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“Great Stay in a Wonderfully-Repurposed Building”
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Hotel Sozo
Ranked #4 of 108 Hotels in Nantes
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Great Stay in a Wonderfully-Repurposed Building”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

We were very happy with our stay at the Sozo. We were there for six nights. The staff were just so friendly and courteous and knowledgeable. I had communicated with them prior to our arrival for restaurant recommendations and they didn't disappoint. There is wonderful art all over the main floor and the lobby is very cozy to just sit and read or interact with other guests. The WiFi is fast and reliable.

Yes, the rooms are relatively small (but just how much time do you plan on spending in your room?). The beds were real comfortable, the bathroom is small and the shower works just fine. And if you run out of Nespresso you only need to call the front desk for more.

Breakfast is served in a small but bright room off the lobby. Fresh-squeezed juices, fruits, pastries/bread, etc. are available.

The hotel is literally minutes from the main train station (and a beautiful walk through the Jardin des plantes de Nantes) and within walking distance of most attractions. A tram line (#1) is in front of the station and will connect to other lines all around the city.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: we had a "Tentation" room on the 3rd floor. Very quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Stayed 2 nights at the end of August. Had chosen this hotel for its originality (being in a converted church) everything about this hotel is small and neat! We had a standard room, just big enough for a large double bed, bedside tables, a chair and small desk on which was situated a Nespresso machine (nice touch! but only 2 capsules, 1 milk and paper cups! yuck!!!) There was a ridiculously small glass sided cupboard big enough to hang 3 shirts, a safe and a shelf.

The bathing area, a shower, tiny basin and counter, was semi screened by a floor to ceiling radiator. There was a very small separate toilet directly off the bedroom.The bed was very comfortable and had decent full sized pillows. I slept very well.

There is a beautiful park opposite but nothing else close by. The tramway runs at the bottom of the street and provides a very reasonable way to get around. But it really wasn't a nice area to walk in at night, I would not have felt comfortable out alone.

The breakfast was expensive for what you got and considering the price of the rooms, they really should include it in the price. Bar prices on the high side too. I must say, that all the staff we encountered were all very attentive and knowledgeable.

Room Tip: Perhaps ask what they have available before you chose a price.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

Rooms, service and attention to detail were excellent, but if you're going to have nespresso machine in the rooms have more that 2 pods, or even some back up instant...great otherwise. Well worth stating. Would definitely use again

  • Stayed August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

I was disappointed with the size of the rooms at this hotel. It is a cool concept given it is a converted chapel. However I found the pictures on the website to be a bit misleading. We stayed it the most expensive room in the hotel thinking we would be treating ourselves. It really was not value for money. We definitely expected more given it was the number one ranked hotel on tripadvisor. It is not located in the most central area of Nantes. It is a good 20min walk from the centre. At nighttime not the nicest walk in the world. On the plus side the staff and decor is pretty amazing. The lady that checked us in could not have been nicer.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Genuine hospitality, meticulous service…
We found this boutique hotel via their website and it was the final stop for our journey from the south of France before returning to the UK. We arrived late in the evening however nothing was too much trouble for the owner; they prepared a late snack for us with some good wine!
The hotel itself is fabulous, cleverly mixing the old with the modern. The room was comfortable and well equipped and this hotel is also very pet friendly! Our ‘Petit Chien’ was made very welcome with a nice bed to sleep on!
We will definitely be returning…

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Sozo is an excellent hotel established in an old chapel, which is tastefully renovated in modern style á la Charles Eames, thus it is a lovely melange between old and new. Our room had an impressive glass in lead window as a nice finishing touch. The staff is very friendly and helpful and we were recommended a very nice little bistrot 'Nantais' next to the castle. I would definitely stay here again.

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Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

Wonderful hotel - would visit again without hesitation. The service was superb - nothing was too much trouble. The room was beautiful. We stayed in the Temptation room with stained glass window. Of course, it wasn't the biggest room we'd stayed in...but compared to the 6 other hotels we stayed in on this trip it was by far the most superior. The character was wonderful. The little touches were great - lots of toiletries, the Nespresso machine, breakfast in bed - made for a very comfortable stay.

If you're travelling to Nantes - go. You absolutely will not regret it.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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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
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Ranked #4 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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