Chateau d’Adomenil****, Relais et Chateaux and 1* restaurant

Chateau d'Adomenil Relais et Chateaux

How much can you celebrate your husband’s birthday? Never enough! After an indulgent lunch at the Grand Dolder Hotel Restaurant in Zurich, we decided to take advantage from our trip to my mother in law in Nancy, east of France, so we could leave the children with her overnight and spend some quality time as a couple.

Chateau d'Adomenil


We looked for a Relais et Chateaux and found Chateau d’Adomenil, less than half an hour away from Nancy. That’s only 3 hours drive from Zurich which is great for Swiss residents who want to enjoy the luxury of a Relais and Chateaux at French prices and not the Swiss ones (see the Bill section below).

What did we like? Everything!!! Here’s what we experienced:

Superb service

When you arrive, the valet greets you and, we were very lucky that day, we got upgraded to the Sorbier Grand Apartment with fireplace a balcony and spa bath (345 euros/ night) instead fo the Duplex we had originally booked (275 euro/night).

The only issue was that there were ants in the bathroom but the Maitre d’Hotel came back very quickly to fix that up and brought us complimentary welcome cocktails that we then sipped by the fire with the homemade cake they had prepared before we arrived. There were beautiful green apples too, but hey, too healthy, right?

Chateau d'Adomenil Relais et Chateaux

Spacious rooms

With the upgrade we had a such a big apartment we could use the whole space! The fireplace was definitely the highlight of the room. It was nicely warming the the atmosphere while bringing this comforting smoke and smell.

The bed was very soft, too soft to my husband’s taste but I slept really well, we even slept in until 9am (no kids effect I suppose).

There were separate toilets, with a heater! The bathroom was a bit old with memories of a previous time where it wasn’t that fancy yet (old hair dryer hanging there). The amenities were Bvlgary including Bath tea: a tea bag containing bath powder releasing a creamy texture in the water and their fresh fragrant of white tea.

There was a desk area, three large windows with balcony and heater under the window. That was he perfect spot for me to sit, enjoy the view and get the best wifi connexion 😉

Since pictures can tell a thousand words, here you are…3,000 words!

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One Michelin star restaurant (which deserves one or two more)

There were only 3 other tables in our section of the room. Two couples and a family with 3 children all mega well behaved. The youngest one was probably 7 as he was reading quietly while waiting for his food. He got surprised with fairy floss (barbe a papa) for dessert, how fun! Then his mum took him to bed around 9.30pm and joined back the rest of the table to finish their meal. So smooth!

The decor is warm with velvets and thick curtains, a chandelier, old paintings in their gilded frames but with a modern twist with pots of orchid flowers and stripy armchairs and flower like lamps in the room next door.

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Food wise, the reason why we choose this place was because we had a sneak peek at their dinner degustation menu, Menu Impression, and it was gathering all what I liked the most: scampi, araignee de mer (sea spider?), foie gras etc…

However how disappointed when we arrived and the menu had changed! One star chef Cyril Leclerc goes with seasonal produces. But once again, the service was superb and they were able to bring back some of the seafood I liked to replace the Asparagus which I found a little bit more boring (veggie!).

Similarly when the foie gras came out, it was seared. My husband finds it too rich, he always gives me his dish (I know I’m lucky). So he then went to the toilet while I was enjoying my two plates 😉 . The waiter arrived panicked noticing “Monsieur is gone? We need to make sure his plate does not get cold? And I explained he was not a fan of seared foie gras and that I’d have it”. When hubby came back, the waiters were placing a new set of cutlery for him and announced that something else had already been ordered to replace the dish he disliked and they brought a big fat juicy scallop for him!

So here you go again, food porn!

