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“Perfect hotel if taking the ferry from St Malo”

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Maison Tirel-Guerin
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“Perfect hotel if taking the ferry from St Malo”
Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stay at this hotel about 4 times a year. This is a great place to stay if you're taking the ferry from St Malo but want somewhere away from the hubbub of St Malo itself. It's got a really good restaurant which isn't cheap but the food (particularly their signature amuse bouche) is very good. If you want something a little more relaxed in atmosphere and cheaper then it's only about 3 miles to Cancale with its numerous seafront cafes and restaurants - go to the far end of the front and either buy oysters fresh from the market stalls and sit and eat them on the waterfront or enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at Victor's on the corner. En route to Cancale is an Intermarche for stocking up on groceries for the return home.
Anyway, back to the hotel - the nicest rooms are those overlooking the garden and they also have the bonus of being nearest to the hotel's indoors swimming pool. The other bonus of the hotel is that, unlike St Malo, parking is more than sufficient and right outside the hotel and - with a car loaded with other baggage and bikes etc - has always been safe overnight. The only slight downside is breakfast - it's not very exciting and the restaurant always feels a bit formal as a breakfast venue. That said, they equally happily serve you breakfast in your room so that's the better option.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

Very comfortable rooms and excellent dining facilities. Plenty of parking. Have stayed many times and keep returning.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

We had decided to give the St Malo crowds a miss on an overnight stopover before the ferry. But our first reaction on arriving at the hotel was disappointment. We had though come straight from the Moulin de l’Abbaye at Brantôme, a converted mill surrounded by streams. Maison Tirel Guerin was a distinctive but certainly not a handsome building alongside the train station on the outskirts of an average Breton village.

I suspect the modern annex had been built on what had been the car park. So parking is public opposite the station. We had a garden room in the modern extension which sounded nicer than it was. Still it was roomy and with a little balcony. But considering the Maison is family owned, it all felt rather bland and branded.

The hotel is very well equipped though including an indoor pool, gym and Jacuzzi. But we chose to visit the fishing port of Cancale for a wander around before dinner. It was just ten minutes away. So although the hotel may not itself be in a picturesque location, some of the best sights in that part of Brittany are only a short trip away. You can even get the train into St Malo.

Anyway… dinner. That was why we had picked this Michelin starred hotel and restaurant. And that explained why they had had to build an extension. We both went for the Degustation Menu of six courses including cheese and desert. A beautifully balanced starter of prawn ravioli and morel sauce. Then duck foie gras, warm and pink. But “Welsh pink” for my partner and “French pink” for me. Next pigeon, for the second night running for me. But this one had the edge. The chef claimed to know the farmer personally, even if he had not been introduced to the bird itself.

After a good range of local cheeses we came to dessert. We saw Grand Marnier soufflé on the menu, laughed and decided no thanks after the previous night’s experience. But the gregarious Måitre d’ asked why we were laughing. After explaining about the previous very poor version served up by the Moulin de l’Abbaye he staked his job on their own version. It was competent rather than stunning but also came with a glass of Grand Marnier. I’m not sure whether that was a usual part of the dish or simply an insurance policy. With coffee, I finished off with a fine vintage Calvados. And whoever poured it hadn’t worried at all about the exact measure.

The wine list had a good range but was certainly not a show off. All in all a memorable meal with service certainly attentive but not overbearing. Even at €66 our menu was excellent value. But you could have a Michelin starred menu starting at €27.

(This also refers back to a review I’ve posted for the Moulin de L’Abbaye at Brantôme.)

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2010

Picked this hotel from a Chateaux and Hotels brochure and booked via Hotels.com. Found the hotel ok - assisted by the directions in the brochure, but at check in the reception staff did not have our booking - transpired it had not been passed on by expedia! However the charming staff took a lot of trouble to make us welcome and even provided us with some excellent rooms to make up for our initial disappointment. Lovely room in an annexe building with a small terrace. The party i was with made good use of the pool and gym facility.
We enquired about the restaurant and were informed that they did in fact have a michelin star - an opportunity not to be missed. A delicious meal was presented, made all the better by the ultimate in fresh oysters from just up the road. A fantastic set meal at an unbelievable good value price, with excellent service in the restaurant.

A slight pity thatthe one side of the hotel is quite close to a road so that sitting out in the charming gardens isspolit slightly by the raod noise - but it is not a very busy road.

  • Stayed August 2010
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sheffield
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Reviewed 27 April 2010

The Tirel Guerin is a fine example of French hospitality at its best. We had a well appointed, bright room opening on to a private garden. It was reasonably priced for this level of hotel. There is a locally renowned restaurant serving traditonal menus. Perhaps the food is not as refined as it has bee in the past. We received splendid service throughout our stay. It is well situated to visit the local points of interest. A real pleasure.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Italy
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Reviewed 18 October 2009

This is a good hotel and really worth the price I've payed for, but it is not so good as it could be. The exterior building is very nice, even if a little bit anonymous, it has a large parking and no problem in finding a place for your car, also the hotel itself is very clean and well keeped. When you're in the furnitures in the hall are pretty good and service people are also very helpful, even if a little bit too "professional", they are a little bit "cold"... once we're in we have found that room furnitures were not in good conditions: first of all there were bare electric wires behind the headboard of our bed, ok they were in the back, but what if a children puts his hands there for whatever reason ? you know that children are uinpredictable. The lamp switches was ON the bedside, so each time you move a book on it you may swith light on/off... this may be useful for someone, but not for me... then if you take a look at my photos you will also see in which bad conditions those bedside is... full of huge scratches... nothing serious but (again) not a good point.
The bathroom was really clean and with good furnitures except for two things: there were nothing to hang the shower to the wall... so we had to open/close it often to avoid water to flood the bathroom... yes... there were no shower cabin nor "water sheet"... second the WC was broken, so we had always to open and close the water tap to avoid a continuous water flow all thru the night...
Ok... now the cons... free wi-fi, good heated swimming pool, good location if you want to use your car. Just 1 Km from the hotel there's a supermarket with gas station. Breakfast is ok, you can eat all you can... and all is good quality.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Wales
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

Good food, comfortable beds, quiet, clean and great swimming pool.
Small railway station just nearby so easy trip to Rennes or St Malo

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Maison Tirel-Guerin
Address: Gare de la Gouesniere | 1 Le Limonay, 35350 Saint-Meloir-des-Ondes, France
Region: France > Brittany > Ille-et-Vilaine > Saint-Meloir-des-Ondes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Meloir-des-Ondes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Maison Tirel-Guerin 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A PLACE TO DISCOVER THAT YOU WILL LONG TO RETURN TO Ideally situated a few kilometres from the towns of Cancale and Saint-Malo, 4 star hotel Tirel Guerin and its restaurant reflect the region. The establishment, originally opened in 1936, has, over the decades, cultivated the very best in hospitality and gastronomy. AN IDYLLIC LOCATION FOR A CHARMING HOTEL Whether you are looking for the finest French cuisine , for a relaxing weekend for two or for a longer stay with the family, La Maison Tirel Guerin and its 57 guest-rooms offer you a perfect place to stay. A SPACE DEDICATED TO WELL-BEING WHERE RELAXATION IS KEY On your visit, discover the deep roots of this unusual establishment. Bathe in its unique atmosphere, imagine you are relaxing in the space dedicated to well-being, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, savour the generous, sophisticated cuisine, you have arrived. It feels like home. ... more   less 
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