Need to know
27, including six suites.
12 noon, but flexible where possible. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $203.35 (€181), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per room per night on check-out.
Rates exclude breakfast, from €25.
Horse-drawn carriage rides, picnics, hot-air-balloon flights, wine-tasting by arrangement. Luxury chauffeured cars available for transfers and touring.
The hotel closes for the winter season from 2 January to 6 March 2015.
At the hotel
Gym, hammam, spa, library with internet access, WiFi from €15 a day, DVD selections, bicycles to borrow. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD, CD on request, bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
We love the arched ceiling, 17th-century frescoes and gilded four-poster in junior suite Gaspard Dugué (Paradis Suite). The room was once part of the chapel where its namesake wed in 1609. Deluxe room Les Seigneurs d’Albon (Authentic Apartment) has a circular bathroom in the tower. The Elegant Apartments are more contemporary hideaways in this historic setting.
In the summer, the heated outdoor swimming pool is a perfect circle of sparkling blue hidden away in the grounds. On cooler days, head indoors to the spa's indoor pool.
A 400sq m haven of honey-hued stone and roaring fireplaces, the Royal Relaxing Spa has four treatment rooms (including a couple’s room), a hammam and swimming pool. Inspired by the château’s surroundings, the spa’s menu combines indulgent Espa treatments (hot stone massages, mud wraps and eye masks) with tailored hi-tech facials from Biologique Recherche.
Bubble wrap, or other glass-protecting materials – you'll want to bring back some wine.
Small dogs can be accommodated.
Extra beds (free for under-13s) are available in some rooms. Cots, changing mats, nappies, bottle heaters, baby baths and potties can be provided, and there’s a kids' menu. English-speaking babysitters charge from €20 an hour, with a day's notice.