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“Can plain be magical? Yes!”
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La Vieille Auberge
Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Mont-Saint-Michel
Spring, Texas
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“Can plain be magical? Yes!”
Reviewed 11 August 2011

While most of the negative points of the reviews for this hotel are true-yes, it is not fancy, yes it could use an upgrade, yes it could be cheaper, yes there are STAIRS- the fact of the matter is that you could not spend the night in a more magical location. We were out and about and exploring till late into the night-we had a full moon which made the whole evening of trails and pathways feel like something out of Harry Potter, ate a lovely dinner and came back to the room exhausted and slept like rocks. In the morning at 6am sharp the melodious cathedral bells began to clang. They are LOUD being right in front of out terrace, but they are BEAUTIFUL! We got up, drank a bottled water in our pajamas on the terrace, listened to the bells and watched the sun come up. What a beautiful beginning to another day of adventure. People who complain about this kind of noise have forgotten to look for the beauty of new experiences.
When we return, and we will, for we were there on the one weekend that the tide did not rush in, we will stay here again, smile at the awkward little room at the the top of the stairs, but grin from ear to ear at the view off the terrace and the greeting of the cathedral bells.

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  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

unfortunately, our trip to the mont was super last minute and everything was booked! we wanted to stay inside the walls, and the last room available was in this hotel...yikes! if in a desperate situation, it's tolerable, barely. its cleanliness was definitely not up to par...we did get quite a few laughs out of it though...beware, to those that are light sleepers....there is a bell, that rings, all the time, forever!!! and its pretty much directly in front of the rooms... the only redeeming fact was waking up in the mont... if have alternative, seek it!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, MN
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92 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2010

We stayed in the "annex" of La Vielle Auberge, which is a building across the street from the hotel. To get to the room, we needed to walk up several small cobblestone paths toward the abbey. (Bring a small suitcase!) The entrance to the building has a great view up to the abbey.

The room was small and basic, but comfortable. The small window overlooked the main "street" and the bay. The room included a new flat-screen TV with a few English channels.

Several hotels in Mont St. Michel are owned/operated by the same people. La Vielle Auberge was actually closed when we arrived so we needed to go the Hotel St. Pierre to check in. Because the hotel was closed, we couldn't get access to the internet. Also, it seemed that the restaurants in town closed early (10 pm) on a Friday night.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Blair, Nebraska
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

We stayed elsewhere on the island, which is a "must do". The food on the island is bad,bad, bad! We stopped here after wlking up to the Monestary and wanted a drink, the doors were open with 5-6 employee's, they showed us to a table, we ordered drinks, which were over-priced compared to other restaurants on the island, I paid and never received any change, I was due 11 Euro's, roughly $15, and way too much to tip for the total bill. I asked for my change and it quickly showed up along with, you need to leave the restaurant we are closing. This was at 530pm. Understanding too that most restaurants do not serve Dinner until 700pm in France wherever you go. We all thought this was very rude unlike everyone else in France had been towards us on this 7 day vacation. We departed but did not like the treatment we received. It may be a bargain to stay here but you cannot get a drink whenever you want.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

