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Hotel Hostellerie de la Mer
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Crozon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 9, 2014

This was our third lunch and the excellent standard consistent. Where to start? Amuse bouche: Tempura langoustine, hot, cockles in a jelly that was so flavoursome (could have eaten a bucketful) and a chilled veg. veloute. Menus 44 & 28. A starter you must look out for, which probably features most days but changes the description (despite an English translation) is a warm emulsion of langoustine which is very intense with another layer on top, of a set vegetable cream. Once it was fennel another time dill. One time it was all disguised in a description of 'a bed of braised leeks, poached egg on the top with a langoustine emulsion'. This heavenly offering was presented like a scallop with a tuille leaning over to suggest a scallop's top shell just open. I have never encountered such a creation and would toy with having this three times instead of a meal it is just SO good. I did ask Monsieur Frappier how to make it and I got the gist ('take a litre of cream....' and then take up jogging for a fortnight) Cannelloni of crab: neither pasta, nor hot. The body was a thin envelope of a delicate red jelly filled with the very finest white meat of crab (the head) The accompanying bits of salad and blobs of sauce made this an experience of subtly and surprise. If you want something more rustic, the fish soup is maison and very hearty.The main chosen on the 44 was turbot and a good size and what was served with it complimented the King of Fish, not competed with it. Cheese on this menu had a staggering 10/12 choices and the waiter was happily preparing to cut as many as we wanted. (an array of forks and knives intended to cut each separately) I didn't take a dessert but the one chosen by other half is worth flagging up in this review as being outstanding. An oblong sweet base and three squares of a lime and cream concoction with a lime sorbet on the side.
It had been our intention to stay overnight but dates we wanted were n/a but we looked at a room and will certainly strive to do so and have time for this fab fayre at dinner time and only have to totter upstairs afterwards.
Crozon is about an hour and a half's drive from Roscoff and if it would fit your travel itinerary, fit it in at all costs.
The menus at H de la Mer encompass a variety of tastes and the pork two ways is simple and un-poncey. Here is a talent that is quite exceptional and M. Frappier would have every right to swan about with a large head but that isn't his way and he pops out of the kitchen with a big smile to check that his diners are happy. Wine list good, service from happy staff.
Saw a review comment about slow service. This last time there were two groups of at least twelve having lunch and service was very efficient and deft. Breakfast moaner: 11 euros is below the going rate and if you get eggs and cold meat too for this price, trust me you are doing well!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ocemalo, Gérant at Hotel Hostellerie de la Mer, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2014

Dear Guest, It was a great pleasure to welcome you and thank you very much for sharing these wonderful comments with us on Tripadvisor! We definitively hope to see you soon in Crozon! Yours sincerely,

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

The Hotel is owned and run by Jacques Frappier and his wife I believe. He cooks beautifully at lunch and supper in the restaurant downstairs and you then only have to totter upstairs to your room. What made this hotel for me however is the fantastic breakfast. A huge selection of lovely fresh items including a home made Breton cake /pudding which is suburb and will definitely set you up for the day. My only very slight criticism is cider at €10 a glass is a bit steep, but then it was very nice cider.

Room Tip: Go for the bay view, but be warned the French navy may fly a helicopter past your room
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Ocemalo, Gérant at Hotel Hostellerie de la Mer, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for staying at the Hostellerie de la Mer and for sharing your experience with us on Tripadvisor. We greatly appreciate your comment. Regarding the cider I think there were a mistake indeed the bottle of cider is at 10€ and the glass of cider is at 3€. Don’t hesitate to call us or email us at contact@hostelleriedelamer.com to regulate your bill. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back soon.
Yours sincerely,

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Very small room; could not close the toilet door (no room). Restaurant seriously overpriced 11€ for breakfast????? Staff indifferent, I asked for a sachet of coffee instead of a disgusting fruit infusion left in the room, sorry not possible! NIce location but taking the mickey

Room Tip: Don't stay in 13
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ocemalo, Propriétaire at Hotel Hostellerie de la Mer, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Dear David P,
I'm sorry to hear that your experience wasn't as top as we would like it to be.
Ours back view rooms are the smallest room of the hotel (12m² for room number 13) sea view room is around 18m² and suite room has an area of 25m². There is courtesy tray in all our room with free tea or infusion but we do not have coffee indeed. You can however take a coffee on our living room.

