La Cote Saint Jacques          

 14, Faubourg de Paris 89300 Joigny − France

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Gastronomy, well-being and conviviality at the gates of the Burgundy region

The Côte Saint-Jacques & SPA, Jean-Michel Lorain's gourmet restaurant, Relais & Châteaux hotel*****, is situated at the gates of the Burgundy region, one and a half hours from Paris. 

Nestled in an enchanting location and offering a superb view of the River Yonne, our establishment was founded by Marie Lorain almost 70 years ago. Here, luxury is synonymous with the warmth and hospitality of a family home.

The creative cuisine of Jean-Michel Lorain that has been rewarded by two Michelin stars, the refinement of painstaking service, its rooms of character, our exceptional spa : all the ingredients are gathered to make for a dream stay!

La Côte Saint Jacques

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A break in an enchanting place

Relaxation, charm and well-being

For a relaxing and restful break in the heart of a prestigious wine-producing region, at the Côte Saint-Jacques & SPA***** you will benefit from the 22 guestrooms and suites of character, an exceptional spa, a superb indoor swimming pool, and fine activities in the heart of Burgundy. Benefit from this exceptional setting to ensure the success of your family or business events!

Pleasure of the senses

In his gourmet restaurant with two stars in the Michelin Guide, Jean-Michel Lorain will take you on a discovery of the flavours he loves and marries according to the seasons, his imagination and his travels. He proposes a harmony of gay, colourful, playful and surprising dishes accompanied by wines that are specially selected by the house sommeliers.

You can even take advantage of memorable gastronomic activities with the Michelin-starred chef who will share his passion and his know-how with you.

The Côte Saint-Jacques is the assurance of a stay placed under the sign of an exceptional art of living.

Exceptional services

  • Reception in French, English, German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic & Portuguese.
  • Valet parking - possibility to pick you up at the train station in Joigny or at the heliport.
  • Air-conditioned guestrooms and suites.
  • Room service except from 1 to 6 a.m.
  • Buffet breakfast in the Orangery.
  • Gourmet restaurant, "Wellness restaurant" & Brunch.
  • Large wine cellar.
  • Local products and gift sets.
  • Summer and winter lounges, library.
  • Dedicated space for children.
  • Bar - notably to enjoy a collection of very fine Armagnacs.
  • 800 m² free access spa.
  • Panoramic view of the River Yonne.
  • River and nature activities.
  • Conference space for meetings and seminars (two equipped rooms, capacity for 60 persons).
  • Discovery of the Chablis wine & Burgundy region.



In 1945,

Marie Lorain, a seamstress but also a very good cook, opened a small boarding house in Joigny, in a beautiful bourgeois home. The establishment was named after the hill which overlooks it, the Côte Saint-Jacques.

Born the youngest of four children in 1934, Michel Lorain chose a career in the kitchen after an apprenticeship as a pastry chef.

In 1958,

he took up the reins of the family business with his wife Jacqueline and proposed a simple, regional cuisine.

With the creation of the nearby A6 motorway, the small inn was transformed into a high quality restaurant, which was recognized throughout the region.

In 1971,

he was awarded its first Michelin star, and then a second in 1976.

Jacqueline Lorain became a confirmed sommelier, one of the first women to succeed in the traditionally male-dominated world of winemaking.

In 1977,

the Côte Saint-Jacques became a member of the Relais et Châteaux association, and of Tradition et Qualité. That year, it also received three red toques from Gault and Millau.

In 1983,

After a secondary school degree in science and apprenticeships with Troisgros in Roanne, Claude Deligne (Taillevent in Paris) and Fredy Girardet (in Crissier, Switzerland), Jean-Michel Lorain permanently joined his father and climbed the ranks of the Côte Saint-Jacques kitchen brigade.

In 1986,

Michel Lorain obtained three Michelin stars and at the age of 27, Jean-Michel, who had actively participated in this adventure, became the youngest chef in France to obtain this supreme distinction.

In 1993,

Jean-Michel was named Chef of the Year by Christian Millau, who granted him the almost perfect mark of 19.5/20.

In 2000,

major work was undertaken to transfer the dining rooms to the banks of the River Yonne. It was at this time that the direction of the kitchen was formally handed from father to son.

