This place rocks
Over the river and through the woods, then a few paved roads and we were off to the unusual but cool Les Hautes Roches Hotel. Cut into the side of the limestone cliffs along the Loire River, the troglodyte caves have been turned into an interesting modern hotel.
Husband and wife team, Didier (the chef) and Christine (hotel manager) turned their vision of guest room décor becoming one with the design, has been realized. Cave-like bathrooms and bedroom walls with natural stones create a natural ambiance. Juxtaposed with that are rich fabrics that warm up the feel of the rooms. Large windows add loads of natural light to the rooms and high ceilings make the scale of the enormous rooms seem even bigger.
All the rooms have views of the Loire as does the dining room in the manor house. Interesting dishes, colorfully plated add a bit of whimsy to the serious cuisine. Wines from the region accompany the courses nicely. It is only fitting to order Vouvray since bottles were once stored in the caves that are now the guest rooms.
Our Route de Bonheur was paved with excellent food, wine, hospitality and gorgeous landscapes. Thank you to the folks at Relais & Chateaux who knew how to plan the perfect escape for our three outstanding days in the Loire Valley.
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I was a guest of each property, but in no way would I recommend them unless I personally enjoyed them. Honest to a fault, the opinions are my own.