My wife and I will be wandering by car through Champagne, Burgundy, and Provence next month. We have made hotel reservations in several towns along our route, but I was wondering if anyone knows anything about any of the choices we have made.
My wife wants French charm; I want a decent bed and bathroom. My Paris experiences so far tell me to expect that the rooms will be very small, they never look like the pictures on the websites, walls can be thin, bathrooms can be an afterthought, and the listed star levels are pretty much meaningless. I accept that. You do what research you can and hope for the best. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. But then, it's France, so as long as I have a bottle of wine and baguette, I won't complain too much.
Anyway if anyone has any experience with any of the following hotels, I am all ears.
Relais Saint Jean in Troyes. Hotel web site reservation is antiquated, basically just an email request. They want me to send them a CC# in an email, something I really don't want to do.
Au Grand St. Jean in Beaune (I should look up who St. Jean was, every town seems to have a hotel St. Jean)
Hotel Burrus in Vaison-la-Romaine, although they apparently have only a two spot parking lot which I am too late to reserve... An alternative might be the Bastide des Monges on the outskirts of Nyons.
Domaine De La Petite Isle in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The pictures look a lot like an American chain along the Interstate.
An alternative here could be Le Mas des Gres. More B&B-ish and a couple of km out of town, but I can deal with that.