We visited for 4 nights at the beginning on June, and can't recommend this hotel enough.
As all the reviews have said, the welcome is warm and the service very good. All the rooms are lovely and quiet, as you would expect at a Relais & Chateau establishment.
We too were upgraded from a Superior Room, ( Frank Baudouin) to a Deluxe Room (Louis Suire). Whilst there was no difference in size of these rooms the better was on the first floor facing the courtyard, whilst the other was on the ground floor of the courtyard. The Hotel was quite full when we were there, so the upgrade was very appreciated and not expected. With the Global downturn we were also offered a 10% discount for a 4 night stay at the time we booked, so at 225E per night including breakfast we were very happy with the value for money.
The continental breakfast consisted of freshly sqeezed juice, fruit salad, cereals, a bread basket with pastries and bread / toast and tea/coffee, all served on pretty plates and silverware on linen tablecloths.
To be recommended in St Martin is the restaurant Serghi - its innovative food and modern presentation put all the other restaurants around the quai to shame. We too went to Skipper which was just touristy typical French seaside fare, and Serghi was the same price but infinitely better. Also went to "A cote de chez Fred" which was also disappointing food wise, although the owner recommended great wine.
Parking is difficult in St Martin, so the 10E charge per day for parking by the hotel was appreciated - the metred carpark cost 9E per day.
On the last night we ate in the hotel - once again silver service and delicious food as one would expect in a fine dining establishment, with lots of extras (amuse bouche, petits
fours etc) but it was very formal and very expensive.
All the staff went out of their way to be helpful, and with a fantastic location on the Quai, this is definitely the best place to stay in St Martin, and in my opinion, on the entire island.
- 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