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
My wife and I and a friend had a superb meal tonight in this restaurant. The ambiance of the house and immaculate gardens was matched by the attentiveness of the staff once inside. An unhurried aperitif whilst we consulted the menu was followed by a glorious meal. An amuse bouche of cockles in sauce, then starters of foie gras and langoustine. Our main courses of steak, pigeon and veal, then a comprehensive cheese platter, followed by desserts to die for: perfect souffles and a chocolate paradise. All wonderfully prepared and presented. Our compliments to the chef. Superb wines, a Pomerol and a Sauternes, complimented their courses in splendid fashion, followed by the obligatory digestifs (Calvados - well, we are in Normandie) in the lounge. A truly enjoyable meal, the best we have had since moving up from Toulouse a year ago. The only puzzle is why more people don’t know about the place. A real gem that we will return to with pleasure.
Bois Joli is a lovely place to go for a celebration meal. Lovely setting in Bagnoles , a stunning place to spend a day or weekend, very picturesque .
You can stroll around the lake , visit the shops and enjoy a fab meal at The Bois Joli.
a wonderful place to stay ,the rooms are a little tired but typically French and the food and service were to die for ,super service and wonderfully presented by two young experts,great,. The Christmas decorations were inspired and suited the ambience
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