My wife and I stayed here one night in May during a month long visit to France. I had read enumerable terrible reviews of hotels (and restaurants) on Mont St. Michel, so my expectations were properly reduced. However, I had also read that one should stay on the mount and that was absolutely the best advice we could have been given. Stay on the mount!! Come late in the day (preferably after 4:00 p.m. when the tour buses are starting to leave) and leave in the morning (before they arrive), but stay on the mount! With the tourists gone in the evening and the early morning, you have the place to yourself and it is magical! It is a world class site for a reason but the mass of tourists during the midday will make it feel more like Disneyland. We arrived around 5:00 p.m. and immediately dumped our luggage in our room and headed to the abbey. The last admission is at 6:00 p.m. We got in about five minutes before and, as a consequence, were the last people to go through it. It takes about an hour and they keep it open for an hour after it closes its doors. Having a medieval masterpiece to yourself is a unique experience. But as to the hotel, we stayed in room 201 of the “annex” of the La Vielle Auberge Hotel. The hotel itself is on the main street but they have some extra rooms a ways up the hill. Ours was a simple but reasonably comfortable room way up the mount almost to the entrance to the abbey. Very small and nothing fancy but clean and adequate with a functional bathroom. We had a small patio with a view over the bay. We were not far from the bell tower of St. Pierre, which rang softly during the night (and louder during the day). It was not a problem for us. We took our meals at Auberge St. Pierre, which seems to handle bookings and other things for La Vielle Auberge. Because of the bad reviews on restaurants, we opted for half board. It was 100 Euros/person for room, dinner (without wine) and breakfast. And the dinner was actually just fine. Because the room was such a hike, we took what we needed for the evening and the next morning and left the rest of our stuff (out of sight) in the car which was parked in the closest lot on the causeway. (You need to tell the person at the entrance to the parking area that you are spending the night in a hotel on the mount in order to get into the closest lot.) I had worried a little bit about security, but the woman at the hotel said it would not be a problem and it wasn’t. All in all, our overnight Mont St. Michel experience was a treasure.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Reviewed 1 September 2009

Stayed one evening at La Vieille Auberge (Wed 8/26) and had pre-reserved a room using their website. The website won't actually let you book the room, you have to use email, but we had no issues. The emails were very detailed back and forth.

We arrived right at check in time (1pm) and the host walked us to our room. We did have to climb about 10 steps and the room was nessled away in an old building. Very 'primative', but we really liked where it was located (beside the church (not the abbey) and a cemetary).

The room itself was very basic. Wall paper on the walls and a very small bathroom. I'm a fairly thin female and the shower was a tight squeeze - so beware. No toiletries provided other than a bar of soap.

Bed was pretty comfortable, not the best, but okay for just one night. Bedroom door had a very solid lock which made us feel very safe.

Window opened and a nice cool breeze came directly in. Our room overlooked the main street. It was room 207. We did have ear plugs and they were needed since it was noisy a night (with folks speaking) and in the morning when the restauarant staff getting ready for the day.

Our goal really, was to have a safe / comfortable place to sleep for one night while we were at Mont St Michele and for 85 Euro a night, this is what you get. It was just fine for us and meet our needs.

We did not eat at the restuarant that they also own.

Strees in Mont St Michele are VERY crowded and I personally would recommond staying overnight so you can walk around a night after everyone has left the island.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Denver
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 18 June 2009

We were there on May 31. This hotel was ok even though the bathroom was so outdated and so small that it barely fits one person. But overall we didn't have a problem for a one night stay. After I reading lots of feedback on Mont st michele I was really expecting to see and feel serenity after all the tourists are gone at night. But this island became so commercalized we saw people until late night. Early morning was a true gem in here, with absolutely empty streets (except cleaning crew)like the whole island is asleep.
People started filling up the main street around 9. We truly enjoyed staying on the island and exploring at night. I'd like to visit again someday when tide comes in. I'm sure that is something worthy to watch.
And I Iike to say one thing, all the feedback I've read about how hard a climb it is to the hotel from the parking lot about lots of walking, steep, be prepared, etc we made sure we were prepared for a tough climb. Somehow It scared me greatly. But It turned out to be a complete joke. I was ready to go on long climb but our hotel was already in front of us after few minutes of simple walking. The whole island is walking distance. We climbed the entire island from top to bottom so many times in one afternoon.
So for those who complain about walking here, you must be so out of shape. I'd love to see Mont st michele again someday.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Property: La Vieille Auberge
Address: rue Principale, 50170 Mont-Saint-Michel, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Manche > Mont-Saint-Michel
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Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Mont-Saint-Michel
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Hotel Class:2 star — La Vieille Auberge 2*
Number of rooms: 198
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