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The hotel welcomes you in Fere en Tardenois in Aisne, near the Champagne in Picardy. It is a charming hotel located in a remarkable historic site ideal for exceptional stays. The Hotel is the perfect venue for seminars and incentives, but also weddings and receptions. It offers a gourmet restaurant with their greenery, for a dinner, a romantic getaway, a weekend getaway, a romantic Champagne or a seminar, all within 100 km from Paris.
Check-out ends at: 11:00
Fans of the UK tv series “Four in a Bed,” Would we stay there again? No.
Reviewed 15 november, 2021
We arrived tired after a long, long drive through construction and dense fog. We could not see the château from the driveway fog. We had booked a room for 3 nights with our dog. Upon arrival, we provided our Covid certificates and found our room on second floor (3rd floor US) up two winding spiral staircases. The elevator wasn’t working supposedly. Language was a challenge since my French is little and the internet didn’t work in the lobby area. (The internet was weird in rooms too; couldn’t access social media accounts at all on hotel WiFi). I asked for a lower room which they did accommodate. We lugged our bags and dog up the stairs and down a narrow staired hallway to our new room on the first (US 2nd). It was a nice large room but dimly lit (romantic?). Had a lofted sleeping area too. The main bed was a king sized bed. It was comfortable but average mattress. There was an large en suite. Room included a hot pot, coffee maker (didn’t work), small fridge, and tv. Unfortunately the room also included a lot of dead and live flies 🪰 (sans Amityville). I quickly cleaned them up (brain dead, should have had pics). My husband also found some women’s underwear wrapped in the bed curtains 🥴. We changed and decided to try the restaurant downstairs. We seated around 19:30. The room was candle lit, had a roaring fireplace, and was nicely set. Walls had a Narian type theme. We ordered four course and a bottle of wine (55€/person + wine). Service was very good and attentive. There were a few tables seated but I’m not sure what fully booked looks like in the Covid era. For starters we ordered the food gras and smoked salmon starters. We were given bread, fish/olive butter, and a wonderful garden veggie foam soup ahead (amuse-bouche). We order a red wine (80€) but forgot name (excellent). The appetizers were good. For the mains, we ordered the beef (with “roast” potatoes and fish à la meunière (with steamed veggies). The beef was tasteless and unseasoned but the fish was good. Our desserts we could not eat but had them sent up to our room (pavlova and chocolate/Carmel tart). We finished with espresso. The staff/service was excellent though. The food was not Michelin quality. Food was average to good but not excellent except the veggie foam soup. We did not try the breakfasts (25€/person) and when walking past the restaurant, we never saw more than one or two tables used. They do have very good croissants though. On the second day, we went exploring. After the exploration didn’t reveal a nearby alternative for dinner, we decided to picnic in our room so picked some food up at the bakeries, wine shop, and grocery for our Friday night dinner. We visited some nearby spots and returned to the château for scheduled massages. After being gone 4-5 hours, our rooms hadn’t been cleaned up but that was remedied upon request. The massages were excellent but the spa area seemed lifeless and isolated. Blame Covid I guess. The poor was filled but it was too cold and well Covid. The massage lady was very good. The château staff was excellent but sometimes hard to find. The front desk was not always manned and sometimes the language barrier was an obstacle. I know that is on me too. After asking for espresso in the room and being given coffee pods (remember our machine didn’t work), I gave up and had a cup of tea in the room. 🤪🤣. The ruins and pathways are great. Our 🐕 liked the walks! It’s a beautiful setting if slightly remote from other restaurants. Overall the staff was friendly and attentive. The lobby area and grounds are beautiful. The hotel itself was feeling a little tired and lifeless. Wrinkled carpets, cracks, wonky stairs, tired furniture, wonky elevator, lack of adequate lighting, weird electricals (switch didn’t work to turn lights on). Of course you don’t expect pristine settings in a 16th century building but…. not currently 5 star. Fans of the UK tv series “Four in a Bed,” Would we stay there again? No.
Avoid at all cost
Reviewed 2 november, 2021
We chose this hotel for a romantic week end in particular for the spa. The surroundings are beautiful and the room was nice. We booked and went twice to the spa, none of the facilities worked (even though they had just told us it did). Restaurant is overpriced and service is shambolic to say the least. And there is no Restaurant in the next 30 km. Bar was unstaffed, no room service, some people didn‘t even have hot water in their rooms. Staff is generally rude. Obviously the manager was off when we left so they couldn‘t make any gesture for the fact that none of the facilities that are advertised and included in the pricing were available.
illegal debit of the credit card
Reviewed 2 november, 2021
Dear tourist thinking to stay in this hotel, I am obliged to inform you about the unacceptable situation and very unpleasant experience I had with Château de Fère Hôtel & Spa, a 5 star hotel that has stolen money from my credit card. After my stay in this hotel one night - 09/09/2021, that was fully paid in advance via Expedia, I have paid all extras at check-out in the morning 10/09 and it was confirmed to me that everything is in order and paid. However, nearly 2 months later - 21/10 the Hotel debited 214,68 EUR from the credit card without providing any reason nor justification. They ignore written requests per email and do not answer to my phone calls Therefore, I can strongly recommend to avoid this hotel during your trip.
Worst 5 star hotel ever
Reviewed 30 october, 2021
Despite the polite, apologetic, courteous staffs best effort this hotel is terrible! Do NOT stay here. We booked three nights, dinner, suite and breakfast at over €500 per night. On arrival we found the restaurant closed, due to staff issues and lack of demand. We couldn’t have the suite we had booked, as we were the only people staying in the hotel (including staff), therefore we were given a room with its own access and advised we would be ok as the local police would drive by to check. Clearly no room service or facilities overnight then! Breakfast was dismal and I am sure came from a tin and the freezer. The hotel looks tired and the grounds just not maintained properly. Apparently the chef left pre COVID, the locals and other hotels in the region are aware and think it’s so sad, the demise of a lovely place. We checked out after one night (with no hot water), please avoid it is terrible, the owner should be ashamed and embarrassed!!
Special and charming Hotel
Reviewed 4 october, 2021
Chateau de Fere Hotel&Spa is a lovely charming hotel. Its location and its professionals are its strengths. It is not a conventional 5-star hotel, it is special, due to its charm and way of managing it.