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“Beautiful Resort - Pity about the Hotel!” 2 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Abbatiale Benodet
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4 avenue de l'Odet | Le Port, 29950 Benodet, France   |  
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Ranked #9 of 12 hotels in Benodet
North Somerset, England
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“Beautiful Resort - Pity about the Hotel!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2008

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.

  • Liked — The location and staff
  • Disliked — The poor internal quality. I would not have personally paid the normal room rates for this accommodation
  • Stayed May 2008
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2007

Rooms: We stayed here on two occasions (two rooms each time) so we experienced four rooms. The two rooms on the second floor were in an ‘older’ style, but had a pleasant décor. The two rooms on the fourth floor seemed to be a bit more modern in style, with a different décor. All were adequately equipped and clean. The rooms at the front of the hotel had a really lovely view of the river and boats, although the other rooms obviously had rather less engaging views.
The only real drawback with the rooms was that three of the four rooms had a long shower hose attached to the bath taps (and a shower curtain), but nowhere to fix the shower on the wall above the bath – so it was not really possible to have a hands-free shower!
Restaurant: The restaurant was of a good standard, and seemed to be very popular. However, it specialises in seafood, and therefore the choice was rather limited for anyone who doesn’t eat fish or shellfish. (On our first evening, despite our dictionary/phrasebook, we had some difficulty in translating the menu; the second evening was much easier because one of the staff spoke good English and was very helpful!)
We thought the buffet breakfast was very good, with plenty of choices.
Location: This hotel has a very good location, almost on the waterfront. It is very close to where the boats leave for cruises up the Odet River and to the Glenan Islands, and also close to the start of the little ‘tourist train’ circuit.
There is a creperie just around the corner, and a delightful little café nearby (almost next door to the booking office for the boat trips) which also does take-away sandwiches and ice-creams.
Car parking: When we were there, there seemed to be plenty of spaces in the hotel car park (at the back of the hotel).

Stayed July 2007
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2006

An example of a hotel that lacks ambition. Everything runs quite efficiently but it lacks any flair. Don't accept a room on the top floor if a gale is expected - the rattling roof tiles will ruin your sleep. Our room seemed very tired, and would beenfit from redecoration. The dining room is particularly drab - not quite eastern Europe in the communist era, but you get the idea. We stayed 3 nights and as far as we could make out the same inappropriate music played all the time - Shirley Bassey singing Goldfinger is not what I expect at breakfast. The food is acceptable, but no more. Breakfast lacked sufficient choice. Fortunately there is an excellent restaurant, the Transat, just round the corner. This has real style, modern decor and first-rate cuisine, plus staff who really work at its success. Quite a contrast. The Abbatiale is in an excellent prime position; it seems that the management feels this is enough. It's not.

  • Liked — Position
  • Disliked — Drabness
  • Tips/Secrets — Eat round the corner
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Abbatiale Benodet

Address: 4 avenue de l'Odet | Le Port, 29950 Benodet, France
Location: France > Brittany > Finistere > Benodet
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 12 hotels in Benodet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel Abbatiale Benodet 3*
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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