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“Amazing views, great food, and warm hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Au Roi Gradlon
Audierne, France   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Audierne
Ireland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Amazing views, great food, and warm hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I am just back from a short trip to Brittany. I have travelled extensively in this area over five years, and by far my favourite hotel in the region is the Au Roi Gradlon in Audierne, which keeps me returning year after year. There is a wonderful sense of calm at this hotel, due to its highly efficient operation and due to the warmth and friendliness of the staff. The majority of rooms have really beautiful sea-views which are bordered by a the pier wall and lighthouse to the left, and the harbour to the right from where you can take a ferry to Ile de Sein. The hotel is positioned just above a sandy beach that is popular with families and it is just pleasant and very relaxing to open the window, read a book and enjoy the fantastic views and seaside sounds. Or if you are inclined you can obviously go to the beach and become part of those sounds. The rooms are modern in decoration, exceptionally clean, and have as a theme the characteristic Brittany light blue and white that you see everywhere. I have eaten in the restaurant many times and once on this trip. The food is very good, the speciality is of course seafood, and the dishes are complemented by a good selection of wines. Having tried a number of the other establishments in the area, I find the restaurant to be one of the best in Audierne and incomparable in terms of those amazing views which makes spending time there an absolute pleasure. Audierne is also an unspoilt treat, being a little less touristy than other locations and the more enjoyable for it. The town is a beautiful example of the best Brittany has to offer, picturesque and with lovely laid out walking areas along the sea inlet from the town to the beach. Walking out to the lighthouse after dinner when you have it to yourself, bar the odd fisherman, is a guilty indulgence of mine. In addition to its beaches there is some of the most spectacular rugged scenery Brittany has to offer just a short drive or cycle away at Pointe du Raz, and Pointe du Van. I usually hike along the coast from one headland to the other, and back parking at Pointe du Van. This takes about 4 hrs but feels like 5 minutes so breathtaking is the natural coastline beauty. So, if you are thinking of going to Brittany, you should definitely consider Audierne as a base, there is a lot to see and do. And if you are staying in Audiern try Au Roi Gradlon. You will be glad you did. I left already looking forward to returning.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dir_RG, Gérant at Hotel Au Roi Gradlon, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Dear sir. To say that the review of your recent stay pleased us is a total understatement. In fact, it put a huge grin on our faces ! We are glad that on top of the qualities that you found in our venue, you also pointed at the beauties of the area we are located in. Audierne is a jem, and the coastline on both sides of La Pointe du Raz is rarely less than breathtaking ! Hikers, cyclists and nature lovers of all kind are keen on stating how impressed they are by the sheer beauty of our region. A blessing we are well aware of...
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We were directed to this hotel by the local tourist information office on a very wet afternoon last May and were so pleasantly surprised by what we found. The room had been recently refurbished and was very well appointed but most of all the views from our corner room were spectacular, looking along the beach and out to sea. The breakfast was very generous and great coffee. The gentleman we dealt with was both friendly and very helpful and made the whole experience excellent.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dir_RG, Gérant at Hotel Au Roi Gradlon, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind comments ! It is not that often that we welcome visitors from down under, and we are glad that after such a long journey you stumbled upon our hotel. Apart from keeping the windows as clean as possible, our responsibility is minimal when it comes to the view from the rooms and restaurant. But despite our two stars rating we try to maintain a fair level of quality overall. The odds are that we will probably not see you in Audierne every Week end, but if you do travel back to our part of the world some day, we will be delighted to welcome you again.
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London, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

This hotel was an overnight stop for a motorcycle tour by a group of 6 friends / colleagues, and for this purpose it was more or less perfect. The back of the hotel is straight on to the beach and the view from the balcony was superb. The reception staff were friendly, very helpful and spoke good English. Rooms were clean and tidy with good bathrooms. The evening meal was excellent, and although breakfast was a continental buffet without much variety it was unlimited in quantity and as with the other meals of good quality. Three twin rooms split 6 ways including breakfast, evening meals, and a few drinks and coffees, worked out at £50 each, which we all felt to be good value. The hotel has a private off-road parking area next to it and is motorcycle-friendly. Another good find from the Logis de France book and I would most certainly use this hotel again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Malling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

We recently stayed at Hotel Au Roi Gradlon for three nights whilst touring Normandy and Brittany.

