As part of my accessible hotel series, and leading on from the last one of NH Valencia Center, I'm now introducing the second of the 3 hotels Brett and I stayed in on our French and Spainsh roadtrip. Welcome to a review of the Junior Suite at the Mercure Libourne St Emilion!
The Mercure Libourne St Emillion is a hotel situated around 25 minutes drive from Bordeaux. Although it has no swimming pool, spa or fitness facilities, the hotel is very nice with a good sized private car park and is in a relatively quiet location. The junior suite looks out onto a river and park, and the balcony shutters can be opened and closed. The balcony is extremely easy to get onto and navigate despite looking narrow.
The room itself is very large with separate living area and large bedroom, as well as a very large bathroom with large bath and over bath shower. The bed itself was kingsized and extremely comfy! Both the living area and bedroom area had a bose sound system, and large flatscreen TV. The living area also had a fully stocked, complimentary minibar and nespresso machine. There was no restaurant at the hotel, but there was room service and the continental breakfast was lovely as was the late night salmon and cheese dishes that we ordered shortly after arriving at the hotel. The room had plenty of storage and wardrobe areas in the hallway as well as in the bedroom. The sink was easy to get the wheelchair under despite the room not being tagged as accessible which is the norm for hotel suites.
The hotel itself was easy to navigate around with lifts to all floors and the carpet was easy to navigate in a wheelchair. I also noticed signs in braille within the hotel which would be helpful for visually impaired people. Staff also spoke fluent English and German as well as their native French language. Check in and check out was easy, and prehaps surprisingly unlike the Mercure hotels in the UK, I was not required to do a pre-auth on my card which was a welcome bonus for myself and Brett.
The Mercure Libourne St Emilion is definitely the best Mercure I've stayed at so far, both abroad and back in the UK. The room had a luxury/premium feel and was definitely worth the £112 we paid for it 2 hours before arriving. The hotel is great for those road-tripping down to Spain who want a nice hotel to stay in, but who don't want to be in a major city. The hotel would also be good for those on business in the local area, and excellent for when visiting friends or family. I didn't notice many families in the hotel despite it being the summer holidays and this was a big bonus point as it meant that the hotel was so much quieter than most we have been to.
Look out for my next post coming in a few days about the French and Spanish Road Trip, this time reviewing Novotel La Rochelle.