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“Charming, cute and spotless” 4 of 5 stars
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Le Vieux Greement
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“Charming, cute and spotless”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

Just returned from a three night stay here. Now we all know three star in France can sometimes be nothing more than a glorified guesthouse and a glorified guesthouse this is! Beautiful 'guest house', extremely tastefully decorated rooms, even L' OCCITANE products in the bathroom. Very clean and functional. The walls are however very thin and be prepared to hear the church bells echo early morning! Free Wifi is available to guests, nice touch. Didnt have breakfast here as this was an additional 12 euro per person, there is a fab bakery 2mins down the road.

La Couarde sur Mer is a pretty, quiet spot and hiring bikes is a definate - can be done locally. However I have to mention to those considering Il de Re as a destination, be prepared to pay! Taxis are totally over priced, was quoted 50 euro return to Saint Martin (which is 5km by bike!). Restaurants are also very pricey and obviously cash in on the fact that you would not take a taxi elsewhere at night. Le Cabine de Bain restaurant in the village is lovely, however very pricey. Expect to pay aprox 23-26 euro per main course. Dont get me wrong there is nothing wrong with paying that much however in France I would have expected a bit more. The chef here is Irish which was nice to see, I think he also charged "Irish" prices! Other than that, a few more casual places to dine closeby. The beach is also on your doorstep in this village.

Service in the hotel itself is also questionable, my only quibble was the gent at front desk - I even think he was the owner, not the most friendly but you would get over that!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

We have visited il de re four times staying in different hotels. We decided to take a room here as it is central to the island and near a lovely beach. The rooms are very attractive and comfortable. We had a room one up from standard, good size. Nice bathroom. Good bedlinen. Very cleanWe had the Continental breakfast twice. Service in the morning was good with a pleasant French woman. Other times of the day the staff in the wine bar were young and very slow. Very casual attitude. On arrival I asked for a juice at the bar. Was asked to sit down for waiter service which never came. When I ordered he forgot the order. After a good twenty minutes I got up and complained at the bar whereupon he went to the fridge and produced the juice in one second. Not a good first impression. Would be a nice touch to leave a bottle of water in the room on arrival gratis. Would not cost hotel much. There are two particularly good restaurants in the village centre where we ate in the evening. There is a good market most days. Nearby Ars market also very good. Cycling is a must on this island to make the most of the atmosphere and scenery. Overall a good quiet unpretencious place to stay. Great for short breaks. Would go back.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Vieux Greement
Address: 13 Place Carnot | Ile de Ré, 17670 La Couarde-sur-Mer, Ile de Re, France
Location: France > Poitou-Charentes > Charente-Maritime > Ile de Re > La Couarde-sur-Mer
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in La Couarde-sur-Mer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Human size Hotel We are a 19 rooms hotel each individually decorated in a style rhétais. They are spread Place Carnot side (pedestrian square in front of our hotel) or side patio (a courtyard within our hotel). This configuration makes Le Vieux Gréement a perfect haven for your holiday. The establishment Le Vieux Gréement, formerly Les Dés Fleuris, or before a simple Guesthouse, is a historical place of accommodation Couardais, as if it had always existed. ... more   less 
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