjoy dinner. AND they said they don´t even have any reservation. We went to Barcelonnette (10 km away) for dinner but because we didn´t have a reservation we had to wait until 9:30 pm to get the table. The hotel has a restaurant room with normal tables that is used for breakfast but when we asked if we could eat there they said it´s a different owner and it´s closed in the evenings - extremely weird. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool that you can smell from 2 floors above, it didn´d feel inviting. And lastly, there is something called The Shiva Club on the ground floor of the castle. We actually thought that would be our restaurant but it wasn´t. There were only men guests coming out of it, very drunk and very loud, and that definitely didn´t help us to have a good night sleep! All in all - a big mistake. Have I know I would have booked something nice in Barcelonnette which is a very romantic town and I´m sure I would find something decent there.

We were looking forward to our one night stay at Chateau Magnans - we had booked based on Tripadvisor reviews - and were seldom disappointed. Chateau Magnans was - unfortunately - different: Good: - Easy parking - Friendly reception - Rooms are large Not so good: - Furniture old, worn out and - partly - defect (sofabed in our case) - Narrow bed and only one set of linen - No view - Remote location (we knew that before, but expected compensating qualities) - Public areas (at least in the old castle, where our room was located) are dark and run down Rates far too high for area, location and accomodation. Next time we would book in - nearby - Barcelonette (nice small town with restaurants and shops).

Nice location for our three day family break, short drive from rafting, horseback riding, climbing park. Mountain location means few bugs and good cool down in the evening. We had a two bedroom Appt. They make bedrooms small so living and terrace are huge - very pleasant. Simple interior makes it kid friendly. We took the 9 euro breakfast twice (kids don't pay). Usual French bread and croissants, but also fruit, muesli, cold cuts. Some tables outside as well. Pool smells strongly of chlorine, but we enjoyed it all, also sauna, hamam. We'll definitely return and might try to get a room in the fairytale whipped cream castle.

We had a great stay there last night. Very quiet, stunning views and excellent food in the restaurant. Service was friendly and we,ll be back. I don't normally write reviews for trip advisor but felt coelenterates to as it was an exceptional place.

Very pleasantly surprised by this place. Good service from staff. Nice dining room with free computer use. Good value breakfast. Free parking. Big rooms with sofas and cooking facilities. Great view from balcony of mountains and Ubaye valley. Location on a hillside not in the centre of Jausiers but not far. Not a huge amount going on in Jausiers. Some superb walks nearby. Pool OK and sundeck also nice. Barcelonnette an easy drive. However - no wifi in rooms, only in dining area and on patio. Sofa covers were a bit stained but the apartment was otherwise clean. Jacuzzi out of use. Would definitely return again. Recommended.

Spent 3 nights here as a family traveling through to Italy in March. I can understand the mixed nature of the reviews. First the good bits: The local area is great, with the pretty town of Bercelonette a few kilometers away. You'll probably need to go there to eat & use the local Supermarket, as there is no restaurant at the hotel, just the coffee bar/internet area. Rooms are excellent, even if the bedrooms are so small that you can't go round the beds. The kitchen is well equipped, the lounge area nice, and the terrace a welcome bonus. The staff at the hotel were all very helpful and attentive 5*! Thepool was open (a plus as not all hotels have their pools working early in the year) but as other hav saidno Hammam, & water a bit cold. The hotel was let down by 2 things: cleanliness of the room (there was a horrible smell in the apartment on arrival, & the oven had not been cleaned for ages) & the beds. The beds are like stone. We had to ask for an extra duvet t use as a mattress in order to sleep. These small details let down what could otherwise be an excellent exprience.

