Hôtel Bois Joli
What We Love
- Old-fashioned charm in a French spa town, with breakfast, a dining discount and moreThe beautiful wood-paneled restaurant that serves up gourmet seasonal fare
- The good old-fashioned hospitality, with period style to match
- The macarons and dining discount that are included with your stay here
- Strolling to Bagnoles’ picturesque lake and thermal spa, after complimentary breakfast
What To Know
- The hotel offers free shuttle service into Terre de Haut
- WiFi is available in all common areas and in some guestrooms (call ahead if you're worried about your room having coverage)
- The onsite restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner serving Creole dishes and seafood
The only thermal-spa destination in the whole of northwest France, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne is tucked away in the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park, surrounded by forest of cedars and sequoias. Staying here is like stepping back in time – the Belle Epoque, to be precise – and you’ll discover a number of grand period buildings grouped around a picturesque lake. Among these is the charming family-run Hotel Bois Joli, a 19th-century Anglo-Norman villa that oozes traditional French style and boasts a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Inside, you’ll find a host of original features that will transport you back to days of yore themselves. The cozy public lounge is stacked full of antiques, with a piano taking pride of place. The high-ceilinged, oak-paneled restaurant showcases classic seasonal fare with many ingredients, such as wild mushrooms and game, sourced directly from the forest. Enjoy a relaxing sojourn in the town’s recently renovated spa center; roll the dice in the casino; bet at the nearby racecourse; or simply enjoy a stroll around the lake or through the woods. It’s said that the thermal waters in these parts have magical properties. After a stay at Hotel Bois Joli, you may say the same of the entire town.
Overlooking the manicured gardens, traditionally styled Superior Double or Twin rooms are individually decorated, with warm tones, and come with antique furniture and hand-picked fabrics. There will be a TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, as well.
Dine in style in the wood-paneled dining room, in front of an impressive carved-wood fireplace. Chef Loic Malfilatre presents dishes sourced from land and sea, using market-fresh ingredients, such as foraged wild mushrooms and local game.
The hotel sits near the center of town, just a five-minute walk from the lake, not far from the racecourse and the casino. You can walk to Les Thermes de Bagnoles de l’Orne spa baths in around 10 minutes. Activities in the surrounding area include horseback riding, Nordic walking, hiking, mountain biking and archery.
How to Get There
we took 10 classic cars on a tour based at this hotel and couldn't fault it. The rooms were comfortable and clean the food was very good. We were given home made Cheese straws with our drinks which were delicious and Petit fours with coffee a really nice touch. Thoroughly recommended.
Traditional, family run, welcoming and quiet, this hotel is perfectly located in the charming town of Bagnoles, a moment's stroll from the lake and woodland walks. The chef is exemplary and each time we stayed here we noticed local residents dining here because the food is so good. The rooms are large, airy, with top quality beds and antique furnishings. The modern ensuite bathrooms are clean and perfectly nice. Try their house aperatif with delicious Benedictine, apple juice, basil and cider. Exquisite and served with freshly made amuse bouches from the kitchen. The menu changes with the seasons and all of it is tempting and French cooking at its best
We stayed here on a 3 day Brittany ferries offer. We loved the overnight boat from Portsmouth to St Malo. We went to the onboard cinema and ate at the fine dining onboard restaurant. We slept soundly until waking up for breakfast in St Malo and drove off the boat. The Hotel is about 2-3 hrs drive and easy to find. We stayed in Room 7 which had a lovely balcony. The loo was separate from the very small bathroom, and there was no bath - but were both ensuite. It was quiet and very clean. The food at dinner was amazing - just excellent French cuisine, beautifully coked and presented. Amazingly good wine list too.The owner speaks good English which was helpful for us. The staff have no English at all but are so lovely and as helpful as possible. The wifi is very slow and almost useless really - so don't take your iPad, OK ! We had a cycle ride along the disused railway well rail at the back of the hotel. It's normally shut in December, but the hotel got him to open up just for us! It's that dirt of town. It feels a bit Swiss or Austrian? Like a French style Harrogate. We walked round the pretty lake in the town centre and thought the magnificent park with nice views and wooded forests. We would have liked tea and coffee in the room, but lots of French hotels font do this. This was a perfect hotel for a break. We would love to go back again, perhaps for a summer trip next time.
Stayed here for one night with eight others. Nothing was too much trouble from the staff. The bar area was arranged ready for us to be able to sit altogether. The food is excellent and the waiting staff were impeccable ! Clearly well trained
We had a room at the front of the hotel. A little noisy with the traffic if you're not used to it. However room nice, clean and fresh
Lucked upon this little gem thanks to a "50% off flash sale" by Logis de France, the chain of independent small hotels. It was slightly off our route, but well worth it. Bagnoles de l'Orne is a charming "Belle Epoque" spa town built around a lake. Bois Joli is well-named, and we had a lovely (if too short) stay. Excellent restaurant, really welcoming management and staff. Top score.