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“Slightly tired but clean and spacious apartment” 3 of 5 stars
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Residence le Mail Plage
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17 avenue du Mail, 17670 La Couarde-sur-Mer, Ile de Re, France   |  
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Hertfordshire
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“Slightly tired but clean and spacious apartment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2009

Just returned from a week with hubby and our two adult daughters, only booked a short time ago through Cottages4You. The apartment was very spacious on two levels, set at front of block, it was clean and tidy but just somewhat tired. We took our own bed linen and towels. The guy in recepiton was always very polite and friendly, the pool was ok, no problem getting a sunbed tho might be different in high season tho who wants to sit at the pool with the beach just a very short walk away! Il de re is just lovely, hired bikes and cycled all over, local restaurants were good, especially the one oppostie. Just one thing, would take a kettle next time as only a coffee maker there. Not much to do for young adults. Very good value - you cant expect 5 star when you pay those prices ie you get what you pay for! Will go back.

  • Stayed September 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Lincoln
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2009

I wasn't sure what to expect after reading reviews but was very disappointed. We found reception staff to be unhelpful and unfriendly, and when we complained about anything all of a sudden they lost ability to speak English. We booked through Welcome Cottages and it stated we had a terrace. When we got there found only 25% of the rooms had terraces. We also found the apartments cramped, not very comfortable and they smelled. They were fairly clean. The actual location was lacing in atmosphere. The best thing was hiring some bikes - Excellent cycle paths North of Island. The best meal we had was next door to apartments which we only discovered on final night. Lovely meal and inexpensive. Certainly not recommended for young couples!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Co. Kerry
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

We were staying in the Residence La Mail Plage 2005 and it wasn't very clean at the time. Still we booked again (prices are really low) and were pleasantly suprised. The supplied linen was whiter than white, individually wrapped in a plastic bag, the apartment was spotless! We arrived outside the opening times of the reception, but no problem, the housekeeper let us in to our apartment (very friendly) Then we jumped into the pool (the beach is 100m away) and our holidays began. Like to mention that we could take our dog into the apartment, she could sleep downstairs and we had peace upstairs. Ile de Re is a fantastic experience, we love the bridge to it, the 9 Euro crossing fee keeps all the riff-raff (I hope you know what I mean) away on the mainland. Dining in St. Martin is superb and very competitively priced. The Residence Le Mail Plage is highly recommended this time.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grenoble
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2008

We found Mail Plage upon friends'recommendation. It was lovely, it's not a massive resort, so you meet people, the pool is nice, the flats are quiet, cosy and nicely decorated.

We appreciated having meals on the balcony and getting out sometimes to wall on the beach or cycle around the island.
By all means, Ile de Re is a great vacation destination.
But : do not go in July and August when the French have their holiday, it will be much quieter and enjoyable if you fancy a nice rest!

  • Liked — The tranquility and nice staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2008

If you fancy a lovely and quiet holiday : head for the Ile de Ré, away from Cote d'Azur crowds and trafficjams.

We stayed in a 2 rooms flat, self-catered (plenty of lovely restaurants nearby) with a balcony. I loved seating outside, reading and just relaxing while my husband went on roundtrips cycling around the island.
The place has a swimming pool, our neighbours were very nice people as well.
recommended!

  • Liked — Nice and quiet
  • Disliked — a bigger tv screen would have been nice
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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chicago
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2008

Great place, friendly staff! We stayed there 2 weeks with the missus and the kids. Kids loved the pool and the island. Missus enjoyed the balcony of the apartment.
The residence is well situated, we loved it so much, we already booked for next year, although in July when it is less crowded.

  • Liked — the pool
  • Disliked — decor need to be updated
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South Wales
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2008

Let's get a few things into perspective here, bearing in mind the almost universally dire reviews this accommodation has received. Residence Mail Plage is strictly budget accommodation and should be reviewed in that light. We are a family of five who got a non-camping holiday on the Ile de Re in August for less than £1700. I think that's pretty good value but it means you have to accept some compromises. Sure the rooms and furniture are basic and one of our bedrooms was windowless. However, everything was reasonably clean and our patio area backed on to the pool and was quite pleasant. Reviewers' comments about the lack of towels, sheets and TV are misleading and unfair - it's made perfectly clear in the brochure that these are only available via extra payment. The lack of an oven is an inconvenience - but again this was made clear in the brochure. We made one complaint - a damp patch on the wall in our bedroom. This was duly noted by the manager. There was always plenty of hot water and heating was available if needed. Remember - you get what you pay for and all in all we were reasonably satisfied with the value for money we got with Residence Mail Plage.

  • Liked — The location on the Ile de RE
  • Disliked — Overall lack of comfort but in the context of the price paid it was OK.
  • Stayed August 2008, 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 Residence le Mail Plage

Address: 17 avenue du Mail, 17670 La Couarde-sur-Mer, Ile de Re, France
Location: France > Poitou-Charentes > Charente-Maritime > Ile de Re > La Couarde-sur-Mer
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in La Couarde-sur-Mer
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence le Mail Plage 3*
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