We spent 3 nights at this beautiful little hotel in mid July, just before peak season. We paid €85 for our room, booking direct with the hotel by email. On arrival, we were upgraded to a €100 room which was lovely - "Provence style" - see photo. It had a smart ensuite bathroom with shower over bath and separate WC. The bedroom had shutters looking out over the courtyard, breakfast terrace and chapel.
The hotel is signposted from the town centre and has its own car park opposite, off the small quiet lane. The hotel was converted from a girls school and has its own old chapel in the grounds with lovely peaceful gardens. It also has a decent sized open-air swimming pool.
Breakfast (€12 extra) is served on a sun terrace overlooking the fishpond, gardens and chapel. We were served a selection of croissants, bread and pastries, yoghurt, plus different fresh fruit and homemade jams each day. It was lovely.
The restaurant was directly across the lane (just a few paces away) and looked very chic and upmarket - and expensive to match (typically €25 for starter, €30 main). Although classy looking, it didn't seem to get much custom so seemed to be lacking in atmosphere. Though we had booked to eat there the first night, we decided to eat in town and enjoyed our meals out - we tried La Mere Michele by the main square and Au Hazard Balthazar in a side street, both with tables outside and recommended.
Despite the hotel's tranquil setting, it only a couple of minutes walk into the centre of town. Martel was a delightful medieval town with beautiful old market hall. We were there for the 14 July festival weekend and enjoyed dancing in the square and "Battle of the (brass) Bands" when the streets came alive. But otherwise it was very peaceful and a good base for exploring the region.
The owner was very welcoming and helpful throughout and had a selection of local guide books and maps to borrow.
We have nothing but praise for this excellent value gem of a hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Relais Sainte-Anne Hotel Martel