I went to the Hotel Sables D'or on a school trip last June. This 'hotel' was supposed to be an upgrade from where we were previously supposed to be staying, but unless the other hotel was a landfill, there is no way this was an upgrade.
On arrival, the people there, who don't speak English, decided we had to wait on the coach for 75 mins, despite the fact we arrived 5 mins late. Check in took almost an hour and a half. It was at this time we began to notice the dilapidated building. Still, we had looked forward to this for months, so we ignored it as to keep positive.
Eventually, we got our room, to find the door falling apart. On opening the door, a terrible stench hit us. The carpet was red, but in areas it was so old, it had gone black. One of the lights in the bathroom above the sink didn't work. The bathroom stunk even worse than the main room. Mildew was present above the toilet, which didn't flush properly. More on the bathroom later.
Back in the main room, we decided to check the place out, as we had been told to report any problems to the teaching staff with us. We opened the wardrobe, which also stunk, and found that the middle shelf twirled round with the slightest touch. My cousin's French-English dictionary fell down the back of the wardrobe, so we pulled it forward to find dirty socks, hair grips and cobwebs behind the wardrobe. The desk was all scratched, as was the mirror on top of the desk. The chair was broken and worn. The curtains had a hole in them and were fading. The window ledge was so chipped and broken it was only half there. The radiator in the bedroom was hanging off while the bathroom radiator was rusty and had leaked, forming an orange stain on the floor below. There were also orange stains on the side of the wardrobe, the wall above the desk, the bathroom door and the shower tub.
We found a hole by the bathroom window where spiders were coming in and out, and the sealing on the windows were broken. The plug socket in the bathroom was hanging off (the teacher said it was the result of a bodge job). The shower didn't work, and kept falling down, so we just left it on the floor of the filthy tub. The shower wall was mouldy and unclean, and there was no frosted glass in the shower door or the window, meaning people could see right in from the street anyway. The corners were filled with cobwebs and filth, we kept shoes next to the bed so we wouldn't have to walk on the floor. The beds were comfortable but ridiculously narrow, and the pillows were hard as rocks. Apparently, the teaching staff had been told we couldn't touch the tiny TV's. The rooms were large enough but basic even for a 2-star. Our friends room had large gaps under and above the door. They had a large patch of the wall completely eroded and replaced with damp, causing the room to be filled with flies. Their shower tub did not drain properly, meaning they had to wait at least 5 mins after they were done in the shower before they could get out otherwise the bathroom floor would flood. Breakfast was ok, but the packed lunches were really bad, especially if you didn't like nuts, which a lot of people don't (I do, but my cousin is allergic, they didn't say the tiny cake slices were nutty and its only because I ate mine first that he knew not to eat it because of the nuts). We had tea at a local hotel restaurant, which was disgusting quality, but that's not to do with the hotel. The garden was just overgrown grass and weeds, with a plastic swing set and wooden stairs and platform (no slide) which looked about to come out of the ground. All in all, a disgrace to this lovely region of France.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L'Hôtel des Sables d'Or est situé à Stella Plage. Devant vous, vous aurez le plaisir de contempler la forêt et les dunes ou encore notre jardin arboré et sa multitude de fleurs.Construit dans les années 1900, la bâtisse principale a vu défiler le 20ème siècle et la fin de la dernière rénovation date de cette année, loin des cubes de l'architecture moderne, nos chambres ont chacune leur forme et leur cachet. Les deux bâtisses du jardin, si elles sont plus récentes ont été aussi rénovées en 2008. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Les Sables d Or