London, United Kingdom
October 6, 2004
The twin beds were placed side by side, as if it were a king bed. A TV, desk, mini-bar fridge, wardrobes, table, and chairs completed the furniture. A mini-safe was provided in the wardrobe and proved to be useful for our spare cash. The bathroom was split into two rooms - one with just the toilet and the other with the sink, bidet, and bath/shower. I initially found this to be brilliant - you could use the toilet when your roommate is hogging the other bathroom! But then I found it irritating, as you'd have to enter the other room to wash your hands. The same layout was found in the single rooms! Needless to say, though, everything was spotless. Robes were provided for each guest and towels were plentiful.
The hotel is a spa hotel, specialising in thalassotherapy (seawater treatments). The French love treatments and massages, wraps, etc., are all available here. As guests of the hotel, we get free use of the steam room (hammam), sauna, and seawater swimming pool as well as discounted entry to the aquatonic maze (see separate entry). A relatively late checkout time of noon allowed us to take advantage of all this!
Breakfasts each morning were amazing...a gigantic buffet spread of cold sausages; ham; smoked salmon; cheese; breads, both sweet and savoury; fresh fruit; freshly segmented oranges and grapefruits; and fresh juices. A waitress comes to your seat to enquire whether you would like some hot chocolate, coffee, or tea. Breakfast is held in one of the restaurants and the rooms overlook the sea. Many guests of the hotel are in their bathrobes, evidence that they are here mainly for the spa treatments. The dishes labelled to be healthy choices are another spa sign!
The hotel, I believe, is the highest rated in St. Malo and is excellent for a little romantic treat (or for when somebody else is paying!). The location is fantastic and the walk to the walled city is not too long. Their website is both in English and in French.
From journal St. Malo - City of Corsairs