After visiting Mont St. Michel and St, Malo, we stopped by this hotel for a night. From the moment we drove into the garden, I knew it was something special, in spite of the rain. The building was lovely, the garden well-arranged and we parked beside the smokehouse, where the local fish was prepared for the dining room.
The marvelous chef, Roellinger, is well-known, though his establishment perhaps less. The late 19th c. building has been meticulously restored and provided the prettiest room possible overlooking the Bay of Mont St. Michel for our companion who was 90. Our room, equally lovely in terms of decoration, did not look out on the sea but the gardens. And in the morning, the view provided us with a magnificent rainbow! In the room, someone had thought of each need--we had lovely soaps and oils, a bottle of digestif, cookies, dried fruits, and even a TV that rose from the furniture (but did not have to be seen).
The restaurant, where we had reserved in January, was a bit more difficult. When we were seated at 7:45 pm, the restaurant was almost empty, but we had a table with a view on the radiator and the wall. Fortunately our friend, who is 90, had the good sense to ask, "Why are we here, and not next to the window with something to see?' The maitre d' said that all the tables were reserved, but somehow he found a place for us, in the center but with a view. When I asked why the tables were thus arranged, he said--'It is according to the date you reserved." Since we had reserved in January and it was May, I was not completely convinced…. But, our table was delightful, the dinner was delicious with oysters and riz de veau, The dessert table was the best part--,magnificent presentation and choice. I advise the tart with chocolate and caramel with salted butter and the profiteroles. The rhubarb sorbet was also terrific.
The breakfast was wonderful, with homemade breads, and local yogurt.
My only reservation was about the seating in the dining room. Otherwise, it wa a memorable stay in a glorious setting with a memorable dinner. Extra added attraction--a beautiful black cat named Bigoudi, who gave a special atmosphere for us who love and missed our cats.
A memorable hotel and I'd return in a minute--with proper instructions to the restaurant.
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