England select luxury Chantilly base as team hotel for Euro 2016 - but what is its TripAdvisor rating?

The Auberge du Jeu de Paume is a £500-per-night stay

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It's just mere days since England became the first team to book their place at Euro 2016. Now, they've become the first team to book their hotel.

Despite the Football Association recently making a quarter of its staff redundant, no expense has been spared for Roy Hodgson's boys, who will be staying in the Auberge du Jeu de Paume - a five-star, £500-per-night lodging based in Chantilly, north-east of Paris.

It is, according to the hotel's website, "where luxury and tradition meet in timeless perfection, where premium materials and expertise come together to create elegance and sophistication”. If you're struggling to picture it, think of a Jonjo Shelvey and James Milner midfield.

 

The website also notes the hotel's two Michelin star restaurant, meaning players may be tempted to leave personal chefs at home.

The discerning head coach, meanwhile, should enjoy a stroll around the nearby Condé museum, which houses France's second largest collection of paintings behind the Louvre.

All well and good, but in the era of web 2.0, an official website is not the place to go to get a true impression of any establishment. A more accurate impression comes in the form of the dreaded, sometimes delightful customer reviews.

What does TripAdvisor say?

Thankfully for the England team, TripAdvisor's picture of Auberge du Jeu de Paume generally matches up to the hotel's reputation.

It's the best-ranking lodging in the Chantilly region, with a highly commendable average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Many customers cannot speak highly enough of their experience.

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And although you'll always get a few unhappy clients...

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...bad reviews reviews are few and far between.

While it may seem ominous that Spain stayed there during the 1998 World Cup and promptly went out in the group stage, the hotel and the region of Chantilly were selected because of their proximity to Paris, where the tournament's final is scheduled to be played.

If England make it that far and, by some miracle, win the European Championships, perhaps we'll look back on this as the first important call of the national team's campaign, as the rock on which Roy built his all-conquering church. Or perhaps not.

 

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