Château de Mirambeau
What We Love
- Michelin-starred cuisine by celeb chef Maxime Deschamps, formerly of Le Toiny on St. Bart’s
- After dinner, retire to the “Cognathèque” for a tasting of the area’s incomparable spirits
- The romantic rooms are decorated with antiques (some are genuine Louis XVI)
- Fab indoor and outdoor pools, plus a hammam and a whirlpool bath
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at check out
- You will need a car to get to the chateau and to explore the area
- Families are welcome, but the vibe is couple-friendly
- Although the restaurant is wheelchair-accessible, the guestrooms are not
- Free parking and WiFi
- The restaurant is open every evening and for lunch on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Light bites are available for lunch on weekdays
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Behind gargoyle-adorned stone walls, this dreamy Renaissance-style castle fulfills every fantasy of a French countryside escape, from its Louis XVI furnishings to its vaulted Roman bath and lush grounds. A complete 21st-century overhaul, however, means there’s no sacrificing comfort in the name of historical authenticity. Close to the beaches of the Atlantic and the beautiful vineyards of Gironde, it’s a fairy-tale destination for exploring the Grands Crus of Bordeaux.
Bed & Bath
Each of the 22 rooms and suites is individually decorated with antiques and the world’s finest fabrics. The walls are upholstered in embroidered silks, and the sophisticated curtains and furnishings inspire expensive home decorating fantasies. The art and antiques are all Louis XVI, and, yes, they are the real thing.
Roam the grounds admiring gargoyles, turrets and ramparts, and take a moment to express your gratitude in the tiny private chapel before relaxing on a poolside chaise. Meals in the conservatory dining room are a delight — the tables set with starched linens, Limoges porcelain and polished silver. At lunch choose between two menus, one light and modern, one classic and gastronomic, and for dinner opt for the amazing tasting menu of the Michelin-starred chef’s specialties.
In the Area
The location is ideal for exploring the incomparably beautiful Gironde, visiting the historic city of Bordeaux and the vineyards and cellars of St. Emilion, Médoc, Sauternes, Cognac and Charentes. Be sure to try the regional specialty, the Pineau de Charentes, an apéritif made from grape must and cognac at Château de Beaulon. Visit the charming town of Jonzac on Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for the exceptional market, which is housed in a restored 19th-century building designed by Gustav Eiffel. For youngsters, a trip to one of Europe’s largest water parks, Les Antilles de Jonzac, is in order. Afterward enjoy classic French bistro favorites at Le Coq d’Or, which overlooks the 15th-century chateau.
How to Get There
We were a family of 5 and stayed two nights in two suites (35 & 36): We rate the beautiful building/the “Castle” as some staff called it a “5”, the rooms a “4” (although the adult/college-aged kids say 3, because room 35 had no wi-fi + a cleaning person dropped my razor into my drinking glass in the bathroom), the staff overall a “3” [We loved Berny upon check-in, very helpful and enthusiastic, wanted to do more + the other young lady at reception was happy/quick to park our (luxury—long story) rental car. After that, the staff was a bit stiff and seemed like they’d been so yelled at by management that they were afraid to make mistakes (I saw one of the young ladies exiting the dining room, crying after what looked like the end of the dinner shift our first night there...).]
I watched the World Cup and asked for a glass of wine. The sommelier was insistent on up-selling, initially a Riesling (I want sweet, but bit too sweet), finally *convinced him* I wanted a Souvenign Blanc and he kept pointing to the $25 glass (which I did purchase & was delicious, however I did feel coerced). Later my daughter told me there were several reviews about him being that way and described him as “snobby”.
My husband loves staying in 5-Star Hotels and we hope this property finds a general manager that can create a loving, warm atmosphere with attentive cheerful and enthusiastic staff. The feeling/energy the staff has is the reason we return to properties. This was very far out of our way (hubby golfed at the wonderful Grand St. Emillionnais Golf Club and let youngest pick this stay) and I feel it’s “one and done” for us. We had a “nice” stay and a terrific meal (Valentine was great!) at the 1-star Michelin Restaurant there (just don’t order the steak, everything else was delicious). In the afternoon, we did a fabulous wine tour (see other review), did several tastings in the afternoon and purposely did not order wine with dinner after the initial experience with the sommelier.
My husband did like the pools (indoor and outside), there is a zen garden in a mini bamboo forest close, however the road noise is a bit distracting. (A fountain or something calming through a speaker might be nice there or behind the pool.) My oldest son and youngest daughter appreciated having the tennis courts and equipment available and played a little tennis after our dinner at the hotel (free check out available at reception). The fitness room was on the same floor as our rooms (along with an old suit of armor), it was minimal, but pleasant (son wished there were free weights).
