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Mercure Granville Le Grand Large Hotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Granville
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“Gorgeous views”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stayed at the Mercure Grand in Granville, France for 5 nights in August 2013. The staff was very welcoming and spoke more than enough English to be able to communicate with American and UK guests. Even though it was just my husband and myself traveling, we booked a family room which had a separate living area (with bed couch) so that we would have a little extra room to spread out. It worked out perfectly in terms of space, the only problem being that the master bed was in a loft area which meant we had to trek down a set of stairs to use the bathroom when nature called in the middle of the night. Not ideal for our over-40 bladders, but we managed.

The room was very clean and the shower very generous. The bathroom area, in general, was what I would consider quite large by European standards and sort of high-average by American. Our view from the balcony was part city and part ocean. Just perfect...even had a little table and two chairs. Granville is VERY hilly. Be prepared with proper footwear to walk up and down some very steep hills and stairs. The views will make it all worth your while. And also, you won't feel quite as guilty after eating the delicious Moules Frîtes and crêpes.

While there, we did not eat at the hotel for any meals, but we did use the parking garage and wifi services. If you are driving a larger vehicle, the parking garage is perilous. Thankfully we had a car that was fairly small, but either way you still have to be very cautious as well as skilled at backing in and out of small spaces.

The wifi is annoyingly slow. Vaguely OK for checking email and weather, but fairly annoying if you are trying to research travel ideas, load maps, etc.,...or god forbid watch anything on youtube. I understand that this is a vacation destination and we weren't there to be using our computers, but after dinner and before bed, my husband wanted to watch a few guitar lessons on youtube to wind down, and was continually frustrated. I was trying to research information on Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo and was also becoming exasperated with the time it took for even simple web pages to load. Not a deal breaker, but I expected better service from a large hotel chain.

The one other con was their new air conditioning system. There was some sort of issue with the one in our room which required them to continually have to reset something down at reception, where they have the ability to control all cooling in the hotel. With the heat of the day rising, the loft of our room was fairly warm a couple of nights, as it was summer, and it was quite aggravating to have to keep calling down to the front desk to have them turn on the a/c because it kept shutting off. They need to address this glitch. I spoke with someone at the front desk on the third day and they supposedly addressed it, but the next day it continued to turn off on its own, after being on for five minutes. I would turn it on again and get the settings correct and it would work for another five minutes and then shut off again. I spoke with the front desk person upon check out and she assured me that they would look into the issue for the next guest.

That being said, the positives far outweighed anything negative about the wifi, air conditioning or parking garage. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to friends. They had a key for beach access which was very nice...for all 5 summer days it's actually warm enough to swim in Normandy :) They also had a mini-fridge in each room (very tiny), which was perfect to fit a little cheese, wine and foie gras that we got at the market on Saturday morning. I already mentioned the nice size of the bathroom and I also was pleased with the fact that the toilet is separated, as they normally are in Europe. The elevator proximity to the rooms and garage was very convenient and storage in the room was more than adequate and the complimentary tea set up was much appreciated and used. Overall, we had a wonderful stay and really got our exercise in. Granville is a nice jumping off point for so many spots in Normandy & Brittany (under two hours to: Saint Malo, Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux, Omaha Beach, Rennes, coastal drive to Jullouville, Honfleur, la route du Cidre, Deauville) and you won't be disappointed with the Mercure. Enjoy!

Room Tip: loft rooms have a bedroom and bathroom on DIFFERENT levels.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

We stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights in august our room had a sofa bed that pulls out into a double bed and a staircase up to a bedroom with a very comfortable double bed we had two televisions one downstairs and one upstairs separate toilet and nice shower room and wash basin. The staff at this hotel were very nice and friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The hotel was modern and very clean there was everything in the room that you needed a safe hairdryer tea and coffee facilities. We had a lovely breakfast which had a good selection of fruit, cereals, cold meat cheese assorted bread and pastries all well presented and very fresh. The lovely dining area has a fabulous view overlooking the sea and surrounding area. The hotel is very central in a nice area and is just 5mins away from the Christian Dior museum. The town centre is only a short walk away about 10 minutes. I would certainly stay at this hotel again I loved it we felt really comfortable there. Granville is a lovely place the Saturday market was fantastic as well the indoor market has all gorgeous fresh produce and the outdoor one has many lovely bargains clothes, bags, shoes, bedding towels. We had a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Check in was straight forward, but don't forget 8 euro for the underground parking down a steep ramp.

The room was clean, and had some steps up to the roof where the double bed was. 2 TV's and all the normal facilities. Really neat.....

Easy walk into town too.

Room Tip: Ask to go on the top floor for more space.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Pontevedra, Spain
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

This hotel is located in the city centre. Walking distance to all the sights and the port where you can catch the ferry (1 h.) to the island of Jersey . The rooms are modern and spacious. I recommend one with a balcony. The staff is friedly.You can park your car in the underground garage for a reasonable price but it has to be a small car, the parking spaces are not made for bigger ones.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Very pleased with the hotel, the staff, the location, the design of our huge room with a comfortable sofa and a heavenly bed.

Room had excellent views towards the city, the sea and the bay but our balcony was small and lacked privacy.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor, views are better
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

After discovering that our GPS has a problem with accuracy in Granville, we asked for directions and found the hotel. Its located on a hill overlooking the beach and adjacent to a rehabilitation hospital. Parking was provided but don't bring large cars as the entrance is very narrow. The room had a sea view and while small it was a delight to be in the hotel for two nights. The staff recommended a great restaurant located in the old port. You could drive, but we walked and enjoyed the exercise both ways, particularly coming back, as the climb up to the hotel was quite strenuous. Breakfast at the hotel was good with a range of hot and cold foods. A good place to stay if visiting Mont-St-Michel.

Room Tip: Pay for a sea view, its worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mercure Granville Le Grand Large Hotel
Address: 5 rue de la Falaise, 50400 Granville, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Manche > Granville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Granville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure Granville Le Grand Large Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 3 star Mercure Granville Le Grand Large enjoys a quiet cliff top location looking out to the Chausey Islands. Close to the town centre, the casino, the Dior Museum, Mont St Michel and the boat terminal for crossings to the Chausey Islands, Jersey and Guernsey. The hotel forms part of the Previthal thalassotherapy centre with direct access to the steam bath and Jacuzzi as well as the treatment centre. Solarium, lounge bar and terrace with panoramic views. Direct access to the beach. Secure parking. ... more   less 
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