With all these changes, the restaurant lost a Michelin star in 2001. It won the star back three years later and the Côte Saint-Jacques was reinstated into the very closed circle of the twenty-six best restaurants in France.

In 2007,

an exceptional spa was created with more than 800m² dedicated solely to well-being and relaxation.

In 2009,

the Côte Saint-Jacques was elected "best hotel restaurant in Europe" at the Prix Villégiature Awards. Jean-Michel Lorain thus followed Yannick Alléno – Le Meurice (2006), Didier Elena – Château les Crayères (2007) and Éric Fréchon – the Bristol (2008).

A team spirit

When you arrive at the Côte Saint-Jacques & SPA*****, it is not just a double-starred chef who will welcome you, but a whole team that is fully devoted to your well-being to ensure that your stay is a moment of pure delight.

In the spirit of Formula 1 Jean-Michel Lorain is driving his team.
Without this passionated team and rigorously trained, this race could not be won.

In Joigny, he has a team of 75 highly professional colleagues, first his wife Karine, who assists him with passion everyday.

Children are Warmly Welcomed!

It’s not always easy to come with your children to a Relais & Châteaux.

Young people are not forgotten at la Côte Saint-Jacques & Spa *****, and Jean-Michel Lorain gives particular attention to the dishes served and to the welcome given to them.

Thus, he has specially created an ”Initiation to gourmandise”, a menu dedicated for them, including a starter and a dessert offered by the chef, as well as a half dish or a dish selected from the menu.

They can enjoy their menu at the table with their parents, in their guestrooms with a baby-sitter if necessary, or even in the playroom which is entirely dedicated to them.

The Charm of our Maison de Famille

10 comfortable and calm rooms at the great value

It is here in the Lorain family’s birthplace where La Côte Saint Jacques was born 70 years ago.

Today we offer you another hospitality concept, maybe slightly simple, but always filled in with a spirit of sophistication, calm and modernity.

Connected to our Relais & Châteaux by the underground passage dug in 1985 by Michel Lorain, the rooms of La Maison de Famille offer an excellent value and a goof level of comfort, except air conditioning and river view.

You also have a free access to our wellness zone, garden and swimming pool.

Our Maison de Famille is not classified as a 5-star hotel.

Maison de Famille

Located in the "Maison de Famille" (our non-classified building)– No river view - No air conditioning. From 20 to 25 sqm. Possibility of 1 King or two twin beds. Sitting area with writing desk and armchairs. Bathroom with bath and shower (in some of them).

Superior Room

River view. Individually controlled air conditioning, refined decoration. 1 King or two twin beds, from 30 to 40 square meters. Sitting area with writing desk and sofa or armchairs, decorative fireplace (in some of them). 1 sofa bed may be possible for 1 or 2 persons, charge applies. 3 or 4 persons maximum.

Luxury Room

River view. Individually controlled air conditioning. 1 King or two twin beds, from 40 to 50 square meters. Refined decoration, decorative fireplace (in some of them), terrace or balcony (in some of them), sitting area with writing desk and sofa. 1 extra bed may be possible for 1 or 2 persons (rollaway), charge applies. 3 or 4 persons maximum.

Junior Suite

River view. Individually controlled air conditioning. 1 King or two twin beds, from 50 to 60 square meters. Refined decoration, decorative fireplace (in some of them), terrace, sitting area with writing desk and sofa. 1 sofa bed may be possible for 2 persons, charge applies. 4 Persons maximum.


River view. Individually controlled air conditioning. 1 King or two twin beds, 80 square meters. Bow windows, refined decoration, decorative fireplace (in some of them), terrace, sitting area with writing desk and sofa.

Junior Suite Deluxe Terrasse

River view – Between 40 and 50 sq.m – 2 persons maximum 1 King bed or 2 Twin beds. Exquisite design with a fireplace and a huge terrace. Spacious bathroom with bath tub and shower

The Cote Saint-Jacques & SPA***** offers twenty-two guestrooms and suites of character, each of which is decorated in a unique style. Their brightness, harmony of colours and luxurious materials will seduce you. 

