Secret Hotels of the Dordogne
The Dordogne River valley is one of the most beautiful areas in France—and there are plenty of stylish hotels where even a weak dollar goes far.
GETTING THERE The Dordogne River valley is within the area known as Périgord, and the French use the terms interchangeably. The flights from Paris–Orly to Bordeaux are about an hour long; you can rent a car in Bordeaux and drive to Périgueux in about 90 minutes. You might also take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Bordeaux (three hours), or a regular train to Brive-la-Gaillarde (four hours) or Souillac (4½ hours), and then rent a car. Driving from Paris to Souillac via the autoroute (a toll highway) takes approximately five hours.
RATES All rates are for two people staying in high season (generally mid-June through mid-September). Many Dordogne hotels offer an option called half pension, which covers the room, breakfast, and dinner. The half-pension menu is usually more limited than the regular one. Unless otherwise specified, the hotels in this article close from the beginning of November through Easter.