Grand Hotel La Cloche – as is our habit, we gals usually take a short side trip away from Paris to experience more of French culture. It’s a speedy one hour and 20 minutes from Paris’ Gare de Lyon to Cresuot Montceau Montchanin TGV station in Dijon. Taking the train is the most convenient and scenic route. Although the short walk from the train station to Grand Hotel La Cloche was a bit cumbersome trailing our rolling luggage behind us, we managed to arrive at the hotel with little hassle. The tram system from the TGV station to the city center is a huge help for those who prefer to ride.
Conveniently located within short walking distances to tourist attractions, museums, restaurants and great shopping, this hotel is terrific in most categories and is an excellent value. I rate this Accor hotel an “B-” and here’s why:
The front desk folks were welcoming and knowledgable which set the tone for our stay. The lounge area looks out onto green space and gardens. I can imagine how beautiful this space is in springtime with the flowers in full bloom. Adjacent to the lobby there is a cozy fully stocked bar with comfortable seating perfect for a terrific late night aperitif.
Light and Bright Restaurant
Next to the bar and lobby area is a fabulous restaurant aptly named Les Jardins de la Cloche. Under a glass roof, this place reminds me of Tavern on the Green in New York City. Although much smaller, it has the same ambiance of being outside when you are inside. The restaurant has been renovated since my last visit and is now decorated in darker hues and contemporary furniture. Below this area of the hotel there are function rooms called the Caves. These spaces resemble wine caves found nearby and are perfect for tasting some local Burgundy in both large and small groups.
Our room was quite spacious, with modern amenities such as free Wifi, a lighted makeup mirror in the bathroom, individual reading lights by the bed and a stocked minibar. In addition, there is an efficient work space and a sitting area for having a proper cup of tea. We had a great balcony overlooking the park across the street. Despite the road below, the double pane windows French doors keep the guest rooms quiet for sleeping. The lavender-scented bed linens are ultra luxurious and soft. It is the kind of bed that when you drape yourself inside the duvet you keep wishing that you could transport the whole ensemble back home.
Do I sound ecstatic about this room? I am, save the bathroom. It was a complete buzz-killer, but I’m confident an update has been done since posting this review. The L’Occitane goodies on the vanity could not hide the seriously outdated counter tops, under the sink holes by the pipes or the mold showing on the shower ceiling. In addition, the bathroom was down right chilly. There was a small heating unit next to the commode, but it was not working.
Booking online allows flexibility to keep an eye on the special deals. Not intimidated by the 5-star rating, I keep checking back until a reasonable rate appears. I found one that included an amazing full breakfast buffet. Our room rate was reasonable considering we split the bill.
There are plenty of other hotels in the area to choose from, but if you are going to splurge, then I’d definitely check it out. The Accor brand has definitely stepped up their game.
14 place Darcy
All photos property of Weekend In Paris. Must obtain permission before use.