Our choice of hotels and restaurants to enjoy during your trip in this beautiful area
4* Hôtel Littéraire Alexandre Vialatte, Clermont-Ferrand
Best Western Plus hotel with 62 rooms in a shady square which was adored by local author Vialatte, after whom it is named. Volcano views from sixth floor terrace; lounge bar; underground parking.
3* Royal Hotel Saint Mart, Royat-Chamalières
Elegant hotel with 54 bedrooms and large gardens, 10 minutes from centre of Clermont-Ferrand.
L’Auberge de Margot, Usson
Four-bedroom hotel with outdoor terrace beneath the ruined castle with restaurant awarded two cooking pots by Logis for authentic regional cuisine.
3* L’Hôtel de la Poste, Brioude
Entirely renovated in 2016, it has 16 modern bedrooms and a popular restaurant in an adjacent street serving traditional Auvergnat cuisine.
Domaine St Roch, Salzuit
Hilltop hotel with outdoor pool and wellness spa 15km from Brioude. Restaurant with panoramic views.
Hôtel-Restaurant Le Haut-Allier, Alleyras
Close to Le-Puy-en-Velay, 12 simple, contemporary bedrooms plus restaurant with one Michelin star and 3 Gault Millau chef ’s hats for Maître Restaurateur Philippe Brun.
La Tour Grégoire, Clermont-Ferrand
Four large rooms, each on a separate floor of a tall property located on a quiet street in the historic centre, just 200 metres from the Cathedral. Restored in 2017.
Le Clos des Campanules, Brioude
Three bright modern rooms with possibility of suites for families or friends. Owner Michèle speaks fluent English. Drying room for hiking or biking gear. Picnic lunches to order. www.closdescampanules.com
Le Relais de l’Orient, Charroux
18th-century property with pigeon house, interior courtyard, large swimming pool and garden, plus panoramic terrace. Close to the village centre. Seasonal table d’hote dinner reservations available here.
La Maison du Prince de Condé, Charroux
House dating from 13th to 18th centuries with enclosed garden within former moat. Named after Louis 1 of Bourbon, uncle of future king Henri IV, who stayed here in 1568. Five bedrooms; table d’hôte dinner available by reservation.
La Maison des Archers, Saint-Saturnin
Three bedrooms behind a 15th-century façade where Queen Margot’s squire is reputed to have stayed. Spiral stone staircase. Wide roof terrace with views of town and distant mountains.
Château de Saint-Saturnin, Saint-Saturnin
Historic monument with five luxury guest rooms named after historic figures associated with the property, overlooking main courtyard, extensive grounds, or village.
L’Ermitage Saint-Vincent, Vielle-Brioude
Five spacious rooms in restored 11th-century monastery. Vineyard garden, courtyard, and paths beside the Allier. Table d’hôte dinner by reservation.
Pavillon Lamartine, Clermont-Ferrand
Hidden courtyard of a 19th-century building in the town centre, with terrace tables, a 1950s bar and understated interior dining room. Seasonal menus prepared by chef Adrien Martin.
Gastronomic restaurant within the Stade Marcel-Michelin with rugby pitch views from the tables and Chaîne des Puys from the terrace.
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Le Bistrot d’Ici, Saint-Saturnin
Bar, restaurant and tearoom on square beneath historic village. Guide Routard 2019 and Guide Vert Michelin. It offers a plat du jour and fixed menus on weekdays and weekends.
From France Today magazine