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“Lovely spot for a romantic spa weekend”

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Hotel Barriere L'Hotel du Lac
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“Lovely spot for a romantic spa weekend”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

Once there, it's hard to believe you are only a 25 minute train ride from central Paris. The small spa town of Enghien-les-Bains is set around the little Lac d'Enghien, its quaint size offering an enjoyable and non-taxing splash around in one of the hire paddle-boats available. The west side offers close up views of some beautiful houses and their gardens. To the east, the early 20th century built casino d'Enghien stands proudly on the shore boxed in its glass atrium, which is actually very tastefully done.

The Hotel de Lac on the south east side, though quite modern, was built in a classic French beach/lake side town style architecture which fits in rather authentically by the lake. Using a Groupon deal we didn't expect a lake view but it seems they went out of their way to to stick us out the back right next to a large, noisy and smelly exhaust vent, when, by my reckoning, it seemed a very quiet weekend for them. As it was only two nights we didn't make a fuss knowing we'd spend most of our time in the spa pools or by the lake, which we did happily. (Have to say, getting a bit sick of this 2nd class treatment larger hotels employ when using Groupon or similar. They don't have to give you the absolutely worst room every time, do they?) Anyway, the rooms were fairly standard, clean, comfortable enough and well kept during our stay, but nothing special. The spa pool area was great when the occasional spa aerobics class didn't occupy a good piece of it and when the sun shone on the outdoor tanning area which included ample sun lounges. We didn't hang out at the hotel much so can't comment on the service with authority, but just like anywhere else one desk person was pretty smarmy and another absolutely delightful.

We ate dinner at the Cafe de la Lac restaurant next door which was fine but nothing amazing for the price, though the service was very good. The waiters definitely had more patience than me, dodging runaway children with arms completely full, smiling the whole time. We were tired and made the mistake of eating too early, so large families groups ruined any chance of a romantic dinner, though the restaurant had the possibility if dining a bit later in the evening.

Our stay included entrance to the Casino and though not gambling fans, we took the opportunity to explore the old building. All the noisy pokey machines were on a floor of their own upstairs, so downstairs was more Casino Royale with roulette and card tables mostly, coming close to my romantic vision of an old world European casino. It's well worth a look if you feel inclined.

When the sun broke we paddled around the lake, which was a highlight of our weekend. Essentially, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and went home feeling refreshed and invigorated after only a couple of days.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

We stayed at the Hotel in June 2011, while attending a meeting. The room was nice and had a beautiful view of the lake. There was no air conditioning in the room. The room was hot and mosquitos came in if we opened the door to the balcony. There was no iron or ironing board in the room. We had to ask for one at the front desk and since there was a meeting, it was hard to get one. The staff was not particularly helpful. They politely answered questions but made no special effort to understand our needs.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

Dislike no electric kettle for self making instant coffee or tea.
Laundry service: "Standard" --pickup before 0930 and return next day 1800. "Express" --pickup before 0930 and return same day 1800.
Breakfast with limited selection and cold dishes. No fresh vegetable salad, only pre-chopped mixed fruits.
I stayed for 20 nights.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

You shouldn't come to this hotel unless it's for a convention (which appears to be it's primary function).

I went for two days of relaxation at a 4 star hotel and spa - and was far from having the experience I expected. I've been to other Barrière hotels, and this was very, very far from the good experiences I have had at Deauville and La Baule.

I had room 300, a classic room, the only one available. It looked out onto other rooms, the room itself was scruffy, the furniture quite used. There was no temperature control, and the extra blanket was dirty and stained.

The lobby, restaurant and bar desperately need to be re-done (last redecoration must have been in the 1970's). I had lunch at the restaurant - DO NOT DO THIS! 17€ for one slice of smoked salmon that was totally unexceptional. And the café gourmand was simply inedible (and I don't often say no to desserts).

During the week, the spa only has treatments in the evenings, something they neglected to tell me on the phone. And having a treatment does not give you entry to the rest of the spa (pool, sauna, etc), you have to pay an extra 30€ for one day. The massage I had was fine, but the spa itself is not welcoming: there is no water available (bring your own or buy it there), there are no magazines to read while relaxing, there is a café, but it's only open in the afternoon with industrially packaged foods.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2011

I don't feel that this hotel deserves a 4 star rating. While it is well situated overlooking the lake, the decor could use some attention, the air-conditioning doesn't work, the breakfast selection is quite limited and the entry fee to the spa is pretty steep. It's not bad, but it's definitely not 4 star.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Barriere L'Hotel du Lac
Address: 89 rue du General de Gaulle, 95880 Enghien Les Bains, France
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Region: France > Ile-de-France > Val-d'Oise > Enghien Les Bains
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Enghien Les Bains
Price range (per night): $164 - $324
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Barriere L'Hotel du Lac 4*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
​Have a most enjoyable break : Classic decor using warm shades of colour: the 134 rooms and 7 suites all overlook the lake or park and include luxury hotel services. ... more   less 
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