for what we wanted.
We booked here on a whim but were really pleased that we did. After spending 3 weeks travelling in France we decided to have an overnight stay in St Malo before the 10.30 am ferry back to Portsmouth. We requested parking as we had heard some stories about UK vehicles being a soft target at ferry terminals particularly when you have done your "shopping". OK it was 10E but it was in a secure underground carpark...bargain for peace of mind!!
We found the hotel easily enough and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Yes they do speak English but they were prepared for me to have a go in French!! We had a couple of bikes that had to come off the car. I was happy with them in the garage but Sylvie opened up a storage spot for us.
The hotel is new and as a result benefits from a fresh appearance. The place was spotless, the room was excellent and whilst at the front it was quiet. (there are building works going on but nothing was happening while we were there.
It was a 10-15 minue walk into historic St Malo. It is an easy walk, we did it twice in the same day, and it gives you great access to the shops, bars and restaurants and culture of the city.
Sadly we did have one downside which took the gloss of our stay. The hotel were short staffed in the morning and along with a ravenous coach party the breakfast area looked like it had experienced a swarm of locusts!! There was very little of anything left at 8am and the staff struggled to get the room back into fashion for guests coming down afterwards. Shame really as it would have been straight 5s on my ratings.
We will come back.
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- A Hearty Welcome Whether you are organising a professional event or you simply want to enjoy a family holiday in Brittany, the team at Mercure Hôtel Balmoral St Malo is at your service.Built in 2010, Best Western Balmoral offers you the comfort of a three star hotel (air conditioned rooms, private parking etc.) and all the modern amenities you require (free Wi-Fi, free national telephone, television with pay per view facility etc.). Along with its ideal location, our hotel is the perfect landing point for a new way of discovering Brittany! ... more less
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