In a peaceful setting that is conducive to rest, you will discover our beautifully designed furniture, signed by the French designer Philippe Hurel.

Enjoy the large terraces or private balconies overlooking the river or the garden for a real dream holiday.

Luxury for all expectations

The care taken in the appointments of each guestroom, worthy of Relais et Châteaux quality, is of course accompanied by efficient, discreet and warm service.

The Côte Saint-Jacques & SPA***** offers a range of guestrooms to meet all expectations.

Rooms Amenities and Features:

  • Spacious guestrooms equipped with a balcony or terrace.
  • Unique decoration gives each room its specific character: Burgundy stone, fireplace, monumental carpentry, bathroom on the terrace, etc.
  • Individual air conditioning for guestrooms with a view on the river.
  • King-size bed.
  • Wide-screen TV with satellite channels and Canal +.
  • Safe.
  • Minibar.
  • Bathrooms with shower and bath.
  • Separate W.C.
  • An afternoon snack is offered every day in the summer lounge, served from 3:30 5:30 p.m. with pastries, seasonal fruit, hot and cold drinks.

Form & Beauty

An exceptional spa at the gates Burgundy

The Côte Saint-Jacques & SPA***** wishes to cocoon its guests in an unforgettable experience, just as we do at the gourmet restaurant. Our 800 square-metre spa is organized on two levels that are entirely dedicated to well-being.

On the first level you will find a superb indoor pool, cloakrooms, a shop and a garden with a panoramic view of the River Yonne. On the lower floor you will enjoy a care centre with hammam, sauna, fitness room, rooms for massages and beauty.

A VIP room provides treatments for couples with a Japanese Ofuro bath. You will also find a room with a heated table, an affusion shower and private hammam, a nail bar and a makeup area.

The "Côte Saint Jacques" Spa is an exceptional one at the gates of Burgundy.

The Côte Saint Jacques spa: a beauty and well-being centre for a relaxing stay

In 2012, our spa was awarded the trophy from the best spa award by the Relais et Châteaux, which is no coincidence! With its decor combining natural elements - vegetation, pebbles, stone, glass - the atmosphere of the space is conducive to serenity and well-being, ideal to decompress.

From the twelve by six metre indoor swimming pool to the garden with a panoramic view of the River Yonne, the hammam with its multi-coloured starry sky to the fitness room and its top of the range equipment, you will be sure to add pleasure and relaxation to your stay.

Seminars and Events

Make all your events a success

Are you organizing a seminar? A business meal?
The 5-star hotel and 2-Michelin-starred restaurant of the Côte Saint-Jacques awaits you. Only one hour and fifteen minutes from Paris-Orly airport, with direct access by the A6 motorway and with a private heliport, our establishment is the dream venue for a successful event.

Your business meeting: attention and personalisation

Because your needs are specific, you will benefit from the attention of a single interlocutor who will take charge of the organization of your seminar or business meals from A to Z. From the room and meals to the activities and hardware, we take care of the smallest details.

At your service, we have:

  • A seminar room that can accommodate up to 60 people
  • A meeting room with a capacity of 10 people
  • These rooms are very bright and can be darkened for video projections
  • They are equipped with screens and projectors, flipcharts and a free Wi-Fi connection

Guests can also take advantage of the superb guestrooms and suites of the 5-star hotel, of their view on the River Yonne from their terraces and gardens, but also of the gourmet restaurant and the 800 square-metre spa.

You can also benefit from a wide range of activities in order to complete the organisation of your seminar in Burgundy:

  • Burgundy wine tasting with the Côte Saint Jacques wine stewards.
  • Cooking lessons.
  • Spa Cares.
  • Visits to prestigious vineyards.
  • Leisure outings (go-karting track, golf, laser clay shooting, blowguns, multi-activity challenges).

Yours events with family or friends

Maybe it's Valentine's Day? Or your wedding anniversary? Unless this is your honeymoon? Or a bridal shower?

The excellence of both our table and hotel contribute to make the Côte Saint-Jacques the ideal venue for the organization of meals with the family or between friends. We can guide you in your organization with a single interlocutor who will be at your service to respond to all your requirements. Among other things, we can:

  • Privatize a dining room.
  • Create tailor-made decoration.
  • Elaborate a menu.
  • Reserve guestrooms or suites.

