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Report 1947: The Dordogne
By Winnick from Texas, Spring 2011
Page 19 of 19: Overview & Hotels/Apartment
There is so much to see and do in the Dordogne. We spent 20 days in the area and could have easily spent another week (or forever) here! We were captivated with all this area offered from the beautiful towns and villages to the fascinating prehistoric caves, the weekly markets, gorgeous castles and scenic rivers. We were fascinated with the history and architecture of the area.
We spent three weeks in Provence last spring and loved the area but must admit we preferred this region for the variety of things to do and the spectacular scenery and history. Maybe itís just that this is our most recent trip and those fond memories are so fresh in our minds. I really donít think you can go wrong with any region of France but this area we will definitely return to soon.
We liked all of the hotels we stayed at and loved the apartment we rented in Sarlat. We would recommend them all. We always like to stay in the center of town so we can easily walk to restaurants and sites. The only exception for us this visit was in Rocamadour where we stayed at a beautiful country estate just 10 minutes from town.
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Toulouse - Albert 1This hotel was conveniently located to everything in the city center. Room was basic but clean and comfortable. Get a bath with tub. Our first night here was in a room with shower only and the shower door leaked at the bottom so water flooded the floor. On the night before we left the area, we also stayed here and had a nicer room with shower/tub combo. Good breakfast offerings.
Albi - Hotel Les PasteliersThis hotel was also conveniently located to everything. It was a little quirky but we liked it. The room was again basic, but clean and comfortable.
St. Cirq Lapopie - Auberge du SombralI believe this is the only hotel in town. It was a lovely converted home and was very nice but no air-conditioning. We could have used it that night. The room and bath were spacious and lovely with beautiful views out the windows. It had a charming dining area but the breakfast was a basic continental.
Figeac: Best Western Hotel Le Pont díOrWe had a river view and it was a nice room with large bath. The front desk personnel were wonderful and we had a great dinner at this hotel.
Rocamadour: Domaine de La RhueThis hotel is a converted stable on the property of the owners Christine and Eric, who were wonderful hosts. We had a large room with large bath and beautiful views of the property.
Sarlat: Apartment Josephine, In-Sarlat AgencyWe loved staying in Sarlat and would recommend staying at this property. The only downside is that it has no air-conditioning. Although the apartment stayed relatively cool, we had a few 100 degree days and could have used a fan. The apartment is large, clean, beautifully decorated and in a quiet courtyard (Cour des Fontaines) near the TI office. Both Phillipe and Beatrice were a pleasure to deal with. As with some apartment rentals, it does not come with basic starter items. We had only one roll of toilette paper, no soap, coffee or tea, no paper products or salt/pepper, etc. We would not hesitate to rent this apartment again. There is satellite TV but you can only get a few French stations. No CNN or BBC. We really didnít mind as most days we were too busy to think about watching TV. The apartment has a washer/dryer combo which we had to figure out how to use by reading the manual.
Paris (CDG Airport): Novotel Convention & WellnessThis is a better than average airport hotel. It is also convenient to the town of Roissy if you want to walk around this pleasant town. We have stayed here several times before leaving for an early morning flight out of Paris. The biggest complaint I have about these airport hotels is the airport shuttle service. We had to wait over 45 minutes at the airport for the shuttle and then upon leaving the hotel for the airport, the shuttle was very full and it makes a lot of stops. They need more shuttles. Iím not sure if the other hotel shuttles are quicker.
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