After finishing up a great experience in Munich for Okotberfest, I tacked on a few extra days in France to take advantage of the post Ryder Cup golf atmosphere. To make my life a little easier and to also get a great deal, I stayed at the Novotel Saint Quentin Golf National. Here, they offered a Ryder Cup special which included a one-night stay, breakfast, and one round on the Albatros Course (which hosted the Ryder Cup), for just 190 Euro. With a deal like this, there was no way I could pass on this amazing opportunity.
Novotel and Le Golf National were gracious enough to host me onsite for the hotel and course review. I am extremely grateful for their generosity. Although the stay was complimentary, the review is truthful in its entirety.
The Novotel Hotel is about 30 minutes from Paris’ International Airport, Charles De Gaulle (CDG). By car, it is fairly easy to reach by navigating the French roads even if you’re a first-time driver on them. Total driving time is about 50 minutes without traffic. You are able to get there without hitting any tolls. The hotel is not accessible via train.
On the last few miles you will drive through Guayancourt which is lined with some beautiful deciduous trees which were all different shades of yellow and orange making for a beautiful drive.
After the drive from the Paris airport, you arrive at the hotel. Parking is plentiful and is complimentary. Check in was seamless. I was quickly greeted at the front desk by a lovely staff member who was fluent in French and spoke very good English.
The lobby was very clean and elegant giving off a classy, but chic vibe. It was very French and I loved how it looked and felt.
Elevators were directly next to the check in desk.I was on the 4th floor overlooking the golf course in one of their standard rooms.
Upon entering the room, things were spotless and tidy. It also gave off a cozy feeling. The in-room amenities and layout was relatively standard including (bed), couch, desk/work area, TV and TV stand, coffee maker, mini fridge, closet and bathroom.
The bed was quite comfortable and the pillows were rectangular! (Insider tip, lots of pillows in Europe are square shape)
The bathroom was modern and I actually enjoyed having the sink and shower in a separate room from the toilet. The sink was large with plenty of room to store your toiletries.
Shower was clean and had pretty good water pressure. There is no sliding door to the shower but water rarely got outside the shower with the design of it.
The view from the room was tremendous. You get a full view of the course and sunrise was amazing in the morning. Pool is out back as well and unfortunately couldn’t experience the pool since it was a little chilly out.
Included in your reservation is complimentary WiFi, breakfast (included in my package deal), pool, restaurant, bar, and a business center. There is no onsite gym. The other most notable amenity is Le Golf National.
After getting settled, I went back down to the lobby to check out the rest of the hotel. The bar and restaurant area has a very lively vibe and is conducive to those who want to socialize, work, or just have a glass of wine and unwind. I had a glass of the Chablis white wine and it was delicious along with some pistachios. I was able to get some work done in the lobby before relocating seats to have dinner.
I ate at the hotel restaurant in the main lobby which is called the Gourmet Bard. Service was prompt and the employees were very friendly. I started off with a beef tenderloin plate with a nice teriyaki glaze. It was tender and delicious. Very flavorful and the meat was just right.
I then moved on to the main course which was a cod steak in a blanket of chorizo risotto and pepper sauce. The fish was done just right and was flakey and tender. The risotto was phenomenal with excellent flavor and complimented nicely by the pepper sauce and chorizo blanket.
Finally, I finished off with a roast fruit salad for dessert which was delectable. It was a roast of seasonal fruit infused in vanilla hibiscus juice. It was such a great mix of sweet and complex flavors to finish off the night. I was content to say the least.
The next morning I had breakfast which was served buffet style. They had a wide range of options from baked chicken legs to bacon to cold cuts and cheese. There were plenty of options to get you energized for your day.
The Novotel Saint Quentin Golf National is an exceptional hotel. The service was second to none and they really went above and beyond to make the experience a positive one. They make an effort to get to know you and help you out whether you’re French, English, or American. I felt welcomed and it was the perfect place to stay considering I played Le Golf National. I would highly recommend this hotel to those staying in Versailles or those looking to play Le Golf National and wanting to spend the night nearby.
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