The Côte Saint-Jacques & SPA ***** means the assurance of an absolutely unforgettable event among family or friends!


at La Côte Saint Jacques & SPA *****

The Boutique

Let’s discover the brand new Côte Saint-Jacques greedy Boutique with foodstuffs carefully selected by Jean-Michel Lorain.

Karine will be very happy to welcome you and will be a good counsellor for your purchases.

Our House Products

On the sweet side, indulge in our homemade sweets: macaroons, chocolates, caramels, nougat, marshmallows, jams and our specialty, the Dagmar.

And for the savouries, you can order not only our famous Côte Saint-Jacques black pudding, but also the smoked salmon, foie gras and the chutneys imagined and prepared in our kitchen.

Cooking lessons

Chef Jean-Michel Lorain is committed to transmit his passion for cooking. That is why he created the School of cooking almost 20 years ago.

The courses

The courses enable you to discover the gourmet universe of the Côte Saint-Jacques and to become acquainted with the major principles of today's cuisine, in a convivial atmosphere.

Three modules are proposed, which can be selected independently or together:

  • Discovery : on Monday afternoons (One monday per month, except on July and August, ask for our cooking lessons' planning and programs).
  • Demonstrationin the scholl of cooking, on request.
  • Immersion: on request (This module can be organized from Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, 6 people max.).

Wine tasting

After a tour in the cellar of La Côte Saint Jacques, our sommelier will offer you either a traditional or a blind wine tasting. He will comment on the tasting and will give you all the necessary explanations. The tasting is accompanied by cheese puffs and may serve as an appetizer.

Up to 14 people in the cellar.

Cocktails Creation Workshop

After a presentation, you will make two cocktails following the advice of our sommelier who will guide you and help you develop and decorate your glasses. You will then taste them and compare with those of other participants. You will receive recipe cards containing information about the products you have used.

Up to 10 people at the bar.


in the Region

Discover the Yonne off the beaten tracks

Live a unique experience on the Burgundy canals with Locaboat Holidays, a partner of the Côte Saint-Jacques and the European specialist of boat charter with no licence requirements.

With the Côte Saint-Jacques, you can benefit from:

  • A reduction of 20% for any charter of one week minimum.
  • A reduction of 15% for short charters of two to five days.

Golf Courses in Burgundy near Joigny

  • Roncemay Golf Course (18 holes) at Aillant sur Tholon (14 km from Joigny).
  • Clairis Golf Course (18 holes) at Savigny sur Clairis (33 km from Joigny).
  • Sénonais Golf Course (9 holes) at Lixy (45 km from Joigny).
  • Troyes Golf Course (18 holes) at Chaource (60 km from Joigny).
  • Tanlay Golf Course (9 holes) at Tanlay (72 km from Joigny).

For Your Children

Youmbao: In Appoigny (15 km) 

1300 m² indoor and outdoor park dedicated to children from 2 to 12 years old, on the theme of the jungle.

Slides, ball pools, mazes, walls to climb, a net bridge, bouncy castles, trampolines, etc.

  • Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
  • Open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday.
  • Open every day during school holidays.

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La Forêt de l’Aventure: In Laborde (30 km)

An expedition in the treetops, or how to discover the forest, its flora and fauna with the family thanks to its original adventure trail, accessible to all.

  • Attention: minimum height requirement of 1.10 meters.
  • Open from March to November from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in July and August open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Cyclorail of Puisaye: in Villiers Saint-Benoît (30 km)

Discover the natural landscape of Puisaye and get a little exercise at the same time. The bucolic atmosphere of the countryside, the impression of ease and speed, and the track with its bends and surprises are unforgettable.

  • Open every day on reservation.


Various Activities

  • Go-karts: Made in kart in Joigny (3 km).
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  • Water Skiing: Laroche (8 km).
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  • Horse Riding: Oxer of Joigny (5 km).
  • Bowling or billiards: At the 2 B in Monéteau (15 km).
  • Ice Rink: Cyber Glace in Monéteau (15 km).
  • Hot air balloons: Burgundy seen from the sky with France Montgolfières.

