During the day, Mont St. Michel is like medieval Disneyland, with tourists everywhere. The main street is crowded with bus tours, and despite its beauty, one could be anywhere. Once the tourists leave about 5 o'clock, however, the Mont returns to its medieval roots.
Staying on the Mont give you the opportunity to experience this World Heritage site for yourself. The Hotel du Guesclin was very convenient to the car park (took us less than five minutes), and the staff were helpful and English-speaking. They even understood and assisted us when we had to leave much earlier than expected. Our room overlooked the ramparts and the bay, which was quiet and peaceful. We were able to witness sunset and sunrise from our room, which was breathtaking.
We didn't eat at the restaurant, opting for another restaurant nearby, but the views looked like the ones from our room, so we weren't too worried.
Our room was small and a bit threadbare, but clean, and the bathroom looked as if it had been very recently updated. The price was amazing for the location.
One tip, however, if arriving by car, put what you need for the night in a small bag and leave the rest of your luggage in the trunk (covered well, of course). We followed this advice from Rick Steves and were glad we did -- it would have been terrible trying to drag our suitcases up the narrow, crowded, and cobblestoned street.
- Also Known As:
- Du Guesclin Hotel