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“Cozy hotel in unique resort area” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Le Nautilus
Ranked #2 of 81 Hotels in Saint-Malo
Certificate of Excellence
Concord, NC
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Cozy hotel in unique resort area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2009

The Hotel Le Nautilus is a nice little hotel in the romantic walled resort area of St. Malo. We really enjoyed the town and the hotel. The manager, Gaston, was very pleasant and guest friendly. The room was small but fresh and spotlessly clean. The hotel was a great value! I was surprised how inexpensive it was in a resort area for the start of high season. We would have spent another night if we did not have reservations in another area of France.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2009

We stumbled across Le Nautilus from this site when we planned a visit to St. Malo a year ago and have just returned from our third stay there (evenly bravely taking the parents!). Preferring to spend our money on lovely food and good wine we are always on the look out for a great bargain and Le Nautilus is it. The rooms whilst slightly basic are immaculate and cleaned every day. Such an amazing location being in the old walled city that you can't go wrong (especially at the price!). The owners are very hospitable and it feels like going to stay with old friends.

Oh, and free wifi :)

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mike K
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2009

Stayed here for one night. Staff were very friendly and helpful, spoke perfect English. The hotel is nice and handily located. While Saint Malo does seem one of the more expensive towns in France, I find it a bit surprising that this hotel won a Top Value award, considering I paid pretty much the same for a nice hotel room in central Paris. They have the 4 basic UK TV channels. The rooms are nice. I'd stay here again if I was in Saint Malo.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank John236
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HOTEL_Le_Nautilus, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Nautilus, responded to this review, 23 June 2009
Thank you for this nice comment.
However we think there is a mistake because your are comparing the prices to our hotel (single room from 49 to 55 Euro) with an other hotel in Paris with higher prices (single room from 70 to 120 Euro). It could be harmful for us and the Customers.
Sincerely yours
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Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2009

We were running late and one of the owners waited for us to make sure we had our keys. The room was small, but clean and all I needed for our stay. The bathroom was bright and spotless. The flat screen TV was a nice touch. The location is fine. It's an easy walk to any restaurants or shops. We came back one afternoon, sat in the bar area and watched an interview with Jerry Lewis on TV! We each had a glass of wine - very reasonably priced. Both the owners are friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MBJKentucky
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Fontainebleau, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Nautilus after she found it here on trip advisor, I have to say it seemed too good to be true. The price makes this hotel the best value I have had in all my time here in Europe, it is right in the middle of everything in the Intra-Muros, you can get to every attraction, restaurant, fort...etc. within a five to ten minute walk and to top it off, the staff will bend over backwards to make sure you have a good stay.
We checked in after getting lost in town since there are renovation at several access points to the old city there is only one road in and out and my GPS led me to one of in repair access points. There is pretty much no parking inside the city its a pedestrian village with the occasional car coming in and out shuttling hotel guests, etc. So we had to park outside the city walls, basically a five minute walk, thankfully the hotel sells parking day passes which allowed us to come in and out as we pleased.
The rooms are nice and clean (we stayed in room 8), small but everywhere here in France they are the same size. It's a historic building, very cozy. My wife, baby and I slept on the bed, think it was a queen sized.
But there is so much to see and do and most importantly eat in Saint Malo that you really should not be spending too much time inside your room. We called up the front desk for our baby milk to be heated about 5 times a day and they were always very helpful and nice, asked for restaurant recommendations and they were always very helpful. I think we probably kept them a bit busier than most guests but they were always very professional and very friendly, and after having stayed in the Paris area so often, friendly is something you really appreciate in a hotel. This town and this hotel are two of the most positive experiences I have had in France in the past year I have lived here. As a hotel it is average, the main thing about the Nautilus the service, the people there are what makes it excellent.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank papalolo
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Australia
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21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2009

I booked this having read the reviews on this site. THe hotel was as described. A small hotel in the old town, so close to lots of restaurants, the small supermarket is round the corner, and just a few minutes from the walls and beach.

The room was small, but what I expected, the bed has a foam mattress not a sprung one so perfectly adequate but not the most comfortable sleep. THe shower is small- again adequate but beware if you are a tall larger guy.

Breakfast was a straightforward continental style, with fresh croissants from the bakery- beware if you wake up early the smell wafts upstairs and makes you hungry.

In summary a good value no frills hotel within the walls of the old town.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Di_08
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HOTEL_Le_Nautilus, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Nautilus, responded to this review, 23 June 2009
Thank you for this nice comment.
The grading is a big disappointment for us and It seems do not match wtih the comments.
This room for 1p measure 12m2. We know it's not big but it's the 2 stars standard and the price was 55 Euro per night (not 130 to 180 Euro). But we understand the comment from someone usually go on 4* or 3* hotel.
The shower is not big, we agree. For bigger room and bigger shower in our hotel, please choose a king or queen size at 65 Euro.
Regarding the bedding, it is new. We selected the best we could find : It's Bultex mattress (medium). We are so sorry for anyone would prefer mattress with sprungs.
The credo of our hotel are : the value, the cleanliness and the welcome.
Sincerely yours
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Montreal, Canada
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2009

We stayed there for 3 nights in April and I have got to say that it's one of the rare hotels in Europe where they actually about you enjoying your stay. The room was small but the decoration was great and it felt intimate. I much rather have a smaller room well decorated than a large lifeless one. The hotel was also extremely clean so no complaints there. The location of the hotel is great. It's in the intra muros which means that the hotel is inside the walls of the city.

Our friend stayed at the nearby Anne de Bretagne and it wasn't half as good as this one. When Internet went down during our stay, they hired a guy right away to fix it. At the Anne de Bretagne, they just told us that theirs was down. If you're staying in St-Malo, don't hesitate and go there, you won't regret it. It's not the top rated first for nothing. The only downside is that you can only book by email and not by using a site like expedia.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Fantomg
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Property: Hotel Le Nautilus
Address: 9 rue de la Corne de Cerf, 35400, Saint-Malo, France
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Region: France > Brittany > Ille-et-Vilaine > Saint-Malo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Saint-Malo
#1 Family Hotel in Saint-Malo
#4 Best Value Hotel in Saint-Malo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Le Nautilus 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inside the old town close to the sprawling beaches, you will find the Nautilus cherished haven of the buccaneers of St Malo, a resting place before returning to sea. Open all the year, the Nautilus, 2 stars hotel, offers 15 welldecorated non smoking rooms with ensuite facilities and a private bar. In this classified historical building, you will appreciate the warm welcome of the Nautilus crew, every passenger can expect a faultless service. ... more   less 
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