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La Plage Art et Emotions
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in La Grande-Motte
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great beach front hotel”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Second floor with balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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inverness
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Great staff, great food, great pool, stones throw from beach. A 5-10 minute walk from the restaurants but it was good to walk off the vino and fish served down at the marina. Would defo go back to this hotel.

Room Tip: Try not to stay on the ground floor and if you can get beach front you will love it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bedfordshire
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Stayed here for 1 week early summer. Pleasantly surprised to find they have own private beach area with no charge for sun beds a great saving in this resort. Friendly Staff in this area serve drinks and snacks. Hotel is very comfortable, staff speak English well. Rooms are over looking the beach. Breakfast is of a good standard. A 5 min walk to restaurants along a path next to the beach. Great place can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Morges, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Viewed from the outside, the Hotel de la Plage blends in perfectly with the quirky architecture of La Grande-Motte, which is a mix of triangular high-rise apartment blocks set back in the town centre and more curvaceous low-rise beach-front properties.

It is located at the far end of the beach, right next to the inlet that separates La Grande-Motte with the neighbouring seaside commune of Le Grau du Roi. All rooms overlook the beach, which is just metres from the grounds of the hotel, and from the start of the summer season is sectioned off as a private beach accessible only to hotel residents.

The welcome on arrival was very warm, especially from Riri, the hotel's affectionate cat, which was rather soothing after a frustrating six-hour drive. The interior of the hotel is thoughtfully decorated with some nice touches that spruce up what could otherwise be a fairly bland interior. There is a small bar with a small games room (one pool table) next to it and then the restaurant, which we did not try unfortunately, nor did we sample the €16 breakfast. For comparison, for under €20 I had a full Sunday brunch in the town that comprised fresh fruit juice, two hot drinks, a chicken fillet, bacon, boiled eggs, smoked salmon, pancake, a choice of patisserie, a choice of fresh fruit and a generous baguette with a choice of jam.

The rooms are clean and comfortable, with a small balcony overlooking the sea, wall-mounted flat-screen TV and a mini-bar (drinks only). There was free wireless internet but the connection was quite sporadic and seemed more difficult to catch with an iPad than with an iPhone. Our room had individual air conditioning, although we didn't really need it. I notice another reviewer complained about not being able to plug the hairdryer in - I had the same problem until my wife simply flipped open a flap on the strip light and, hey presto, there was a socket.

On the ground floor, there is a separate spa area (accessed with the same electronic badge that is used to open the hotel door after 11pm and the barrier for the car park) with an enclosed hot tub, a small steam bath and an even smaller sauna, which would be crowded with more than two people in it. Nevertheless, the spa area was tastefully designed and cleaned.

We travelled by car and, with the hotel being located at the edge of town, this was quite convenient for us. The car park is usually secured by a barrier, so that you can only get in or out with a badge (or if someone inside the hotel operates the barrier for you). But you could quite easily leave the car for the duration of your stay and hop on one of the bikes available for hire from the hotel (or even hire a Segway in town, for which the French "giropode" might prove useful).

The hotel also provided us with a small leaflet of sights worth seeing in the region. It looked like they had produced this themselves, which was thoughtful, since there is a lot to see in the region besides the sea (such as the Camargue nature reserve and the Pont du Gard).

This was our second time in the region and we have enjoyed both stays, mainly because of the excellent choice of food and the fresh seafood available at reasonable prices from most restaurants.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Stayed in this hotel for one night. The rooms were nicely refurbished probably about 4-5 years ago. Nice room overlooking the ocean. The only negatives were the bath didn't have a place to hand the hand shower so we were forced to have bath (ie no shower) and the hairdryer was permanently connected to the wall but the plug to plug it in couldn't reach any power socket in sight so it was un-usable....derrrr.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: La Plage Art et Emotions
Address: 52 Allee du Levant, 34280 La Grande-Motte, France
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Location: France > Occitanie > Herault > La Grande-Motte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in La Grande-Motte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Plage Art et Emotions 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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