Apologies for the length......
We almost gave up on the Asther as we found it difficult to find – in fairness we kept passing it by whilst driving a rental car on, what was for us, the wrong side of the road. The entry is a single door set back off the street, to the right of a low and narrow lane running under the hotel to the “very tight” car parking space behind the hotel. Once inside the tiny reception area I was glad to have persevered as what the hotel lacks in the way of an entrance is made up for by the warmth and efficiency of the young husband and wife team who run it. I found the hotel on Booking.com and was expecting to have to pay more than the Eur59 online price, but this is what I was charged. I was also asked if I would like to check the room before I committed!!! From my experience this is a rarity in France.
Our double/single bedded room on the 1st floor amply accommodated us for the couple of nights we stayed. Although the hotel is old, our room had recently been redecorated with quirky French wallpaper – a wonderful antidote to some of the more banal rooms in town. Whilst the bathroom was small, it did have enough space/hooks/shelf space for our needs. The bathroom and bedroom were really clean, the beds were comfortable and fitted with crisp white cotton sheets. I was a little concerned when I saw trains passing by on an elevated track to the nearby station. I cannot sleep without adequate fresh air so leaving the double glazed window open we were expecting some disturbance during the night but both nights we slept soundly.
We opted to have breakfast at the hotel in their small breakfast room and were glad we did as David serves really good coffee to complement the yoghurts, cereals, freshly baked bread and pastries. The WiFi system is fast, free, available throughout the hotel (handy for planning over breakfast), and they are happy to give you multiple logons for laptops\phones\ipods etc. It is worth noting that the hotel - surprisingly -provides room service meals until 10pm - handy when you arrive late and don't fancy dressing up to go out! The parking is a bit of a tight squeeze to get in and out of, but there is plenty of parking around the corner opposite the supermarket and public pool (right out of the hotel, first right and 75m on the left). The area is well lit and we had no concerns leaving our car overnight.
As for Redon, the town with its river, canal and historic buildings, and warm ambience, is well worth a visit. It also has an abundance of cafes, restaurants and some nice shops to placate a 13 yo shopaholic! The smaller outlying towns of the district are also well worth visiting including one (can’t remember the name #@>*$@) which had a wonderful bistro overlooking the 13th century covered market place. Details of market days can be found via this link
Happy travelling - Fiona
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