Following my post on the Chateau de Chantilly, you are looking for a hotel in Chantilly? I hope you do because the Chateau is so worth visiting! So, look no further for a place to stay. The Auberge du Jeu de Paume is a dream.
When we went to Chantilly, I was there for the Chateau. I was mesmerized by it and I didn’t think I would do a post on the hotel. You know I rarely do post on hotels anyway. It has to feel extra special for me to want to tell you about it. So when we arrived at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume, I only quickly snapped a few pictures with my phone and didn’t think about it a whole lot… at first. Well, I was a bit tired, so I should be forgiven.
We were extremely welcomed there. In a nice and efficient way. The way you expect it to be in a 5 stars hotel, although it isn’t always the case. We were also upgraded to a bigger room, which is always nice!
After a quick nap, we finally explored the place and that’s when it soaked in. The team working there, was just so nice, so helpful and knowledgeable. Present but discret. Smily but not fake. They really went the extra mile to make us feel welcomed. One example of this would be when I wanted to buy the book about the Chateau. The boutique was closed at that time but without hesitation, they opened it for me!
The hotel is decorated in chic 18th century country-style, or as you can see on their website a style reflecting the elegance of 18th century French mansions. Elegant and refined but not overwhelming like 18th century can be and each areas of the hotel has its own vibes.
The breakfast rooms are decorated in soft and relaxing tones with mural cases depicting the same little monkey sceneries you will see in the Chateau Grande Singerie, which is nice touch.
The bar area is decorated with warm red furniture, cosy sofas & wooden bookcases which create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.
The common area are organized around the courtyard which, in summer time, is to me the most interesting feature of the hotel. The courtyard stayed cool, despite the scorching sun that was blessing us that week-end and was extremely peaceful. I’m quite sure it is also a popular place in winter.
Our diner at the Jardin D’Hiver
As said above, we really felt that the team working there went the extra mile to make us feel welcomed. The most impressive example of this, relates to our diner. As ‘annoying vegetarians’ as I like to describe us, meaning mostly vegans 😉 we were spoiled!!
As usual, when booking a hotel like this one, Mr A. is cautious when making the diner reservation and called in advance to make sure, our diet restrictions would not a problem. I would add, especially in France, where vegetarian & veganism are still not perfectly understood.
I don’t think Mr A. was completely sure it was going to be ok, but after having spoken with the Maitre d’Hotel and after a first sip of the Meursault we had ordered, he relaxed!
We selected the vegetarian option on the menu for the starter (which happened to be vegan) and gave carte blanche to the chef for the main course. And it was perfect! And delicious! God, I’m so sorry for the only pictures I can show you which are so bad!
We spent 2 perfectly lovely diners there, savoring fresh and local products while sipping on perfect wine. What’s not to like?!
Overall, we just had such a marvelous stay that I had to tell you about it… Despite my terrible pictures, which I could never apologize enough about!
The Technical bits:
The official website of the Auberge du Jeu de Paume is : AubergeduJeudePaumeChantilly.fr
If you’re not intending to stay there anytime soon, do check their photo gallery, you’ll fall in love!
There is a spa and a swimming pool, which I didn’t have time to try. These are just as elegant as the rest of the hotel.
There are 2 restaurants: La Table du Connétable which has one Michelin star and the Jardin D’Hiver, where we had diner (and lunch and diner again!). You can actually also eat at the bar.
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