My husband and I stayed at this hotel during the Grand Prix weekend so we expected it to be chaotic due to the sheer number of visitors descending in such a small village. The hotel has obviously grown over the years by buying surrounding properties and incorporating them into the hotel.
We stayed in a house next door to the main hotel. The stairs are steep and the room was slightly outdated. A new bathroom had been fitted with a half sized bath and a shower fitting at waist height which made showering quite awkward (I found kneeling the best option) and there was no shower curtain. The toilet was electric (!) and filled the bowl with water before it sucked it out like an aeroplane loo so really noisy. Blanket instead of duvet but beautifully white crisp bed sheets and pillow cases. No tea and coffee facilities but there is a mini bar in the room.
It was really hot so we slept with the window open, and because it was right on the main road and a busy weekend, we never managed an undisturbed nights sleep in the 4 nights we stayed. People have to walk past the hotel to get to the campsite and were really loud, singing and shouting, even at 3.30am (I think drink may have been involved ) This wouldn't have been such a problem if it had been the usual wet, cool weather because the window would have been closed.
We sat in the garden every afternoon and always had to hunt down the lady owner to order drinks. Most of the younger staff used to ignore the bell at reception but I think that may have been because they don't speak English and I don't speak Dutch or French.
The buffet breakfast was good, with a large selection of breads, cheeses, fruits, pastries etc and the homemade jam was delicious. We struggled with an entree for the evening meal because it was sweetbreads, goose liver or lobster, none of which we eat. However, the steak was cooked superbly and the service was good.
It's approximately 1km to the track, all downhill but that only gets you to the main gate. We were in stand Gold 3 at eau rouge which was another 1km approx, most of it up/down hill over rough tracks, so be prepared. We walked approximately 8kms every day to/from and around the track and the walk back uphill can be quite a slog.
The hotel charges more for this weekend, (we paid £450 per night ) just because it can, and this is no different to every hotel, at every circuit.
The best thing about the hotel is the helipad in the garden. After the race we sat with our drinks and watched Niki Lauder, Eddie Jordan, Toto Wolfe, Nico Rosberg etc all being dropped off by limo to catch a helicopter home.
Would I stay here again? Probably.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Culinary hotel and restaurant. Family business Regular changes in 3 different style buildings Louis VI, Ardennes and modern Located at the entrance of the village of Francorchamps E42 Exit nr 10 At 800 m from the Francorchamps circuit A 7 km of Spa, Malmedy and Stavelot 10 minutes of Aqualis, (the Thermes de Spa) and the Golf. Francorchamps is a village surrounded by woods and walks Nearby Hautes Fagnes ... more less
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