Stayed at La Perouse while on a week-long business trip in May of 2008 and had a great stay. It really felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I was travelling with a co-worker and he was with his wife. We arrived very tired as we had been travelling for roughly 24 hours (flew from Denver to Chicago to London and then took the train to Paris and finally all the way down to Nantes, phew!)
The staff was very helpful and polite upon our midnight arrival and they were that way throughout our stay.
For me the room was just very neat. Hard to describe because it was unlike any hotel room I've ever been in and certainly a big change for me being an American who is used to all the extra space I can handle. I think the room would've felt very, very small had I been sharing the room with my wife as was the case for my co-worker. But I never heard him complain about it. For me alone I didn't have any problem with it; it was just a little strange.
Everything was small. The TV, the desk, the closet, etc... But all of the furniture was unique and even kind of fun. I'm not a small person, but I'm not too big either. I think for a considerably large person this room might be uncomfortable. All of the furniture seemed newish and had a very modern feel. The hotel also appeared to have been remodeled to some degree but still felt pretty worn and old. I found the hotel to be very quiet.
One complaint was that the Air Conditioning was very weak. It worked ok and all if left on all night, but wouldn't blow with force ever. That probably ties in with the theme of being a 'green' hotel. On that note it was also very interesting that you had to insert your hotel key into a slot in order to activate power in the room. A novel concept, but it could be a little annoying if you forget about it and want to, say, charge your laptop while you leave the room etc... Another small complaint was the tiny, tiny fridge. There is a mini fridge upon which the TV sits (and I emphasize the word 'mini') and of course everything in there is obsenely expensive. So like any careful shopper I purchased some things outside the hotel, but in order to keep them cool I had to take out the hotel items in order to make room for anything else. Not a big deal and I just put the hotel stuf back in there when I was done but man was it a small fridge.
Let me just say though that the breakfast at this hotel was incredible. Very simple but frankly it was one the best features. Just delicious. We went to a Holiday Inn in Paris on our last day for our flight out and their breakfast buffet was terrible, especially by comparison to what I had at La Perouse. I highly recommend to anyone staying at this hotel to eat the breakfast.
The hotel was also in a very nice, central location that made it easy to go exploring when not working. Of course you have to be up for a good walk, but there were several resturants and shopping close by.
All in all I think the hotel could stand for a little remodeling, but were I ever to return to Nantes, I would love to stay here again. I had a great time and Nantes is an INCREDIBLE City. Anyone travelling to France should skip Paris altogether and hit Nantes instead.
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Thank you very much for that long description of your stay. I specilally appréciated what you said about the staff. We try to have sincere human relationship with our guest. We don't want them to feel like Room Numbers. Just one thing, the picture showing a castle isn't Hotel La Perouse. It looks like a place nearby Nantes but not the hotel.
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