We stayed in this magnificently restored grand house on our journey down to Mallorca. We initially chose the hotel as they were willing to accommodate our two small dogs in the self catering accommodation off the courtyard. We were not disappointed. It was like going back in time. Our apartment was huge with a well equipped sitting room/small kitchen . The rooms had massive wooden beams throughout, also on the floor so be careful.All toasty warm in freezing December. We were late to arrive but staff waited up for us and were delightful and welcoming. We were also given some locally made chocolate which I have to say is about the most delicious chocolate I’ve ever tasted. Although we were just passing through, it was a wonderful stay made incredible by our cathedral visit and the wonderful magical (non-commercial) Christmas market. Do visit this charming historical accommodation and it’s charming staff. We will be back.
The entry gate dates from 1418 and the living quarters were rebuilt in the 18th century. Recently renovated, the decor is very authentic along with the present comforts of indoor plumbing, electric lights, wifi, and heating (we were there in November.) The continental breakfast was superb with freshly homemade cakes and jams prepared and served with pride in addition to the customary baguettes and croissants. The kitchen was open throughout the day should one want to re-visit the cakes, or opt for the healthier option of fresh fruit. November was cold and drizzly, but I enjoyed walking through medieval cobblestoned streets that were empty of tourists. It was even more dreamy when I was the only human being in the vast cathedral (the second largest in France after Paris' Notre Dame) and in the spectacular Jacques Coeur museum. It was delightful to return at the end of the day to my historic yet warm and cozy room at L'Hotel de Panette.
Step back in time as you enter through the ancient wooden gates and find yourself in a magical city centre environment, with a view from the courtyard of majestic Bourges cathedral towering above the chateau’s walls. This is a very, very special place. We were allocated a wonderful studio apartment in a beautiful courtyard building with a direct view of the cathedral. Everything was perfect - fabulous, comfortable bed with high quality linen, delightful little kitchen area, and a very large shower room with excellent towels. We didn’t want to leave! Add to that the fact that Bourges is a magnificent city, steeped in history, with stunning buildings and features everywhere, and cobbled footpaths and roads... we’ll be back for a longer stay next time.
I note mixed reports of this wonderful place and can understand that it wouldn’t suit everyone. Their reception hours are somewhat at odds with their published rates and the toiletries are nothing special. But that would be to miss the whole point of the place. My massive room was an utterly stunning period piece, mercifully warm on a freezing cold night and with an excellent modern bathroom. Breakfast is family style at one table generously laid with excellent breads and pastries. The charming staff offered all sorts of options for those wanting a full meal. I left having thoroughly enjoyed what seemed like a privileged stay in a very special family house, rather than an hotel. I should add that I had one of the “historic” rooms. I may not have felt quite so privileged if I had had the room that appears in a photograph on TripAdvisor, which looks to be as different to my room as a Travel Lodge is to the Ritz.
We called (do call them) to book our room kind of last minute and arrived late. What an amazing surprise ! Our room was gorgeous and large, for a very decent price, even more so if compared to a classic hotel. The place is very quiet and really beautiful. Highly recommended!