As others have said, Les Pilotes reopened towards the end of 2012 under new ownership & after a refurbishment. The decor is somewhat quirky but it's fun - first time we've seen a carpet pretending to be floorboards! As has already been noted, the quirkiness extends to a full-length clear glass window between the bedroom & bathroom, which means the party still lying in bed can observe the other party in the shower, and even on the toilet. Not quite sure why this was thought to be a good idea but it did raise a laugh.
Staff are very friendly & helpful, including the couple who I took to be the owners.
We paid €288 as a late booking for 3 nights, for a top floor room overlooking the bay - smashing view. The rack rate was supposed to be €210 per night which would be very expensive for the room but we were very happy with the deal we got. Breakfast was extra at €9 for the continental - good selection of breads, pastries, jams, yoghurt etc. We would normally go out for just a croissant & coffee but St Valery didn't seem to have anything to offer at that time in the morning. But as I said, the hotel's breakfast was very good. They go out of their way to serve local produce & indeed the hotel makes much of its eco credentials.
Tea & coffee facilities in the room, quite unusual for a French hotel. Good free wifi. TV doesn't have any English-language channels apart from one European channel.
Once we arrived we were given instructions on how to find the free car park - by road it's quite a long way round but only about 10 mins walk back to the hotel. This free car park is not very much signposted in the town itself!
Definitely a hotel to recommend.
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- New style and decoration for the "Hotel Les Pilotes" and its 25 new rooms. See you in June! ... more less
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