La Baule fancies itself as a very upmarket location, and is spread out over a huge length of bay, with a multiplicity of apartment blocks and hotels. The Brittany Hotel is well located for the beach, being about 100 yards back from the main drag. We had not realised that 'Free public parking at a location nearby' meant you simply parked on the road as and where you could - not always an easy task in a large resort with extensive parking restrictions and meters.
The hotel receptionist [who was a gorgeous double of a young Shirley Bassey!] was very helpful however, and even offered to let us have her parking space outside the hotel when she clocked off. In the event, spaces appeared at around 5:30 and we were able to move from the meter we were on.
The hotel is in a traditional style of building with corresponding furniture and artworks etc. The accommodation is air conditioned and the rooms have all the facilities you would expect including TV and a well fitted en suite bathroom. The only downsides were that (i) we were unable to generate any heat in the room on what turned out to be quite a chilly [July!] night because the hotel apparently controls whether heating or cooling is available- not you; (ii) there is no lift - so beware those with heavy cases; and (iii) the location is very much in a residential area with few restaurants in the vicinity. We walked around for about 45 minutes and found only three or four, so we ended up eating at a rather expensive pizza place on the beach. This was not what I had in mind in terms of eating in La Baule, which I had visited once before when I had found a number of very good restaurants. However, on that occasion I had been staying at the western end of the bay, not in the middle section of it where the Brittany is located.
Breakfast was good and included a comprehensive range of continental fare and there was complimentary WiFi in the room.
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