LOCATION: The hotel itself is easy to find, on the main drag part-way up the hill. You’ll find a lot of discussion on Trip Advisor about the value of staying on the island or not. Personally, we loved walking around the town late at night, a more magical experience than I’d anticipated. It was easily the best part of our visit to Mont Saint MIchel. I have a hard time imagining how it could be the same when using the shuttle, but I could be wrong.
ISLAND ACCESS: Currently buses from Rennes drive to the base of the island for drop off and pick-up. This makes arrival from Paris very efficient. This could change at any point, however. The causeway is currently a mess of construction.
ROOM: We had a room on the third floor facing the front. My expectations weren’t real high, and it was cuter than I’d expected. We didn’t have any problems with noise, but we were there off-season. I was prepared for some early-morning garbage and transportation noise, but we awoke long before that started, and it wasn’t that bad anyway.
STAFF: Hard-working and friendly.
FOOD: Adequate at the hotel, but nothing to crow about. Watch out for the deceptively benign-sounding “Normandy Stew” on the menu. Its main ingredient is tripe, also known as cow intestine lining. Our marginally-English-speaking (but very sweet) waitress kindly warned us by repeatedly pointing to her stomach.
We ate elsewhere in town and decided that the food in Mont Saint MIchel was easily the worst of our month in France. Given the millions that tromp through each year, they don’t have to try very hard. Oddly enough, the posted restaurant menus throughout town looked nearly identical, like they’d been duplicated and laminated at the same place. We found the “famous” omelet at one nearby restaurant inedible--it looked and tasted like puffy plastic and smelled funky (and not in a good we’re-in-France sort of way.) I still get nauseated thinking about it. The “fondue” was stinky cheese on a cracker.
THE TIDES: Don’t fret if the railed entry pathway goes underwater. There’s a service access to the right under an arch. (I’m not sure why they direct tourists on the pathway in the first place, unless it’s to deliver them to the first trinket shops. This town is all about the tourist dollar.) We saw some Japanese girls wade through the ankle-deep sea-water, unaware of the alternative dry option for entry. Fortunately they found it hysterical, if not freezing.
OVERALL: Come at a quieter time of year, if possible. Even with crowds, tourist traps and crappy food, a visit here still earns its keep with a single late-night walk. Simply lovely. You’ll pay more to stay here than it’s probably worth, but you are at picture-perfect Mont Saint MIchel, afterall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hôtel de 19 chambres tout confort dans des demeures historiques du XIVème siècle au coeur du Mont-Saint-Michel, Merveille de l’Occident.Restaurant de tradition dans l’auberge historique du Mouton Blanc avec sa cuisine authentique et savoureuse.L’hôtel historique Au pied de l’Abbaye, l’hôtel du Mouton Blanc de renommée centenaire vous accueille dans sa demeure historique du XIVème siècle et dans seschambres calmes, pleines de charme et d’un très grand confort.L’Auberge normandeDans ses salles à manger traditionnelles. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Priceline, Orbitz, HotelTravel.com, Expedia and Agoda so you can book your Hotel Le Mouton Blanc reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Le Mouton Blanc Hotel