Gourmet Restaurant

A table of exception


Jean-Michel Lorain: a story of love and passion for cooking and his house!
This sublime table located less than 1 1/2 hours from Paris will not only excite your taste buds.

It will also transport you to an intimate universe, offering you a unique journey through the products that the chef transcends according to the season and his fancy.

 The creative force of the chef is based on a simple principle:

the real star of the dish is the product.

All the rest - technique, complexity, know-how - even if they are very important, must step into the background. Finally, all that must remain is the emotion and the true taste of each product.

The result is a cuisine that is cheerful, colourful, playful and surprising in its simplicity, and which travels between highly creative dishes and a few classics of the house of Lorain.

The Côte Saint-Jacques, with two stars in the Michelin Guide for more than 25 years, benefits from know-how that is recognized around the world.

"Cote Saint-Jacques" Brunch


To round off the Côte Saint Jacques Spa dedicated to wellness and relaxation, Jean-Michel Lorain opened a "Wellness" restaurant where you can enjoy light, balanced and tasty dishes.

Situated in the Orangerie, close to the Spa, with views of the river, this restaurant boasts a menu entirely dedicated to wellness and to the flavours and aromas of the world. A place where “low in calories” rhymes with gastronomy and tastiness with slimness!

It is open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday for lunch - 12.00 to 2.00 p.m. (last orders)

Wine Cellar

A meal at the Côte Saint Jacques, as at all of the Relais et Châteaux, is a veritable feast. It is important that you take the time to savour every moment of it.

For this purpose, Jean-Michel Lorain offers you two magnificent salons with very different atmospheres where you may decide to comfortably settle in, depending on the weather and on your spur of the moment desire to have a cordial or after-dinner drink, or simply a tea or coffee.

The first of these, very well-lit, opens broadly onto a wide terrace and the gardens. Whether from the inside, or from the outside on sunny days, you will enjoy the lush greenery of the banks of the Yonne.

The second, softer and more intimate, truly inspires relaxation following a gastronomic meal in Burgundy. An impressive selection of Armagnac is displayed by the bar and a library with more than 500 books on cooking and other fine works is at your disposal. You may leaf through them calmly by the fireside.


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Hotel: La Cote Saint Jacques

Address: 14, Faubourg de Paris 89300 Joigny

Region: Burgundy & Franche Comte

Country: France

Official website:

Telephone: +33 (0)

Fax: +33 (0)

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Private helipad
The Côte Saint-Jacques, disposes a helipad to facilitate your business or leisure travel in Burgundy.
The helipad is situated on the opposite bank of the River Yonne for safe landing.
The hotel valet will be pleased to pick you up at the heliport on your arrival and will accompany you back at the end of your stay or your lunch.
GPS position: 47° — 58’ – 870" N — 3° — 23’ — 204" E

Nearby airports
Orly Airport is at 1 1/4 hours, direct access by the A6 motorway. Take the Joigny exit.
Roissy Airport is at 2 hours, access by the A5 motorway and the Francilienne.
Joigny Airfield for light aircraft. Please specify your time of arrival to arrange pick up. Possibility of air-taxis, quotation on request.
Auxerre Branches Airfield (can accommodate a Boeing 737, 1650 m runway) 24h/24h.
Saint Florentin Airfield is at 20 min (1200 m runway).

By car
The Côte Saint-Jacques is situated 13 km from the A6 motorway. Exit 18 in the direction of Joigny, mid-way between Auxerre and Sens. It is approximately 1 1/2 hours from Paris.
From Dijon or Lyon: the hotel is 1 1/2 hours from Dijon and 3 hours from Lyon by the A6. Exit no. 19 Migennes - Joigny at 19 km.
From Belgium, Troyes, Reims or Calais: take the A5 motorway, Sens exit.
From Sens or Auxerre: the Côte Saint-Jacques is 20 minutes from the two cities by the RN 6.

Rail access
There is an SNCF station in Joigny, only 5 minutes from the Côte Saint-Jacques.
The journey from Paris (Bercy Station) to Joigny takes approximately 1 1/4 hours and there are many trains to Dijon or Lyon.
Depending on availability, the hotel valet will pick you up at the train station and drive you back. Otherwise, the hotel will order a taxi for you.

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