Published by Lyn on 4 September 2019
Becky Allen and Mark Goodson stayed at Hotel Restaurant de la Madeleine in Commercy on the Meuse River bike route.
Don’t let the industrial estate put you off – this hotel-restaurant has lots to recommend it.
4 things we liked about the hotel
An industrial estate – or zone artisanal (ZA) as they’re known in France – might not sound like an ideal location for an overnight stay, but for bike touring, they can make lots of sense. ZAs are always well signed, so we had no problem finding our way through town to the hotel. And the other businesses on site made perfect neighbours: there’s a Lidl plus a small organic supermarket for recovery drinks, snacks and picnic food; there’s a bike repair shop; and most wonderfully of all, the Boite a Madeleine – a family-run firm that’s been making madeleines since the 1950s. The place does factory tours with tastings, has a cafe, and of course sells bags of these perfect pannier picnic fare.
The hotel has an automated check-in, so as we arrived mid-afternoon it took a phone call to gain access to the hotel. It’s smart, modern place with an on-site restaurant, which did a very decent dinner majoring in local produce. The only thing our room lacked was a plug for the sink, so we needed to improvise with the waste-paper bin to wash our cycling shorts and tops.
Commercy is an attractive town, and the main sight – the Chateau Stanislas – is only 1km away in the centre of Commercy.
4. Secure bike parking
We parked our bikes in the hotel’s underground cellar-cum-bottle store.
Hotel Restaurant de la Madeleine
ZA de la Louvière, 55200 Commercy
Meuse, Lorraine (Grand Est)
This second hotel option has also been recommended to us in Commercy.