The hotel dates back to the 18th century when it was originally a coaching inn. Today it is a charming, family hotel run by a friendly husband and wife team. There are three floors of accommodation but attention, there is no elevator access so less mobile guests should perhaps request a room on the first floor.
The common areas are awash with art and artefacts (paintings, objets d'art, antique chests, old cabriolet chairs...) of an eclectic style which at first glance appears chintzy but somehow comes together. The hotel owners enjoy sifting through antique fairs and many of their finds have ended up in the hotel (genuine items as well as copies), adding plenty of character to the place. To boost their green credentials, they also insisted on adding energy-saving lamps throughout the entire property.
As far as leisure facilities go, for a three-star offering, the Pré Catelan doesn't do too badly. Guests may use the outdoor swimming pool, nestled in the gardens, the Jacuzzi (10 euros for half an hour with bathrobe and towel) or relax on the terrace with a book. There is also an Internet booth for those who don't have their own laptop computer (WIFI connection is free throughout the hotel).
Guests will surely adore the terrace as much as we did; a haven of peace, relax on the outdoor lounges and watch the squirrels play in the trees, or sit at one of the stone-topped tables to enjoy a glass of wine. A giant palm tree sits in the middle, its trunk wrapped in fairy lights. This is the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif in the dusky light of the early evening. The trees and shrubs add shade and greenery but they also help to keep the terrace feel very private, even if the hotel finds itself right in the middle of a residential area.