What We Love
- The grandeur of the inn, modeled after a French chateau
- A choice of spacious guest rooms, suites, or freestanding villas
- Seven restaurants, with cuisine ranging from haute French to spa
- The golf club offers four championship courses
- The onsite winery, offering tours and tastings
What To Know
- WiFi costs $9.95 per day
- Pets are allowed in the villas but not the inn
- There are dress codes for some restaurants and the golf club
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
If your dream is touring French wine country without crossing the Atlantic, this grand chateau north of Atlanta has you covered. Everything is big here, from the imposing inn itself–rising from the vineyards like a stateside version of Versailles. The resort also boasts a staggering number of diversions, ranging from cooking lessons to winery tours, along with golf, tennis and spa treatments galore. The 14 spa suites are in a separate mansion overlooking a lake and forest. More interested in carb-loading? Try the Irish pub, the sports bar, or the classic French restaurant.
In the Area
Given that the nearest town, Braselton, considers Chateau Élan its greatest attraction (the resort attracts half a million visitors a year), there’s every reason to explore the sprawling estate. Hit the links at the Golf Club (the resort offers golf lessons, as well as a short course of four holes called The Loop), then embark on a winery tour and tasting at the Winery, which now includes cheeses from local Georgia dairy, Sweet Grass, along with an olive oil tasting bar. Indulge in a seasonally-driven spa treatment in the spa mansion, which might include an autumnal pumpkin latte ritual or a summer solstice treatment. If you must venture outside the estate, seek out some authentic southern barbecue: locals rave about Stonewall’s BBQ, a family-run joint serving up home-style staples like ribs, coleslaw, and smoked brisket.
How to Get There
An hour north of Atlanta, this is a large and elegant resort, with a winery, golf, spa, restaurants, and everything you'd expect of a fine hotel. Good for a get-away for a couple of nights. It seems to be the right place for those attending a conference, participating in a golf tournament, or attending a wedding. Has tennis, horses, and a large outdoor pool complex. Of minor importance, I found their phone system sent me in circles; and they could use a Concierge to lend advice and tie it all together.
Grounds well maintained. Hotel itself very nice with a great atrium. People very helpful and can mention Kevin and Bobby Jo. BUT they are just starting a major renovation which will result in some areas closed including Versailles. This should finish up sometime in early Nov. per their comments. I am sure it will be even better once the renovations are complete. Apparently new management has recently taken over. Winery is small and the grounds only produce muscadine grapes. Cabernet, Chardonnay and other varietals are brought in from CA and processed here.
I had a great staycation at the chateau. All bathrooms have a separate tub and shower, big garden tub. I had a king size bed. Very clean and fantastic hotel. The bar staff was very nice and friendly, i was there the weekend of St. Patty's Day.
My wife and I stayed at the beautiful Chateau Elan Resort for a quick get away, we just want it to relax for a few days. From the time we check-in until we left, everything was top notch. Our check-in experience with Mr. Hakan was very pleasant, he gave us a great run down of what we would be able to do while we are staying here. The room was very clean and everything was working. We ate at marc, Paddy's and Breakfast in Versailles, food was delicious and serves was great. The wines were surprisingly good and the winery got a great face-lift.
Overall, we had a fantastic time and we can't wait to be back soon.
We enjoyed our time during the day and evening on the property, however our sleeping environment (and follow-up customer service) was terrible. My husband and I were awakened by some nearby neighbors having a very loud argumentative conversation. My husband and I are both heavy sleepers, so the fact that we both woke up to this tells you something. The argument contained terribly foul language and obscenities and was very loud through seemingly paper thin walls. This began around 2:15 am and lasted through the 4:00 hour.
My husband called the front desk twice within the two hours and security came to knock on their door both times. However, soon after security knocked on the door, the fussing continued.
For the amount of money we paid, I expected a relaxing night at Chateau Elan. Instead, it turned into a sleepless night of cringing at an uncomfortable conversation.
While I know the couple’s conversation is not representative of Chateau Elan, the way this situation was handled was not good enough for us or the other guests who had to share walls with this unhappy couple.
In addition to this situation, I'd like to share that the customer service following this event is completely unacceptable. After being asked to share our thoughts via email about the quality of our stay, I responded and received no response. I forwarded the email to another manager and still received no response.
I feel this is no way to treat paying customers. I'm very disappointed and don't plan to visit Chateau Elan again in the future.