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Relais & Chateaux Gourmet Inns

Staying at a Relais & Chateaux inn can be a uniquely memorable experience.


Relais & Chateaux Gourmet Inns

Blantyre, a Relais & Chateaux property in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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The Relais & Chateaux brand - an alliance of highly individual, luxurious inns and restaurants in 60 countries around the world - takes pride in welcoming guests to its properties, each of which is unique.

Intimate and romantic, Relais & Chateaux properties are well-suited to couples in search of an extraordinary setting for an undisturbed getaway, honeymoon, anniversary celebration, or destination wedding. Many cater to adults only.

Each of the member inns of Relais & Chateaux bears the stamp of an individual of taste who proudly welcomes guests to experience the highest levels of cuisine and hospitality. What contributes to Relais & Chateaux members' high quality is the commitment these hoteliers and restaurateurs make to embodying the brand's 5 Cs:

  • Charm
  • Courtesy
  • Character
  • Cuisine
  • Calm

The number of Relais & Chateaux properties exceeds 500. As they meet the exacting standards, new ones are invited to join this prestigious association. Discover more by reading through this sampling of distinguished lodgings:

Noteworthy Relais & Chateaux in the USA:

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Relais & Chateaux Online: Official Web Site

Relais & Chateaux Toll-free Reservations Number: 800-735-2478

Relais & Chateaux Gift Certificates: Online Gift Shop
Denominations start at 100 Euros.

Relais & Chateaux Frequent Guest Club and Benefits: 5C Club

Weddings and Honeymoons at Relais & Chateaux: Registry Information and Destinations


Whereas one can expect a fairly uniform and consistent level of hospitality and lodgings at everything from Four Seasons Hotels to Hampton Inns, the same can't be said for Relais & Chateaux. Individual properties guided by visionary owners, they all have different personalities, passions, and even quirks.

The vast majority are exquisite, surpassing excellence. Hosts such as Ann Brown at Blantyre and Harry Chancey at Kingsbrae Arms elevate the art of hospitality to unimagined heights in beautifully decorated surroundings and delight guests' palates with inventive, elegantly presented cuisine.

Have I ever had a bad experience at a Relais & Chateaux property? Alas, yes. Once. Everything from our greeting upon arrival to our room (mismatched furniture, stained rug, smell of sewage in the outdated bathroom) to the overzealous wait staff was dreadful.

Relais & Chateaux employs 10 independent inspectors, and each property is visited every three years to ensure standards remain high. One hopes by the time an inspector makes it back to this particular Canadian property, it will once again deserve to be listed among this group of prestigious inns.

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodations and meals for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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