My husband & I and our 2 year old stayed at this gorgeous boutique hotel for 3 nights in June. Location is fantastic- right on the quays. We had a garden view room-Nicolas Baudin room-we were upgraded from superior to deluxe (without even being told!!) . Room was a lovely size-even with a travel cot. It is bigger than it looks on their website. Separated from the room by a heavy curtain (usually held back) was a stand alone bath and vanity area, then a seperate toilet. It was a lovely & relaxing and quiet room, with a lovely balcony to sit out on when toddler was having a midday nap! I would actually request this room if we were staying again.
Staff were exceptional-room was cleaned twice daily, reception staff were great- knew us by face which was impressive , even though it was fairly busy. We had a buggy which they stored downstairs but promply produced when requested. Very child friendly.
We did not eat here unfortunately, (due to having a lively 2 year old!) The restaurant area seemed small, but the tables in the inner garden looked nicer.
Breakfast was expensive so we strolled the few yards along the quays to "Le Belem" restaurant which was much better value with a lovely view of the marina.
The hotel does not have a pool, however its sister hotel-Villa Clarisse does-it is a good 5 mins walk away-however pool is quite small & deck area is tiny- there was another family there & we felt we were imposing. Also pool was pretty deep all around so could only let toddler play on the steps into the pool (supervised!) There was only 8 or so deckchairs out. However the gardens in the vills were only being finished so this might improve.
We reqested a taxi to the other side of the island ( to a campsite!!- what a reality check!!), however, one of the staff members offered to drive us in the hotel Merc!! A tip of €20 was "suggested" by reception.
Overall, a very relaxing stay and we would definitely stay here if we returned to this lovely town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located on the harbor of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, historical capital of Île de Ré registered on the UNESCO world heritage, the Hotel of Toiras is a luxury charming hotel, member of Relais & Châteaux, in a shipowner's magnificent house from the 17th. Villa Clarisse, the little sister of the Hotel de Toiras, with 9 rooms and suites inaugurated in June 2011, in a superb mansion from the 18th, is the “chic” Relais & Châteaux address. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Toiras Hotel
- Hotel De Toiras Ile De Re/Saint Martin De Re