The buffet breakfast is at 11€ (published at the reception and not obligatory) and includes: fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, cheese, ham, local products, various breads, jams, croissants, pastries coffee, teas, juices, cereals, etc…

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again in the future and please feel free to ask for a room with sea view or suite room.

Best regards,

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were celebrating my mum's birthday , party of 5 .Great place , outstanding view ( but then this area is the craddle of my family ! ) ;friendly welcome , nice room , classical decoration from Brittany with "closed beds"' .cosy atmosphere , good service .Food is delicious , fresh local products ,we all took different things , either from "menus" or "à la carte" , starters , main course and desserts , no disappointment.
We come there almost every year and always enjoy the palce.

Room Tip: We did not sleep in the hotel ;
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Ocemalo, Gérant at Hotel Hostellerie de la Mer, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Dear balay29,
It was a pleasure welcoming you and we are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you very much for leaving your impressions on Tripadvisor!

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This unpretentious hotel is run by a charming couple who do all they can to help. The husband (the Chef) was very helpful towards my coeliac husband, and the restaurant was very good indeed. The rooms are variable standard but since they are priced differently, this is fine! Breakfast was also very good, and replenished every few minutes so it always looked appetising. Machines for making fresh orange juice and boiling your own eggs were available. There are some marvellous drives (and walks) on the Crozon peninsula.

The one warning I would make is that 'Crozon' is the name of the town, the commune, and the whole peninsula, so staying at this hotel means you need a car to get to, for example, the Michelin Bib Gourmande restaurant in Crozon, even though they have the same postcode. Parking opposite the hotel was very easy, and free, in late June.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I selected this hotel from the Logis hotel website and so glad that I did.
We stayed for three nights and loved it.
From the warm welcome at reception to the nicely decorated and spotlessly clean room.
Took a while to find it as it is at Le Fret which is several miles outside of the town centre but in a great, peaceful location.
Extremely good breakfast with lots of choices including local fare but the icing on the cake was the restaurant. Why eat elsewhere when you can eat here.
We had the Menu du Terroir which included choices for starter, main and dessert and at 27 Euros was money well spent. The food, service and attention to detail were impeccable and we shall definitely look forward to returning.

Room Tip: Reserve the restaurant as it is not very large and is obviously popular. Ask for a room overlooking...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The room was big and clean but tired. We would stay again.

We ate in the hotel restaurant (there are limited other choices) but the food was excellent however there was a later price to pay which we attributed, without evidence, to either the oysters or the fish. Very disappointing for a first class restaurant but as always, ymmv.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ocemalo, Gérant at Hotel Hostellerie de la Mer, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you for having taken the time to leave your comment on Tripadvisor following your recent stay with us at the Hostellerie de la Mer. I don’t really understand your comment about the restaurant cause oysters and several fishes are in the first menu (“menu du terroir” at 27€) and there is 4 choices for starter, plate, and dessert on this menu.
I hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back to the Hostellerie de la Mer.
We look forward to your next visit and remain,
Yours sincerely,

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Address: Quai Le Fret | Le Fret, 29160, Crozon, France
Location: France > Brittany > Finistere > Crozon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Crozon
Price Range: $79 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Hostellerie de la Mer 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostellerie de la Mer, located within the Pininsula of Crozon, in the traditional port of Le Fret, is a charming Hotel Logis with a restaurant facing the bay of Brest. With a view on the sea for some of the room, you will enjoy your trip to the ends of the earth at the extreme tip of Brittany. ... more   less 
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