The hotel is in a lovely location on a headland with a long sandy bay beneath the hotel and, with its own very convenient car park, it is a good base when visiting the area. An internet facility is available free to guests.

We stayed on a demi-pension basis which was probably the best option as Audierne itself is about a fifteen minute walk from the hotel and the only other place to eat close by is a brasserie which can be very busy in the evenings, although still a good place to have a drink. The food at the hotel was generally of a good standard but we were disappointed that they did not offer menu options, even though the restaurant has a wide range of menu choices for non-residents eating at the hotel. However, the options were very different each evening of our stay.

Our hotel room was of reasonable size with a large balcony and lovely views overlooking the sea. They even provide a sun umbrella.

Overall, we would recommend this hotel as a touring base if staying in the Audierne area and it could also be a good choice if looking for a beach holiday.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fareham, Hampshire
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117 reviews 117 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

Book early to make sure you get a room overlooking the bay. My friend and I sadly ended up in the one room with a view of the road - but it didn't really matter.

The earlier reviewers are right - it's a lovely place with friendly people. The food both at breakfast and dinner is excellent. However a little updating of the rooms and a lick of paint would make it even better. The hotel needs a little TLC.

You will love the wonderful bay - walks along the beach to the headland are a must. The town itself boasts a lively Saturday morning market. And it's a good place for touring Finistere - take suitable clothes in case the Atlantic breezes are sharp.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

We have just returned from a week's holiday staying at this hotel. We were with four other couples and we used the hotel as a base for our cycling holiday. What a marvellous choice it was for us! Very comfortable, spotless rooms all with a terrace overlooking a beautiful white sandy beach. We slept lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves.
The food was sensational. The chef and his team prepared the most wonderful dishes, the presentation was fantastic. We all thought this was heaven, a marvellous breakfast then a day of leisurely cycling in the beautiful countryside and then a return to a sumptuous dinner.
The owner and staff were marvellous, very professional and helpful. I certainly hope to return to this super hotel. Thank you Loic and all your team.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Devon, UK
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2008

Au Roi Gradlon is literally on the edge of a lovely white sand beach just outside the delightful little town of Audierne (nearly a mile by road, shortcuts on foot). It's not luxurious or opulent but is extremely comfortable and pleasant and the value for money is amazing for such a situation. (In fact when paying the bill my husband told the nice owner that he should be charging more!!)

Their website is very comprehensive (and accurate, as it turned out) & it was one of the reasons we booked in spite of there being no TripAdvisor reviews of the hotel. For 70 euros we got a decent sized room, a very comfortable bed (though it was only a standard double) with good crisp cotton sheets, a pleasant en-suite with a good shower, plenty of hanging and shelf/drawer space - and a terrace overlooking that lovely beach! It was fantastic to go to sleep with the french windows open to the sound of the pounding surf.

The entrance is from the road at the front and there are two floors below and one above - the 5 bedrooms with terraces are on the top floor with the best views, obviously. The terraces themselves are a bit basic and not very beautiful, with opaque glass in front and a quirky gate arrangement onto a front passageway, presumably a fire escape. But you look at the view, not the terrace! There is a table and 2 chairs, and in the wardrobe was a new parasol.

The restaurant is very attractive with fabulous views and the food is exceptionally good, beautifully presented and served. The basic set menu is very good value for money at 19 euros with no choice, and there are several other menus with more choices at various prices, plus a very comprehensive a la carte menu. The surroundings and service are quite formal, and on our second night we decided to go somewhere a bit more buzzy for dinner but regretted it, as we paid as much for a disappointing meal at the cafe on the point 50 yards away!

In season you have to take breakfast at the hotel for an extra 9 euros pp, which we wouldn't have chosen to do but it was very good - exceptionally fresh and delicious croissants & bread, a huge fruit bowl and fresh fruit salad, Greek yogurt, hard-boiled eggs - even d.i.y. toast - but as usual there were those horrible little tubs of jams made of gluey not-fruit which are pretty disgusting and SO unneccesssary in the land of Bonne Maman. Grrrr! Rant over - next time I will take my own home-made marmalade with me!

We would - and will - stay there again and I would recommend it to anybody.

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Address: Audierne, France
Location: France > Brittany > Finistere > Audierne
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Audierne
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Number of rooms: 19
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