My wife and I were booked into the Hotel de la Rade (via email and telephone) by our French daughter-in-law (who is originally from Brest) but now lives here in England with my son and grandson - we all wanted to visit the 'festival' (which is only held every 4 years) - so, preperations were made months before our visit (10/07/12 - 14/07/12) - perhaps as well, as all the hotels in Brest were booking-up quickly.
My 4 stars for the hotel do not compare with the 'actual 2 stars' that the hotel holds - my 'extra' stars are for the excellent, convenient (shopping) location within the town and also with regards to the 'festival' in the harbour (200 metres away).
Hotel Positives: - Location (as above), Breakfast - good quality continental with coffee/tea/juice, 7.50 euros all you can eat, Daily maid service - towels and sheets changed daily - Comfy beds and pillows - Lift to all floors - 24 hour front desk - free Wi-Fi. - Some staff/owner speaks English.
Hotel Negatives: - Small room (we stayed 7 nights and struggled with limited wardrobe space - no drawers, so used our suitcases on the spare single bed) - large mirror on the wall 'cracked' (sharp edges) - 3 out of 4 lights in the room were not working - extractor fan in the 'bathroom' not working - the shower cubicle was a bit grubby - not dirty - (grouting around the 'base' needs replacing).
Conclusion:- for a 2 star hotel, the Hotel de la Rade is adequate on all counts.
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