[NOTE: We've moved this discussion from the thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8586... -- The Chowhound Team]
I must say, I'm fascinated and a bit confused by your interest in the Relais and Chateau designation. Isn't that just a marketing association, not a reviewer like Michelin? Don't you join by submitting an application and paying a fee? Isn't it more of an association of hotels and their restuarants than it is restuarants per se?