My girls (ages 20 & 21) were bringing their luggage up to the lobby and an older man that worked for the hotel did not bother to help them, neither did the lady at reception... (both of my girls commented on this. I also had my bags/double-stacked and no one offered help as I went to load the car... It’s not that we “need” help and might have refused, however, at least ask + being an American, my husband is always happy to tip.
[NOTE: We left the George V/Four Seasons and Le Cinq restaurant-our favorite hotel in Paris & maybe the world, and just arrived at the Ilé de Ré Hotel de Toiras and thought coming from the George V, maybe we were a being a bit harsh, however, upon arrival at the Hotel de Toiras, we felt more cared for in 15 hours than in our 48 hours at the Chateau de Mirambeau.]. We initially said a rating 4 of 5, but then thinking we are “one and done” for our visit, it would have to be a 3 of 5 for the overall rating. (You know the saying: What do you get when you get what you don’t want, you get experience...) Main suggestion to hotel staff: Smile more!
The hotel is really really beautiful and nice. So glad that we got a free upgrade to suite (may be it's due to my birthday, haha). The room was very big and felt like royal. It was clean and the bathroom was very spacious, with bathing tub. We had a dinner at the Michelin restaurant there. The food was excellent and the service as well!!! My boyfriend has arranged with the hotel a red rose bouquet and a birthday cake for me. Both were very very nice. Really thanks for the hotel arrangement!
The environment was really relaxing, pleasant and quiet, with a beautiful view of a park. Every corner of the hotel is a good spot for good photos. It was my first time to stay in a castle hotel and it is really a fantastic experience staying at Chateau de Mirambeau. We did a good pick! I know there are different themes of room in the hotel. I hope we can go again next time.
Booked in here on our way north through France and it said it was pet friendly. Dog allowed in our room , in the Grande Salon and in the grounds. The room was ornate and quite comfortable . The restaurant was limited in its choice of food and expensive so we only ate in there once as the menu was the same the following day. Fortunately found a road side place to eat in in town where the food was more to our liking, and the wine good and more reasonably priced.
There were quite a few people,staying at the Chateau and I regret to have to say it but there were too many Russians. They have no concept of manners or how to behave and I would be quite happy to go somewhere they can't. There was a nice lower level Cognac Room. I didn't want Cognac but if another guest did they might have been disappointed on one of the three nights we were there as the Russians were all in there watching Football. Why they couldn't watch it on the televisions in their rooms God only knows. It seems too many people running hotels cow tow to these Russians as I assume they think they are good tippers ?
I find their rudeness most unpleasant and in future when booking somewhere nice will ask if they have any Russians staying there at the same time as I will not go.
Again we had to request our room was made up as nothing had been done by 3 p.m. God only knows when they were going to do it.
Anybody staying here beware as access to the pool is through the spa area and you need to use two lifts as the lower section has steps which two people fell down while we were there. One lady broke her leg and the hotel management considered the problem to be the fault of the guest not management. We were not told about the second lift and it appears other guests were not either.
Alternatively you can walk the long way round the grounds to the pool.
The hotel has a short drive from a road which gets quite noisy in the morning and late afternoon with cars and HGV traffic. Get a room on the other side of the Chateau as it might be quieter.
I do not plan on staying here again.
I loved this place and left there with fond memories of our stay. The rooms are beautifully appointed and the grounds are well kept. The restaurant is very romantic and has a michelin star rating. Dinner was very fancy, delcious and expensive. After dinner we ventured to the cognac cave below that was the coolest place!!! Burning fireplace with an extensive selection of cognac. Someday we would love to go back!
This is one of the most beautiful chateaus we have ever visited, and we have stayed in many all over France. From the moment you walk into the reception area you will be taken aback at the beauty of the decor and the wonderful state of the the entire chateau. The chateau was redecorated in the 1990s and they adhered very closely to the original period the chateau was built, except everything is in pristine and beautiful condition. The suites and many other areas of the chateau's wall are covered in beautiful matching fabric, the furniture, while not original, is a perfect replica from the 18th century, and the tasteful decor throughout will leave you muttering about the chateau's beauty.
The service is first class as is befitting a property such as this, The ground are beautiful and offer several hiking opportunities. The restaurant is michelin starred but I can not comment on the overall quality as they only offered a limited menu experience during our stay given the time of the year. a bit of a disappointment but not one to ruin the stay. The rooms are beyond elegant and the comfort is unquestioned.
I would have little hesitation about making this a destination if we are in the area again. It is a visual experience.