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“The most unique hotel with the best staff”
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Hotel Sozo
Ranked #3 of 108 Hotels in Nantes
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Carlsbad, California
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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“The most unique hotel with the best staff”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

My husband travelled to Nantes for business and I tagged along. He was originally booked for a chain hotel but when I found this here on TA, well, you know the rest.

With so many boutique hotels popping up everywhere, this was a real find! One of the best boutiques ever. It is so charming. Okay, yes, the rooms are small but not all rooms are created equal. We were there for 12 nights so the first room we were given was too small for that duration. If we were just passing through for couple of days, it would have been fine but not for 12. Still, I have to mention, the rooms are very functional and uses space well. Every room has a nespresso and they have really nice pressured showers, which is important to us.

The next day, one of the guys from the front desk asked me if the room was too small for us. I think he realized the room will not due for 12 days. So he showed me 2 rooms; 1 in the same price category that was bigger b/c it was the handicapped room but still much bigger and looked more comfortable than our original and the 2nd slightly more expensive but much roomier with a small and semi stocked fridge. I think we paid around $24.00 more nightly for the 2nd room. Definitely worth it! Even if your just passing through, upgrading is worth it! Our new room was wonderful with domed ceiling in a sunken room with a work desk on semi-second floor, 4 stairs, with an iPod dock, fridge, nespresso and work space. The heater in the room is so quiet and works wonders. The bathroom's still very small but the tub/shower is wonderful, especially after walking around in the cold rain.

I have to give one critique and that is the rooms need more shelves, closet space and hooks for towels and robes. That really is the only fault I can find.

As terrific as the hotel is, the staff, I mean everyone from the front desk, to the cleaning crew are the most helpful and friendliest people anywhere! We really enjoyed talking, learning and receiving recommendations from them. They provided for everything and more.

I had their breakfast buffet only twice. I think it's rather pricy for what it is but that's the going rate in most hotels so it is what it is and I can't criticize that. They don't have a kitchen so they don't cook anything there so the breakfast is very simple but with good quality croissants, baguettes, cured meats, cheese, hard boiled eggs and such. on couple evenings we didn't want to go out to eat so we ordered room service. Again, since there isn't a kitchen to cook, most of the food is just re-heated from other local places. However, if you just want cured meats and cheese, that was great with a bottle of wine.

We are hoping to return to Nantes and to Sozo. It was a great experience! I hope all the same staff members will be there if and when we go back.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Montreux, Switzerland
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Reviewed 29 December 2012 via mobile

Great choice. Building a hotel within an old church is a very original idea. To fully enjoy the experience you need to upgrade your booking. Rooms are small but very nicely arranged and equipped ( Nespresso machine, speakers and charger for IPod ). Staff is very friendly.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed 5 November 2012 via mobile

Great location just across from the botanical gardens and a short walk into the center of the city. This hotel is trendy. The front desk staff are fantastic. The rooms are modern, clean, comfortable beds and linens, nice touch with a Nespresso in the room. We were very comfortable here and look forward to our return toward the end of our visit to France.

  • Stayed October 2012
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london
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

Well, there is no air conditioning but you are inside a medieval church. The rooms look lovely but on the small side, the service impecable. I arrived really late and when they found out nothing on the menu grabbed my attention they offered me a delicious selection of cheese. The wine was excellent, a very good breakfast. I will stay again, but not sure how good it will be in the middle of the summer.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

Interesting hotel - good location - have stayed in better in France at this price - unfortunately our stay was marred by inconsiderate noisy and energetic fellow guests (you know who you are) so would suggest soundproofing not brilliant. no climate control - recycled air blown into rooms unfortunately smell of smoking - again inconsiderate guests not sure if it was the energetic ones but am guessing so - guess we were just unlucky............

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Blewbury, Oxfordshire
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

This striking, modern boutique hotel is built in an old church. It’s located next to the lovely botanical garden, close to the station, and not far from the chateau and the cathedral. If you need to go farther afield there’s a very good, modern tram service from the station. Occasionally the hotel’s modern design and fittings forget about form following function, but it mostly works. The reception/bar area is very striking and attractive. We had one of their simpler rooms, and it was fine – good bed, bright overall lighting (though the bedside lights were too dim to read by on their own), nice bathroom fittings including a large tub with a good shower in it, free wifi, a Nespresso coffee maker and a kettle for tea, large flat-screen TV, iPod dock gadget, a safe, etc. The staff were friendly and helpful on where to go, how to get there, restaurants, etc. The room price is not low, but deals such as the early booking one we got are available. The buffet breakfast may look expensive, but we can’t remember a better, higher-quality breakfast anywhere in France.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

The staff were very welcoming and helpful at all times. The breakfast was excellent and very good value for the quality. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The location next to the Jardin des Plantes gave a nearby space for relaxing and it was only a 10-15 walk into the town centre. For travellers arriving by train the main station is only a 5- min walk. The convent in which it is located has been tastefully restored with every modern facility. WiFi was free and effective. Parking available on site was secure and at a reasonable charge.

Because of its history as a convent the room was a little on the small side - but not excessively so. There was no air conditioning but we were offered a fan on arrival.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Sozo

Property: Hotel Sozo
Address: 16 rue Frederic Cailliaud, 44000, Nantes, France
Region: France > Pays de la Loire > Loire-Atlantique > Nantes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 108 Hotels in Nantes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sozo 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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