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Le Grand Large
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Rivedoux-Plage
Certificate of Excellence
Lutterworth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Lovely hotel but.....”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Our room was adequate, but that is one minuscule balcony.....the wardrobe doors could not stay on their runners, there were no shelves in the bathroom to put your wash things, bit disappointing given how expensive it is....but, on the plus side the pool is beautiful and immaculate, the air con in our room was fantastic, the staff are charming and they made things very easy. The food in the restaurant was really good but very expensive.

The owner needs to organise the rooms so they work for travellers. Oh and I do hate it when they push two single beds together.....buy some doubles, it feels horrid when they drift apart in the night.

Room Tip: All the rooms are small
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

This hotel is ideal for a quiet base, although the toll to cross onto the island came as a shock @16 euros , also breakfast was way overpriced at 14 euro PP we had breakfast in village for 5 euro each when we felt like it ! not tied to hotel times of resturant . The location alongside the beach ideal for a family that want a beach holiday, nice pool although a little nippy when you first go in even in Aug . The room was small and ground floor rooms came out onto swiming pool area . We had upstairs room with sea view , lovely wakeing up in morning from the good night sleep in the large beds with a excellent view over the bay . We had a hire car and used this hotel as a base to tour island found some lovely peacefull havens to provide a relaxing holiday . Only had dinner one night out of 10 in hotel resturant no issue just a little pricy . The village center was within a easy level walk, out of back of hotel .(100mtrs) Pleanty of parking outside hotel however the enclosed car park at rear of hotel @10 euro,/ night if you want it . We did not need to use this and no issues with parking . We Would go back again .the reception staff very helpfull and spoke good English and very helpfull . If you are looking for the high life this area is not for you , however if looking to relax on holiday ideal location . il de re has many lovely small towns to explore . Used the local bus to La Rochele at 5 euro pp return cheaper than paying toll on bridge . Summarry very relaxing Holiday many found memorys and would return again .

Room Tip: Rooms on first floor sea view ideal although cost more rooms at rear look over local street...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kent, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Stayed for one night during a 10 day trip to France. Check in was corteous, polite and friendly. Room 111 was small and dark but clean and ok for the less than 24 hours we were there.

In addtion to the free beach car park there is a private car park available for 10 Euros which was important for us.

The breakfast was buffet style plentiful and not bad value at 12 Euros each. Dinner in the restaurant was excellent, superb oysters and steak tartare with a nice view from the terrace looking out over the beach. The staff were very friendly.

We diid not see much of the Island, Rivedoux village is small but quite nice and La Flotte is lovely with much more to see with more choice in cafes and restaurants.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

We booked our first visit to ile de Re at quite short notice. We travelled down by car and found the beach car park just across the street which turned out to be free. The hotel is situated in a residential area which was a little surprising. Nevertheless the rooms were adequate and clean and although there was some manoeuvring to be done to get into the toilet and shut the door this was not a problem. Our room overlooked the pool on the ground floor and although at first I was concerned about privacy and noise, these proved to be groundless and the pool being open until 10pm meant you could swim basically whenever you wanted. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the restaurant food was very very good indeed. Quite a small menu but each course was extremely enjoyable.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2012

Booked a last minute deal here after reading positive reviews. However the photos and name are misleading. There is nothing grand or large about this hotel. It is a very small but well run hotel just over the bridge on isle de re. We had a room beside the pool . The rooms are small and if you are tall you would find it difficult to access the toilet which is in a tiny room. However they are adequate as is the small pool area . The breakfasts at e12 each are expensive but well worth it. Typical French breakfast buffet but lovely especially the home made pancakes
However having visited other parts of the island by bike - a must by the way- if I was down here again I would not stay in rivedoux but in la flotte which is only a few minutes away but has loads more cafes, restaurants and atmosphere.
Rivedoux is v quiet with only 3 or 4 restaurants at night though admittedly it does have a brill boulangerie in Fred's a few minutes walk from the hotel so. If quiet suits you then stay here but not for us

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2012

For our first visit to Ile de Re we booked a two night stay at the Grand Large hotel. It had received positive ratings and we were looking forward to being near the beach and enjoying a sea view room. Our first (non hotel related) unpleasant surprise was that the bus service from La Rochelle train station to Ile de Re only runs every 3-4 hours on Sundays and holidays. Not wanting to spend a few hours waiting for the next bus we took a taxi for about 40 euros for the 20 minute trip. The hotel is located in the first village after crossing the bridge.

The hotel faces a main road and to the left of the beach is a rather industrial view of the port of La Rochelle. The lady at the front desk was quite friendly and we were able to check in at 13:00 instead of 15:00 since our room was ready. She took us to room 111 on the ground floor. Unfortunately it was rather dark and facing the parking lot on the rear. There was also a strong ammonia smell in the bathroom. We opened the windows to air out the room and then left to pick up our rental bikes. (The hotel also rents bikes, bur we'd already reserved at another shop.)

We realized that the hotel is rather far from the center of the village (15-20 min walk) and there really isn't too much to see in Rivedoux anyway. We much preferred La Flotte and St Martin-de-Re. On our return we were able to access the rear entrance/ parking (10 € per night if you come by car) with the security code provided at check-in.

Since there are no other restaurants nearby we decided to try the hotel restaurant and we enjoyed a really nice meal of oysters and fish of the day. Service was friendly and we only found the house wine rather bland (splurge for a better wine) and the dessert overpriced (9.50€ for a simple creme brulee). It was the best meal amongst three restaurants we tried and I'd give the restaurant a 4 out of 5.

Otherwise the room was clean and relatively spacious. We could hear the occupants in the room above ours, tv and free wifi worked trouble free. The bathroom was ok except for the ammonia smell, with a bathtub and plenty of hot water. Overall we had a trouble free stay, but were disappointed by the view and location for the price we paid.

Room Tip: Pool/Sea view rooms are best. Avoid rear facing the parking lot.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

We booked this hotel through a special discount program, so obviously we got the smallest and most distant room. But it was still everything we needed, with a nice and spacious bathroom to boot. The pool and hottub are opened until 22:00, so you can almost always take a swim when you get back to the hotel. Or you can hop on over to the beach, which is right in front of the hotel. For us, the best part about this hotel was the restaurant: breakfast was okay but not super special, but the evening dinners were really enjoyable, to such an extent that we almost didn't want to leave. The best was the starter that consisted of cod gratiné with Reblochon. Even if you're not staying in this hotel, try and visit the restaurant. It has a spacious patio with view of the sea and some lighthouses!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Le Grand Large
Address: 154 avenue des Dunes, 17940 Rivedoux-Plage, Ile de Re, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > Ile de Re > Rivedoux-Plage
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Rivedoux-Plage
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Hotel Class:3 star — Le Grand Large 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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