Best Western Le Bois De La Marche3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Don't be put off by the unprepossessing exterior seen from the road! The grounds are large and well kept, our dog loved his walks! Inside, the building is well designed and very well maintained. The staff at the reception and in the restaurant were very welcoming and professional. The room was large enough even with our big dog. It was very clean and well appointed. The dinner surpassed our expectations with a large choice of refined dishes using the best ingredients and seasonal products. The prices, especially those of the wines, were reasonable. Shame we stayed only one night, next time we will stay longer!
We booked this hotel as a stop over on the way home from Spain so were looking for little more than a bed and a meal. The hotel was very easy to find. Our room was pleasant and the bathroom was fine. Some parts of the hotel could do with an upgrade and it did look as though work was being done. The weather was poor so we did not get out to walk around the grounds but on a pleasant evening I think that would be a treat. Bar prices were quite steep - but it was good to be able to have a drink before dinner. We went into the restaurant thinking we would have a light meal but changed our minds and decided to make an evening of it. It was the right decision. Excellent food and wine - everything was just perfect. Reception staff were helpful and friendly. We will definitely use this hotel again
We stayed here for one night en route to Portugal. We arrived in torrential rain which meant we did not see the hotel at it's best or be able to use the lovely outdoor pool. The staff here make the hotel. The receptionist speaks brilliant English and all staff were very polite. Parking is easy and a very tranquil setting in the forest. On a sunny day the grounds would have looked wonderful. Sadly the rooms are very tired. We had a triple room, really good size for three adults but the standard to be honest is not what we have come to expect from Best western. The rooms are shabby. They lack that extra attention to detail. Carpets are stained and tired in the room and corridors. The beds were comfy and lovely clean sheets. Bathroom was clean and fresh towels. The balcony railings were rusted and the balcony full of leaves etc. We spent a quiet night, totally undisturbed and the breakfast was excellent. This review sounds very mixed message. Yes it is great for an overnight stop but the building itself needs some attention to the upkeep.
Stayed here as a stop over whilst doing a long drive to the south of France from calais. Only needed a bed for the night and stayed in a family room which was plenty big enough with double, single and cot. No fridge in room, basic but clean. On first floor and could hear a party going on downstairs but didn't affect us. Would use again as a stop over as was easy and good value for money.
Tired is not the word to describe this place. Just don't know how it survives in the modern world of Trip Advisor, social media and AirBNB. Staff very friendly and accommodating but our part of the hotel had that boiled cabbage smell. The hallways were dark, had stained carpets, hallway doors that hung open, scratched skirting boards and a general feeling of past glories. The rooms although clean had evidence of multiple cabling upgrades and several decades worth of decor changes. Sitting on the toilet was a challenge as the recently added large green translucent multiple toilet roll dispenser was located exactly where my left shoulder would normally be positioned. The paper cups in the room for morning coffee just added to the feeling of ongoing cost cutting in the face of declining revenues. Must have been a great hotel once but next time, we will put that extra bit of effort to use the internet.
My wife and I stayed overnight recently. We arrived without a reservation, but having done some research online beforehand. What a lovely hotel!! We had a room on the fourth floor, with a view (unfortunately) of a local road - but a part of the view was also of the nearby woods. The road, to be fair, was about 60-80 metres away, so we suffered no noise problems. I believe there are rooms which look solely out onto the pool area and the woods surrounding the hotel: the grounds are enormous!! There are several recreation areas apart from the pool - a petanque / boules court; a tennis court; outdoor event area (it looked like it was intended for outdoor F&B, maybe BBQ?) and plenty of space to take a decent walk (you and your dogs) for 10-20 minutes. The room was very well furnished, the bed very comfortable, the bathroom fine (even though some previous reviewers do not like the separate WC), and the AC easy to adjust to our preference. Nothing negative at all to report.The wifi in the room was likewise very good (fast to connect, fast to refresh and open pages). We ate at the restaurant that same evening. There is a very good menu - full a la carte, or three choices of set menus. We chose the mddle-priced set menu and were delighted! Our starters (I had a mixture of tomato varieties with parmesan wafers and a splash of pesto, my wife had tuna carpaccio) were perfect. Our main courses (we both chose the chorizo stuffed chicken breast) were likewise excellent, and were accompnied by a near-perfect risotto. Finally, our desserts (we both chose lemon meringue tart) were truly excellent. Truly excellent. I have a passion for lemon meringue, and eat it wherever I go - I have to say that what we were given at Bois de la Marche was without doubt the absolutely best lemon meringue creation I have ever tasted - and by a long way!! The meringue was creamy and sweet: the lemon was beautifully tangy; the pastry superb. The lemon and meringue tartness and sweetness complimented each other perfectly. Absolute bloody heaven!! The wine selection was very good, and the wine chosen was excellent. There were two draft beers on offer, and I chose Grimbergen (an abbey beer) - good choice! The staff - at Reception and in the restaurant - were very friendly and helpful. I spoke in very poor French to them all and they replied only in French back to me, with a smile on their faces. When my wife addressed them in English (French not being one of her languagues) the response were always polite and in perfect English. Would I return? In a flash!! Yes!! Absolutely!! Would I reccomend? After the above, I have to. But I would much rather keep this lovely little gem of a place to myself, to be honest....!
Very good deal with a room form four of us ! Excellent swimming pool,weather was very hot when we went there and we really apreciated to cool in the water, until 21:00 ! All the staff is very kind and they managed to find another vacancy on our way back form Dordogne a few days later, incredible ! The breakfast is a great moment too !
We have stayed at this hotel many times. It has large grounds for walking the dogs. The rooms are big and comfortable with super king beds. Friendly staff and good food. All floors are served by lift. The pool area and outside terrace looked inviting even if we didn't use it, we arriving just before dinner and leaving early the following morning, It is the only hotel where we have felt we could let our dogs run free off lead the grounds are that extensive
Stayed here on a visit to Futuroscope as a cheaper alternative to on site hotels. It is a very nice hotel, large family room with a king sized bed and 2 singles. The pool is a good size and outdoors with heating. Had stayed here 18 years ago on a similar trip and was pleasantly surprised that it did not disappoint second time around. I would not eat in the restaurant again but there is not much more around. Did notice a shopping complex just across the main road and could maybe have found an alternative meal, particularly with children, like a buffalo grill.
Ours was an overnight stop-over on a Sunday. Greeting at reception was good and informative, the initial impression was that the public areas were very tired and in need of a refurb and decoration. Our room (217) was a similar condition, although the bathroom (no toilet) looked to have been recently re-tiled the shower curtain (dated) had mold around the bottom. The toilet was in a separate small room with no wash basin. They could do away with the bath, fit a shower cubicle and then a toilet would fit quite easily into the room - not a lot of thought needed. The restaurant did look well presented but offering food at Paris prices - being a Sunday most restaurants in Poitiers are closed so they have a captive audience, there is no bar or snack menu. The pool was an added bonus but there were insufficient sun-loungers for the number of people there (8 loungers max - 15 to 20 bodies). The grounds are extensive and its a lovely setting, the staff we encountered were good, polite and efficient - just needs a good make-over. Would we stay again if in the area........? Not sure.
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57% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 230 reviews