Frédéric Carrion Cuisine Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- A foodie's dream hideaway in picturesque French wine country, with breakfast and moreDiscovering all the delights of France’s Burgundy region
- The unique, playful color scheme in each of the statement-making rooms
- Exquisite gourmet cuisine for lunch and dinner in the signature restaurant
What To Know
- Eat at least one meal on-site; chef Frédéric Carrion is Michelin-starred
- The hotel is in the middle of Vire, but it's still exceptionally quiet
- There's a small on-site spa, jacuzzi and steam room
Set in the heart of one of the world’s most renowned wine regions, Frédéric Carrion Cuisine Hotel & Spa manages to pair chic, design-oriented interiors with gourmet, next-level dining. The brainchild of expert chef Frédéric Carrion, the hotel’s eclectic style is showcased in the eye-catching rooms, each individually decorated with colorful hues, quirky aesthetics, soothing lighting and all the hi-tech conveniences you could need.
The real pièce de résistance here, though, is the mouth-watering gourmet cuisine in the signature restaurant; expect beautifully presented, modern French cuisine, served in the dining room or out on the lovely terrace and complemented by the finest local reds and whites. For post-meal relaxation, the Zen-like spa is on hand with a hot tub, Turkish bath, and sublime treatment rooms.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €1 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel upon check-out.
There’s a playful twist to each of the 10 uniquely styled rooms, all of which assure bright, saturated hues and plenty of trendy design elements. The Contemporary rooms and the larger Deluxe Glamorous rooms both have comfortable king-sized beds, dressed with luxurious feather-filled duvets. They also feature ultra-sleek bathrooms, complete with free-standing tubs or showers.
Classic French gourmet cuisine is given a contemporary kick, courtesy of expert chef and owner Frédéric Carrion; expect locally sourced and creative dishes, paired with wines from Mâconnais and Chalonnais. Specialties include slate-blue-legged chicken from Bresse, marbled beef from Charolais and palate-pleasing lobsters, oysters and line-caught sea bass cooked to perfection.The restaurant is open for lunch between 12-2pm (except on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays) and for dinner between 7-9pm (except on Mondays). There’s also a pretty terrace for al-fresco dining, when it’s nice and sunny, as well as a lovely bar for pre- and post-dinner drinks. Room service is available during select hours.
It’s all fluffy robes and candlelight at the fabulous Zen-like spa – a sleek space that’s equipped with a hot tub, a Turkish bath and sublime treatment rooms. Signature treatments, using products by high-end Parisian brand Cinq Mondes, include customized facials, massages, body rubs, wraps and scrubs. Manicures, pedicures, waxing and reflexology are also available.
You’ll be staying in the village of Viré, in the heart of France’s Burgundy region. Must-dos include visiting the iconic abbey of Tournus, the city of Macon, the rock of Solutré, the Morvan and, of course, an obligatory session tasting local wines from one of France’s most renowned wine-producing areas. Nature walks and hikes are also perfect for appreciating the stunning surrounding scenery – from rolling vineyards and verdant forests to peaceful lakes and streams.
How to Get There
As others travellers have stated, this is a difficult review to write. The structure has a huge potentiality but at the moment it is totally misfunctioning and chaotic. To go in order: when we first arrived we have been welcomed by a man (later we found out he was the chef himself) who assigned us a wrong room in which there were other guests. Confused, we had to go back downstairs with him and take another key and go back again to the third floor, all with luggages and so feeling uncomfortable. The room (a superior one) is really kitch as decor and not particularly functional or anything special. The staff is nice but not particularly good at their job or welcoming and you can really feel a sense of disorganisation overall. We did not try the restaurant, that surely must be good (once it had a Michelin star) because of its out of range prices: the menus start from 65€/86€ and so we have chosen another Michelin starred restaurant in the area that seemed more interesting and live and had menus from 55€/70€. Most disappointing thing for us has been the breakfast: simple but nice overall (fresh raspberries, baguette with butter and jam, fresh orange juice, ham and cheese, brioches - these last ones not particularly fresh nor good) it costed us 80€ for two days totally out of the blue. We knew that our rate was without breakfast and the only reason we had it was because on the first morning our waiter stopped us on our way out and insisted for us to have petit dejeneur at the hotel, assuring us it was already included. When at check out we had to pay this extra 80€, the chef (because for a weird reason he does also check out) just told us that he had been clear at the moment of check in when in he explained us we had flat rate and not b/b rate. My husband and I speak perfect English and some French and none of us understood such a thing. Anyway, we just paid the extra money and went away with the utter feeling of a place both bad managed and in deep trouble. It’s a real pity and we wish the owners all the best, but most things at the moment are really awkward and need a serious change. I cannot recommend it.
Six of us ate at the restaurant last Saturday night. The place was clean, modern and airy. The atmosphere was welcoming and comfortable whilst being classy and refined. The best thing about Frederic’s restaurant was how helpful, friendly and kind the staff were. They were all wonderful and catered for our needs even though we didn’t speak much French. We were pleased to meet Frederic - he has a lovely restaurant and great staff.
The room was very pleasant with good wifi reception. The view from the window was unexciting, but covered by a blind. Due to an apparent mistake on the website when I booked we were given a rate which included breakfast. The hotel stood by this without demur. The breakfast was good and served in the area where we had enjoyed a very welcome free glass of mulled wine on arrival. The decoration in this area was a mixture of textures and colours including patterned wallpaper..
This is our second visit, and again we knew we had picked well. We were extremely well cared for, which is always welcome after a long tiresome journey. I suspect the hotel was not very full on a January week-night, but we shared the elegant dining room with another couple, so at least it was not noisy! Our room was very comfortable with quirky decor - though an integrated bath and shower within the room is a modern twist which takes a bit of getting used to. Dinner in the elegant dining room was very good indeed - the chef obviously has a sweet tooth which was reflected in all the courses - so we appreciated taking the final petits fours up to our room for later! The wine was a little pricey, considering the vineyard was almost next door, but it was indeed good! I hope that this may regain it's Michelin star, as everyone did their best to make it a very enjoyable visit for us which we hope to repeat.
GreAt place for stop over on way down to Provence.
Warm welcome , comfortable rooms with nice individual style .
Lovely food and great wines.
Bikes available for rides around the vineyards and make sure you go to local growers to buy wine .