When reading reviews of this hotel, I'm struck by the range....some found it excellent, others found it wanting. I think that peoples' level of satisfaction depends on their expectations before arriving and their sense of whether they got value for their money. In our case, expectations, especially in terms of service and management, were surpassed; and we feel that we got very good value. When we first arrived, there was a slight problem in that, although we paid in advance, the hotel had it on record that we booked, needed a security number which had not been furnished to us or the hotel. The manager/director said to us, "No problem, we have your room and will get this resolved during your week-long stay," (which we did.) Also, although they were fully-booked, the manager changed our room to be more convenient for me (with a slight disability) nearer to the elevator and nearer to the swimming pool facility. He was very kind and generous, and demonstrated a real desire to make sure we were comfortable and happy with our accommodations. Although the hotel is attached and includes a beautiful chateau, we were accommodated in one of the 66 apartments (some for 2-3 people, others for up to 6 people. Our apartment was super-clean, well-appointed with kitchenette and balcony overlooking the alpine views, and relatively roomy. We were very comfortable in it, as it lacked nothing. This property had many families with children staying during the time we were here, but their management's policies regarding the use of facilities (swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath) certainly kept noise and activity to a minimum. For example, opening hour was at 9:30 a.m.and closing was at 9:00 p.m. As far as I could tell, all of the clients were very happy here. The management was always accessible, professional, and accommodating, as good innkeepers should be, especially the manager, Bruno. My only criticism is that the swimming pool area, though everything functioned well, is in need of refurbishing, which I understand is planned for later this year. This is not "luxury accommodations," but it is very comfortable, exceedingly clean, well-appointed, containing everything one would need for a fine stay in a beautiful part of the French Alps. Although there is a restaurant in the Chateau, we never ate there, so I cannot comment on the quality of the food. The Chateau is located within 2 kms. of the town of Jausiers, 7 kms. to the larger town of Barcelonette, where there are many restaurants and lively markets. The area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide variety of activities, as well as just a great place to relax, curl-up, and enjoy good books and mountain air. And the bonus is the welcoming, efficient and effective, professional management, which, in our experience, will do everything necessary to provide a wonderful holiday experience. In short, excellent value.

We stayed here on our trip through the Alps in September 09 which was a great time to be exploring The Alps. We booked 3 nights for 180 euro including breakfast which was excellent value. Our 'room' was in the castle on the 2nd floor in a large 2 bedroom apartment with kitchenette and a massive outdoor balcony with views across the mountains. It was fabulous! Jausiers is a lovely little town to explore and Barcelonette is nearby and even more quaint. We took advantage of the kitchenette to cook local produce and eat in the apartment but did go to the restaurant once. The restaurant wasn't that great to be actually and quite overpriced for the basic food and very expensive wine on offer. We found breakfast was great and well stocked with all the basics - croissants, juice, coffee, rolls and they had great fruit esp the peaches! The staff were lovely especially the owner who helped us with anything we needed - she was just great. The restaurant staff were funny too and liked a chat even though we speak little french and they spoke little english. It was a great place to stay.

Just back from a week's driving holiday and this was the only one of seven hotels which we didn't pick with the help of tripadvisor; so we were a little apprehensive. However, it had good reviews via and was in the area we wanted, so went with it. I'm so glad we did. From the moment we were met by the host, who spoke excellent English, we had a fabulous time. My girlfriend wanted to check her e-mails, and they kindly allowed her to use their office computer. We had read that although the castle was attached to the hotel, the rooms were in a modern, faceless block. However, there are a few rooms in the castle and at this time of year (when they are less busy with winter sports) we were able to stay in one of them. Rooms are actually apartments, with a separate lounge and kitchenette. I wouldn't describe them as excellent, but they are clean and comfortable. Before dinner we had a swim in their pool, which was lovely, but cold. But we soon warmed up in their whirlpool. Sitting in the whirlpool looking at the snow covered mountain tops was lovely. The meal we had in their restaurant, which is within the ground floor of the castle, was very good. It's actually very modern, which was a little strange set within the castle, but could not be faulted. Special thanks to Alex (our waiter) who looked after us very well. Breakfast was also excellent (and included within the price we paid). The owner was unassuming, but politely checked with us that everything was ok, which it was. To tripadvisor readers this is a hidden gem, which although a little rough around the edges is thorougly recommended.

Room options


Full 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Apartment, 2 Bedrooms (Chateau)

Full 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 6

Standard Apartment, 3 Bedrooms (Chateau)

Twin 4 | Sleeps 8

Duplex, 2 Bedrooms

Full 2 | Sleeps 6

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66% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 222 reviews