We stayed at the Gradlon in Quimper, France for 6 nights in August 2013. The staff was very welcoming and spoke more than enough English to be able to communicate with American and UK guests. The location was under five minutes to the center of the old town...you can actually see the wall of the old city from the front of the hotel.
Our room and bathroom were both very clean and the bathtub very generous. I like the fact that the toilet was separated, as it is in most European bathrooms. The bathroom area, in general, was what I would consider large by European standards and sort of high-average by American. The only downside of our bathtub, was that the sprayer was handheld and didn't have a cradle for it at head level so you had to either take a bath or hold the sprayer while trying to wash your hair. I'm sure the Europeans are much more adept at this than Americans!
While there, we did not eat at the hotel for any meals, but we used their free wifi services. The wifi is annoyingly slow. Half the time it was not even OK for checking email and weather, forget anything on youtube. I understand that this is a vacation destination and we weren't there to be using our computers, but after dinner and before bed, my husband wanted to watch a few guitar lessons on youtube to wind down, and was continually frustrated. I was trying to research information on nearby towns and museums and was also becoming exasperated with the time it took for even simple web pages to load. It was so slow that I would almost consider this a deal breaker, but for some, Internet access isn't really critical. For us, it's how we research and plan during our trips away. There is only so much you can do in advance.
Parking on the street is free and there is usually something close by on the main drag. If you would like to have a guaranteed space in the hotel lot, you need to call and book that ahead. I did not realize this, but thankfully street parking was not an issue when we were there. You can easily pull up on to the sidewalk and put on your hazards for unloading and loading luggage.
Another lovely feature of this hotel is their public space. The lobby, bar, breakfast room and patio are wonderful. They have books and games and it is all very welcoming and comfortable.
The bed in our room was two twins locked together so my husband and I enjoyed the elusive king-sized bed which is hard to find in Europe. The rooms also have a tea service, which we used every day. Perhaps it was just the time we were here, but the hotel is VERY quiet. Loved that! Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Quimper and would most definitely recommend the Gradlon.
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- Also Known As:
- Gradlon Hotel Quimper