Araignee de mer – Loved the emulsion
Encornet, Radis, Gingembre Rose – perfectly cooked squid
Lieu Jaune, Fèves, Beurre Acidulé – we asked for the secret of this tender and juicy fish: very low temperature cooking.
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Homard, Asperge Blanche, Carotte, Oignon
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Parmesan soup
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The replacement scallops
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Foie Gras de Canard, Morilles, Petits Pois, Consommé de Navets – Coming so late in the course of the menu, I though it would be seared, yummy!
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Agneau, Aromates, Aubergine, Pommes de Terre Soufflées
Citron, Fromage Blanc en Texture – The raspberry are meant to be the surprise!

Chateau d Adomenil Relais et Chateaux

The sommelier wasn’t my husband’s favourite either. He wasn’t very classy, probably on the loud side. I found him approachable and easy going. He was ok when recommending one glass of wine I could drink with all the courses of the dinner menu.

Hearty Breakfast

Last time we visited a Relais and Chateaux, we did the faux pas to start helping ourselves at breakfast. No no! we don’t do that here, everything is brought to you at the table: in the right order with fruits first! The fresh strawberries were so fragrant and sweet!

Another classic at fancy restaurant is Beurre Bordier (butter).

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Alain Millat fruit juices and jams, pinapple, strawberry smoothie, apple puree …
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Beurre Bordier and a tower of hams; cured, smoked, off the bone!
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Their bread combined with Bordier butter was to die for

The Bill

When we made the booking, we were disappointed that the package for accommodation and dinner is exactly the same as taking each item separately, but we were still keen on the whole thing. Turns out they upgraded us, perhaps because they could sense that we were expecting a bit more from staying both for dinner, night and breakfast.

So all up it was: 583 euros for the week end away for two, broken down as follows:

  • 275 euros for the room
  • 130 euros each for the Menu Impression
  • 24 euros per person for breakfast

Plus a nice gift at check-out in their beautiful branded paper bag: some madeleine cakes with gold decoration for the road (they were sugar coated, too sweet!). Just like La Lameloise*** where they had added extra bottles of mineral water to help with the journey back home.


Would we go back? For sure!!!


Linking to #All aBout France Link-up hosted by the gorgeous Phoebe

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10 thoughts on “Chateau d’Adomenil****, Relais et Chateaux and 1* restaurant”

    1. HI Di
      That will be a long way from the Pyrenees! Depaysant I guess!
      Let me know what you think of their Sommelier;)
      Thanks for popping by!

  1. I love Relais & Chateaux hotels. We have stayed at a few all across the world and the food is always great. I’m getting hungry just looking at your pics & impressed you though it deserves a higher star. Will have to put on the list. Thanks for sharing and happy to have come across your blog #allaboutfrance

    1. Hi Wonder Mum. This one is worth trying as not outrageously priced but maybe not super easy access from London 🙁 Mind you there’s a Tgv taking you to Nancy from Paris in just 1 hour 20 minutes. Love your blog too. Well done on going skiing with very little kids. We were not brave enough to try it. Going with other couples and sharing a lift pass is pretty clever!

  2. That meal looks absolutely fantastic! I don’t know that area at all, so of course had not heard of the restaurant. It looks worth every euro!

    1. Hi Betty
      yes it’s a long way from Aveyron indeed, it’s not a very touristy area hence the good value I suppose!
      Thanks for popping by!

  3. It seems we have another thing in common Thien Lan, my mother-in-law is in Nancy too! Is your hubby from there? Mine is! Now I know where to go for a bit of luxury to escape the in-laws! Sounds like an amazing hotel. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

    1. Omg that is unreal! Yes my hubby is from there. He studied at Lycée Poincaré. How often do you go there and how long does it take you? And we got married there too!

  4. Oh my goodness what a gorgeous weekend! Your photos are awesome, and I love that you broke it down by price. I get so frustrated when I read about experiences and people don’t do that. It’s really helpful when thinking about the budgeting process.

    1. Hi Farrah
      I’m glad you appreciate it!
      I’m learning to take better pics each time (see the difference with my first post about the 3*** restaurant with terrible lighting and lots more blurriness)
      The awkward thing now is that my eldest son, who is obsessed with numbers, asks for the price of everything which is a big No No in the French culture 🙁

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