Puy du Fou is a live entertainment attraction in France that I visited last weekend as part of a press trip organised by BritMums. Whilst I was there I was able to stay at two of the resort hotels so I can bring you information from La Cité Nocturne, which translated means ‘the night city’ – the area of the resort where all the hotels are located.
I stayed in both Les Îles de Clovis (The Clovis Islands) and Le Camp du Drap d’Or (The Drap d’Or Camp)! Both were very different as you will see!
Last night I slept in a hut on the water. Tonight I’m sleeping in a kind of medieval tent….. but the kind that would be suitable for the knight of the realm! Photos to come if you follow the #puydufoufamilies hashtag. I can hear the birds chirping and it has a very peaceful vibe here to start our day #puydufoufamilies #igersfrance #puydufou #nothingisordinary #littlestoriesofmylife #snaphappybritmums #photooftheday #livethelittlethings #positivevibesonly #everydayspecial #metime #weekendoff #roamtheplanet #neverstopexploring #bloggerlife #myhappyplace #theordinary #thatsdarling #thehappynow #travelblogger #britmumsinfluencer #familytravelblogger #familydaysout #daysout #review
Les Îles de Clovis
This hotel is actually a medieval village spread across 7 hectares! Each room (which is more like a chalet) is made from wood and set on stilts so that it rests on the surface of the water ensuring that the rooms are surrounded by nature. This village is set in the Merovingian period and named for the Merovingian king, Clovis who took the throne at the age of just 15. Whilst the family rooms are medieval style, they do have the 21st century comforts that modern holidaymakers expect, such as comfortable beds, power showers, TV, an in-room safe and a hairdryer. However the decor is in keeping with the theme, from chunky solid wood chairs (that almost look like thrones) to mirrors that give you your reflection as if you are looking at a piece of polished metal. This means that the mirrors are not easy to see yourself in by modern standards, but in medieval times, even the wealthiest wouldn’t have had mirrors as we know them today as glass was so expensive. It is this attention to detail that has impressed me about Puy du Fou in general and in their accommodation. Every detail has been researched and attention paid, whilst making the rooms sympathetic to the modern consumer who will stay there. You get the feel of being steeped in history without the discomfort!
My family room at Les Îles de Clovis sleeps a family of 5. There is the double bed in the main room, which leads onto a pleasant balcony where you can look onto the water and see the fish that come up to greet you! There is also a sofa bed in the main bedroom if you need to use it as a bed – otherwise it is a great seat. Then there are bunk beds down the corridor, opposite the bathroom. The toilet and shower room are separate and there is a small wardrobe area to hand your clothes. The rooms have a pleasant temperature and the peace and tranquility that the surrounding nature brings is very calming.
Le Camp du Drap d’Or
The Camp du Drap d’Or is set in Tudor times with period tents as the rooms! I slept in a family room fit for a queen but this wasn’t camping as you know it – from the outside the rooms may look like canvas, but from the inside you’d think you were in a castle! A four poster bed is the first thing you notice as you enter and the walls are solid.
I slept in this cosy bed for the past two nights at @puydufou and had an excellent nights rest. Just as well…. the days are tiring but worth it. The shows you see at this park are immense. Worth a visit. @puydufou @britmums @are_we_nearly_there_yet_ @globetotting @charly_dove @extraordinarychaos @jhowze @_maris_world_ @jennygarberpr #puydufoufamilies #igersfrance #puydufou #nothingisordinary #littlestoriesofmylife #snaphappybritmums #photooftheday #livethelittlethings #positivevibesonly #everydayspecial #metime #weekendoff #roamtheplanet #neverstopexploring #bloggerlife #myhappyplace #theordinary #thatsdarling #thehappynow #travelblogger #britmumsinfluencer #familytravelblogger #familydaysout #daysout #review #fourposterbed #homedecor #homesweethome
There is a plumbed in separate toilet and shower room, it is just like being in any other hotel room, except it benefits from the unique festive adornment and attention to detail that Puy du Fou have made their trademark. There are 100 of these flamboyant portable palaces to stay in, just like Henry VIII would have stayed in back in the 16th century. These tents are truly magnificent with a whimsical air. I had two very comfortable nights staying here but one thing I did notice was that these tents had no natural daylight inside them making them dark. They do benefit from plenty of electric lighting, but I do like to see the outside sky, so I propped my door open with a stool to let the natural daylight in. The windows in the tudor tent were wood framed with stained glass inside, making them very regal, rich and grand, but alas they don’t let in the light!
Each hotel at La Cité Nocturne has its own 24 hour Reception, a buffet restaurant for your continental breakfast and also has free Wifi access. The Wi-fi in areas of the theme park and in the hotel grounds can be patchy, as the whole resort is so huge to cover. But the hotel reception, dining rooms and hotel rooms as well as the main shows in the park do have decent Wifi. Each hotel is set in a different historical period, so you can choose the kind of atmosphere you wish to stay in – here is a list of all the hotels in La Cité Nocturne:
LE LOGIS DE LESCURE
An 18th Century lodge with 4 suites.
A turreted castle from the Middle Ages.
LES ÎLES DE CLOVIS
A Medieval village – see above.
LE CAMP DU DRAP D’OR
A Tudor tent area – see above.
LA VILLA GALLO-ROMAINE
A hotel with 100 rooms from ‘Ancient Rome’.
Puy du Fou is located in Les Epesses in the heart of the Vendée region of Western France. It was approximately just over an hour’s drive from Nantes Atlantique Airport where we flew with easyJet from London Gatwick. The flight from the UK took an hour and France is one hour ahead of UK time. Visiting Puy du Fou would be very easy for UK holidaymakers and it is well worth a visit. There are of course other hotels and places to stay near the park, but I loved the hotels at the park and after an exhausting day of walking round (the park is massive!) It is nice to only have a short walk to your accommodation to freshen up. I will tell you more about Puy du Fou in another blog post but for a unique and comfortable stay in this region, it’s well worth checking out La Cité Nocturne at Puy du Fou.
For more information about Puy du Fou visit their website: www.puydufou.com
For more about the Puy du Fou hotels, see here.
I visited Puy du Fou with 6 other bloggers as part of a team of BritMums influencers. You can read posts from the other bloggers below!
Thank you to BritMums and Puy du Fou for hosting me on this trip for the purpose of this review.