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Best Western Hotel De La Plage
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Saint-Nazaire
La Crescenta, California
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“Paid a visit to Mr. Hulot”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

On my first night of this visit to France I wanted to make a bit of a pilgrimage in honor of my late parents to the place where Mr. Hulot's Holiday was filmed as that was their favorite. The weather in Paris was fantastic but as I got further west the clouds were getting dark and it began to rain. Just at i arrived in the town of St. Nazaire my GPS went dead and I since I had GPS this trip I left my Michelin map at home. It was dark, rainy, and I was lost. I phoned a friend and she looked it up online and did her best to guide me in. Strangely, the roads in St. Nazaire are not parked as well as most other regions in France and it was quite difficult finding the place. When I did arrive the hotel was immaculate, the rooms were modern and clean, and the restaurant downstairs was going full-tilt. Lots of fantastic seafood in an Italian style preparation was being served. The lobby staff was really great and breakfast the next morning was pretty complete.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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hdlpSaintNazaire, GHP Hotels at Best Western Hotel De La Plage, responded to this review, 17 January 2014
Dear Guest,

It is a real pleasure to read your commentary and we thank you for your message.

Saint Marc sur Mer is a very small and lovely place of Saint Nazaire that's why it is a quite difficult to find us!!! It is just to keep secret the famous place where the movie has been made!!

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again for an other stay with the sun!!

Best Regards
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We have known St Marc over the years. It has grown a lot and the hotel is now part of the Best Western chain.
The receptionist was excellent. We have never met such a professional receptionist even in 5 star hotels. Asked if we wanted to speak French or English.
The room was well presented very suitable for beachside use. Clean and very comfortable. Breakfast was good value.
The only downside was the lack of air in the rooms. It was October so not that hot but it can get very hot there in summer. We had a seaview which was great but if we had the window shut we stifled, if the window was open it was very noisy with the waves. Later that night it was raining so the room began to get drenched with the window open!! I do think that air conditioning as needed in the rooms to make the stay perfect.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Tripper100England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2013

We had 2 nights here and greatly enjoyed the location. The first night we were in a sea-facing attic-type room on the top floor which is part of the original building, so has some connection to the movie. For the second night we were able to upgrade( for a small extra charge) to a room on the first floor with a huge outdoor deck. Both rooms were nice but the outdoor space with the deck was well worth paying extra for.
The restaurant seems to be very busy at lunch, much quieter at dinner and offers a good choice. The advertised 'American' buffet breakfast was really French buffet breakfast.
We're not sure whether to be pleased or annoyed that the whole village is so low key about the association with the movie. There was nothing to buy as a memento. In desperation we have a fridge magnet!
There is a short walk which captures a couple of the movie locations.
Hotel, here's an idea. Have 'Mr Hulot's Holiday ' playing on an endless loop on a TV channel. Many people (all of us at breakfast) come there because of the movie and it would have been fun to watch it while staying there. (Cannot claim this as an original idea. A very famous hotel we stayed in in India does this with a well-known Bond film)
Hotel staff were friendly and very helpful.

Room Tip: If you are on holiday and the weather is good, pay extra to get a terrace room
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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hdlpSaintNazaire, GHP Hotels at Best Western Hotel De La Plage, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for your commentary on our hotel.

It was a real pleasure to welcomme you.
We get lucky to be on Mr Hulot's beach, but we cannot use his symbol as we would want. So we try to be so fun as possible like himself!! :-)

We hope to see you for a next stay!

Sincerely
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Orleans, France
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Even rooms are small , this is one of the most charming place in France in front of the sea ...
The staff is very pleasant and gives you approriate advices about everything .
The sand beach is clean and a bath can be taken without any problem , just check water temperature .....

Room Tip: Ask for a front sea view ...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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hdlpSaintNazaire, GHP Hotels at Best Western Hotel De La Plage, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Dear Guest,

All the team of The Best Western Hotel de la Plage would like to thank you for your commentary about our hotel. It was a very pleasure to welcome you and help you in order to discover our lovely country.

Hoping to see you again for an other stay!!

Sincerely
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Blaby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Beautiful hotel and restaurant with an old fashioned elegance about it, yes our room was small but the view, the sheer joy of the view, simply amazing.
The room is decorated in contemporary chic, the staff are all rushing around for everyone, willing to help with anything at all.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Clare R
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hdlpSaintNazaire, GHP Hotels at Best Western Hotel De La Plage, responded to this review, 13 August 2013
Dear guess,

All the hotel team would like to thank you for your commentary on its hotel.

We are happy to welcome our guess in our hotel located on the famous Mr Hulot's beach.

We hope to see you again for a next stay.

Sincerely
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Vacaville, California
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Once again I was traveling for work and our hosts reserved rooms for us in this very nice hotel. Right on the beach! As I like to do, I arrived a day before our meetings were scheduled to begin and I spent a beautiful, sunny day walking the area and visiting the beach. I'm glad I traveled a day early because the rest of the week was either overcast and windy or drizzling rain.

Sunday morning the little town of Saint Marc Sur Mer has an open air market about a block away from the hotel. Lots of little booths with specialty food. Cheeses, fruits, vegetables, meats, fishes and breads. There is a little store across the street and a couple of small restaurants close by.

I enjoyed the comfort of the hotel but the weather could have been better.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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hdlpSaintNazaire, GHP Hotels at Best Western Hotel De La Plage, responded to this review, 26 July 2013
Dear Guess,

We would like to thank you for your commentary on our hotel.

It was a real pleasure to welcome you and we hope having to see you again for a new stay!!!

Sincerely
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

Stayed over on the way south so that we could visit Nantes - the hotel is right on the beach in a small, pleasant, suburb of St Nazaire. Very pleasant and helpful staff, the room, with a view across the lovely beach, was not huge but perfectly acceptable, clean and well appointed. The storm crashing onto the beach lulled us to sleep! Hotel restaurant was very good - food was imaginative and good quality, service was good although once the rooms filled up (mainly with locals) after 8pm there were not really enough waiting staff to keep everyone happy. Definitely worth reserving if it is anything like busy. Not much alternative locally apart from a couple of bars and a pizza parlour and the restaurant is not a cheap option. Travelled into Nantes from here - concierge suggested that we drive to the Atlantis shopping centre on the west side of the city (about 40 mins) and take the tram from here - excellent way around the traffic - tram leaves from outside the southern side of the mall and costs E 1.50 to the centre, about 20 mins.

Room Tip: Worth the supplement for the sea view 2nd floor - car park view is less romantic.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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hdlpSaintNazaire, GHP Hotels at Best Western Hotel De La Plage, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
Dear Guess,

We would like to thank for your commentary.

It is a real pleasure to welcome you in our hotel and in our country.

Hoping to see again during a next stay.

Sincerely
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Property: Best Western Hotel De La Plage
Address: 37 rue du Commandant Charcot | Plage de Monsieur Hulot, 44600, Saint-Nazaire, France
Region: France > Pays de la Loire > Loire-Atlantique > Saint-Nazaire
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Saint-Nazaire
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Hotel De La Plage 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the BEST WESTERN Hôtel de la Plage, the setting for Jacques Tati’s famous film Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (‘Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday’). Set in the village of Saint Marc sur Mer, it is the only hotel on the Guérande peninsula that is right on the beach, looking out across the Atlantic Ocean. Completely refurbished in 2008, the hotel offers rooms that combine charm and comfort, each oneunique, decorated in different shades of colour. ... more   less 
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