Anyone who has stepped foot inside the Le Cep Hotel in Beaune, Burgundy will know this is one of the best kept secrets in France. I’m certain loyal guests would like to keep it that way, but for anyone yet to hear of Le Cep, I’m about to introduce you to one of the most charming family-run hotels that, like the wine in the region of Burgundy, only gets better with age. As far as French luxury hotels go, Le Cep is one of the crowning jewels of France.
Wine lovers flock to the region year after year to indulge in the region’s rich offerings, but for those that don’t have a particular interest in wine, the hotel is reason enough to visit the quaint town of Beaune. With its’ hospitable approach to high end luxury accommodation, Le Cep has deservedly won countless awards, which are proudly displayed behind the reception desk at check-in. Before you even step foot inside the property, the hotel’s bellboy will energetically greet you at the front of the hotel to assist you with your bags and greet you with a pleasant ‘Bonjour Madame!’.
The staff at hotel Le Cep are always on hand to assist with directions, recommendations, and to pleasantly ask in broken English how your day was when you return from a long day of wine tasting. But it doesn’t come across as routine, as each staff member taked a genuine interest in each guest with the intent to learn just as much about your culture as they are willing to share of theirs. By the time you leave the hotel and head onward on your journey, each staff member will know you by name and you theirs. It’s this family hospitality that has loyal guests returning year after year to get their ‘fix’, if you will.
After a smooth check-in and brief introduction to the city, I was escorted to my room by the bellboy who insisted he carried both my suitcase and overnight bag up the stairs to my suite, number 223. As I entered the room I was immediately blown away by the vast array of colours that burst across the walls and continued to mesmerise everywhere from the bed cover to the lush cushions on the colourful sofas.
My room was completely outfitted with all the necessary luxuries – such as a Nespresso machine, bath amenities, and plush bathrobes. But with so much more of the hotel to discover, it was difficult to choose between spending my time inside my room or discovering other areas of the hotel. I opted for both. The numerous courtyards and public areas of the hotel were so intricately detailed that I concluded I would never truly discover all of the hotel during my short two night stay. If it was fit for a King (King Louis XIV once stayed here), you get the general gist of just how special this hotel is. The hotel also has many other notable guests stay, particularly during the Beaune film festival in early April.
But if you’ve come to Beaune to discover the wines of surrounding Burgundy, you can be certain the hotel staff will be on hand to assist you in doing so. On my day of arrival I met with the hotel owner, Jean-Claude, who made countless recommendations tailored to my tastes. In the end I took the bicycle route to nearby villages and towns to sample some wines from the region, which unsurprisingly did not disappoint.
At the end of my stay my only regret was that I could have stayed in Beaune longer to discover more of the region and enjoy a lengthier stay at one of France’s best kept secrets. It is without question of a doubt that I will one day return to Beaune to do just that, but for now I can only hope more travellers make their way to Beaune to discover this charming French town and experience the best in French luxury hospitality.
Rooms start from $280 per room per night.
World of Wanderlust visited the Hotel Le Cep as a guest, however my opinion is as always, my own.