Ok lets start out with the obvious. You dont go to La Grande Motte for luxury. Its more like a French Brighton in concrete. If you can free your mind, you will have a great time. Its a little hard to find, with satnav, but it is well signposted so if you follow them you will make it to the hotel no problems.
If you are staying in this aree, stay in La Grande Motte here not Le Grau du Rois... which is a dump!
We chose the hotel because it was beach front and had its own private beach section. The private beach was just what we were looking for, a very lazy day in the sun, slightly detatched from the masses, of which there were plenty and they served lunch by your lounger. The staff on the beach were very helpful and moving the umbrella for you was never a problem.
There is NO elevator and no concierge, so beware if you are travelling and constantly carrying heavy bags.
The hotel is perfectly clean if a little dated. They have tried their best to modernise it on a budget and to be really honest, that was just fine. I would suggest that they get rid of the carpeted stairs as most of the time they seemed covered in sand from the beach - not a good look!
Room: Clean, a little dated, but the view overlooking the sea is what made it. The art on the wall made us giggle. The bed was comfy and there was wifi. It would be great if they could include safes that could hold more than a wallet. The bathrooms need a little love, there were very few places to hang our towels - A must for a beach side hotel if you ask me.
Loves: the food, the service, cleanliness and the entertainment (they had great singers which sadly noone listened to)
About the food, La Grande Motte is never going to be known for its cuisine and the marina is about 20 mins walk away if you want to find semi decent restaurants. My advice would be to eat at the hotel, the food is actually excellent and dinner marred only by the restaurant lacking a little atmosphere. (i hope it will change as it grows in popularity?) The wine list is reasonably priced and good quality (the rose is yummy)
The spa: Treatments very good. The lady did a very nice full body massage with head massage included it was very relaxing. But PLEASE sort out the waiting area. I instinctively went to the spa lounge area to wait to be picked up for my treatment, it turns out i was meant to wait in reception in my bathrobe??? In the end i stuck my head out and asked if they had forgotten me. Why not get all clients to wait in the spa area... you will get more people using it... since its a little hard to find!
By staying in this hotel you feel you are in France hanging out with the French - it is off the beaten track in terms of tourist locations. We liked it for what it was, simple, friendly and on the beach.
The hotel was great value and very relaxing. The staff are cheerful and hard working and even amenable to non French speaking guests! Would return again and use as base to explore the region.
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- The team of hotel La Plage Art & Emotions is happy to welcome you to our new design hotel to make your stay a priviliged experience ! Either on a leisure trip, business or incentive , we would be delighted to help organise your stay and make it the most enjoyable possible. After many months of total refurbishement, La Plage Art & Emotions will reopen end of July 2017. A unique resort, direct on the beach in La Grande-Motte. Your new and stylish address. Our hotel is in the process of 5* classification. ... more less
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