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“made to feel most unwelcome. Did we stay at the same place as everyone else?”
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Maison Angelus
Ranked #3 of 47 Saint-Malo B&B and Inns
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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“made to feel most unwelcome. Did we stay at the same place as everyone else?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

Christina welcomed us in a friendly way, but unfortunately we didn't see her again and were left to the unsmiling Guiglio. Everything was too much trouble. We needed breakfast by 7.45, as we had a ferry to catch. He told us it was at 9 in a take it or leave it way. We finally persuaded him to make it earlier, but were told there would be no bread as the boulangerie wouldn't be open! Do they not have freezers in France? Monday morning arrived and we were shown down some very steep stairs to the worst breakfast we have ever had. There was fruit juice, but cold dry toast, stale cake and little else. I would have liked some fruit and spotted some bananas at the very far end of the table, obviously not intended for us. I had to ask. He could see quite clearly that I was eating nothing, but made no effort to talk to myself or my husband, despite our efforts to engage him in conversation. He showed no interest in us whatsoever and made it very obvious that we were a major inconvenience. We felt extremely uncomfortable. It could not have been a language barrier, either, as we are both fluent French speakers and he speaks it reasonably . We could not wait to leave. I cannot understand how everyone else seems to have had such a marvellous experience when this is our worst ever. Moreover, the room was only average and more expensive than the other far more spacious and luxurious rooms in hotels we had stayed in during this holiday. We were both naturally very upset and it was a bad way to end a holiday. Christina needs to take a more active role. We may then have been writing something akin to what everyone else has written.

Room Tip: Avoid an attic room. Our's was up very steep slippery wooden stairs with a timer light which kep...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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ricots, Owner at Maison Angelus, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
I read your review and I do not intend to comment it in any way since you are the only one who found our house and our welcoming "horrible".
I only wonder wether all the other guests, who stayed with us and left earlier than you in the morning, were wrong in writing their reviews.
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

We loved it here. It was our last night before going home on the ferry. Giulio took us to catch our ferry which we really appreciated. The rooms are beautifully decorated and very peaceful. Nothing was too much trouble. Christina's English is excellent which allowed us to relax and forget our French for a while.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Maison Angelus is a three room B&B with wonderful hosts. From the moment we stepped through the open front door (they had been waiting for us) Christina and Giulio were constantly interested in making our stay enjoyable. Both are also great chefs and they have put in a state of the art kitchen to support their cooking. The result is not only very enjoyable breakfasts but they are also very interested in putting on full Italian cuisine dinners for guests who are interested (they also do cooking classes in the off season).
They have obviously put a significant investment over the past few years, not only in the kitchen but in upgrading the rooms and putting in a terrace, which is a nice spot for an afternoon pause. The room we had was large and the bathroom with shower (actual walk in not a tub) was also quite big. I really appreciated the details like them installing non-slip ceramic tiling in the bathroom.
Over the years they have collected a large number of books, paintings, prints and even some of Giulio’s sculptures. So, it can take a while walking through the halls because there are so many items of interest that one cannot resist stopping and admiring at least some of them.
The location is on a main street one block away from the major spa/hotel of the region (so easy to locate on a map). The beach is easily accessible with a short 1 to 2 block walk. The walled historic part of St Malo is about a 10 – 15 minute walk straight along the street that Maison Angelus is on. If you are driving, they have parking for two or three cars in front of the B&B. As we were leaving Giulio was heading to the train station to pick up guests, so I guess that is another way to arrive.
We had limited time in Brittany and so really wanted to try the local dishes but one other couple who were staying there had one of their Italian cuisine dinners and said it was wonderful.
The only potential negative thing I can see for any guest would be the stairs. It is not well suited for someone who has difficulty with stairs. There are about a dozen up to the main floor and then the dining room is down one set of stairs from the main floor and the rooms are up one or two sets of stairs from the main floor. We had no problem but I would recommend leaving this wonderful B&B for guests who do not have challenged going up and down stairs.
Our thanks to Christina and Giulio for the wonderful job they have done setting up this gem of a B&B and their wonderful hospitality.

Room Tip: The advantage of Room #1 is that it is up one flight of stairs not two.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were lucky to get a last minute room with Cristina and Giulio. They were so welcoming when we arrived and provided us a list of places to eat. Unfortunately the nearby places stop taking people for dinner by 9pm, so we walked to the walled city for dinner both nights we were there (about a 20 min walk). It's an easy cab ride back late at night. The B&B is very close to a grocery store and only a block away from Les Thermes Marins. We only had the breakfast but this was very good with a beautiful view of the well groomed backyard!!

We had a top room and it was super quiet and cozy!!! Perfect for sleeping in. A big plus that you have access to wi-fi internet :)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and it was fantastic. The owners made us feel like family and the quality of food at both dinner and breakfast was superb. It's in a great location 2mins from the beach and a 10min walk into the old town. Staying here made our holiday.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Santa Monica, CA
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167 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Any B & B is as good as the host/hostess. In the case of Maison Angelus, you have a great duo looking out for your comfort. Breakfast was more than adequate and a wonderful way to start the day. Christina and Giulio are perfect hosts. The room was comfortable.....not luxurious.....good value and very clean. Dinner was good and a very pleasant experience. Great location in a beautiful part of France. Don't miss the walk along the Ocean to the Old Town.

Room Tip: We like our lower floor accommodation.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

We have stayed at many B&B's during many travels, but Maison Angelus is the best ever. Giulio met us at the train station in St. Malo, and I was able to practice my Italian immediately. Christina is equally welcoming, and the house is just charming and so up to date with many amenities. Everything is first rate, and the rooms are lovely, quiet with magnificently equipped en-suites. Immediately they make you feel as though you are family, there are so many interesting and beautiful things to see in the house itself. The street is quiet, and the bed was firm, a rare find. We are anxiously awaiting our specally prepared Italian dinner this evening. Do not miss this lovely respite!!!!

Room Tip: This is a small B&B, and I would assume all rooms are as lovely as the one we had.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Maison Angelus
Address: 82 avenue Pasteur, 35400, Saint-Malo, France
Location: France > Brittany > Ille-et-Vilaine > Saint-Malo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Saint-Malo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cosy stone villa of 1800 at the back of the Termes Marines, very near to the seaside. Our 3 wide and bright rooms furnished in italian style are very quite and offer you a warm and soothing atmosphere.Cristina will coddle you with savoury breakfast based on homemade cakes, biscuits, marmelades and she will be pleased to have you for dinner. You can taste the delicious products of the area revisited by italian creativity. ... more   less 
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