One enters the Hotel into a small but smart reception - half of which is a small bar. Access to upper floors is via stairs or via a small and very slow lift - an important consideration if arriving with a larger party! Infirm people should take care on shelved flooring and alternating floor levels.
Our first room, on the 2nd floor, with twin beds and a very small square bathroom with a well used walk-in shower - we rejected as unsuitable. It was not clean, the cheap furnishing was damaged, there was insufficient space around the beds and a single broken chair. We had only one smaller window as sole ventilation. (NB! All room windows in this hotel appear to have no window stays whatsoever - so if it were windy - you could not open the window - it would simply blow open wide!) None of our coach party had a room with air conditioning or extractor fan in the bathroom - so all ventialation was through the window(s).
Our next room (109) overlooked the tradesmans entrance on the left and the main street in front. We had three windows and more space. Furnishing was still cheap laminated chipboard stuff and the only built in cupboard had lost its door was dirty and had scrapwood shelves. The decor seemed to us to have been a DIY job by someone not very experienced. our beds were standard, cheap French chain hotel ones - but the bathroom was more modern and had a new bath/shower. Still no forced ventialtion - but a brown, wall, fan heater INSIDE the bathroom with an external switch permanently lit - but not working!! Most days we were woken early by the arrival and departure of dustbins, supplies and laundry underneath our window. We then dozed until the close by Church clock restarted dead on 07.00! So, we were never late for breakfast! (It also pays not to go to bed late!)
Although ours was a coach party, the two-choice menues were, in our opinion, tasty and entirely edible - but nothing exceptional. They appeared to have been pre-cooked - some bits in little pots - several times! The left dining room was smaller than the right - and it was where our party was served. The the whole ambience was very basic and the tables just accomodated 4 persons on well worn chairs. The self service breakfast was served in the other, larger dining room and both the food and room were very basic.. But our party was composed of mature and experienced travellers - so we made our stay a happy one.
This Hotel is part of the "Inter Hotel" group and our overall impression was that the staff were all very helpful, efficient and pleasant - but that they were let down by a hotel badly in need of refurbishment and re-equipment. That was a pity, because we thought that the guests, the staff and Benodet deserved better. It's a nice place to go, especially out of peak season and well placed for visiting some of the other delightfull Brittany towns.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel housed in 19th century building set on the banks of the River Odet; their restaurant serving Breton cuisine from the sea. ... more less
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