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Hotel Napoleon
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ile d'Aix
IRELAND
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Just something to know”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We spent 2 nights on the island with our 3 small children. We stayed in the suite which was ideally laid out for the family, nice decor and amenities (free wifi), nice cot with mattress for baby, and large enough for a short trip. The only thing to know is that there is no air conditioning in the room, which is not a problem if you can leave your windows open, but the suite is literally above the restaurant, which means you cannot sleep until the last customer (or staff...) have left the terrace. This was a real shame as the rest of the hotel is very good: Location, decor and staff.
The crowds are by no means loud on the island, it's just that the room is badly located for a restful night...(you have breakfast on terrace as well!)
Just something to know, otherwise, wonderful trip on the island.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Farnham, Surrey
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66 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Our first night at the Napoleon was excellent. The restaurant is superb, our bed was comfortable and the shower, fantastic. Our second night was not so good. The restaurant was still superb but the smell outside our room was awful. It was like someone had placed a giant vat of effluent outside our window, allowing the breeze to waft it right up our noses. This was room 116 so you might want to be careful. It was also facing the courtyard whereas another of our party (on the street side) didn't smell a thing.

My biggest complaint is the ridiculously loud rave that went on till the early hours of the morning. I know this has nothing to do with the hotel but the island is very small and when you're there for a restful break, they could warn you about the awful techno thumping that will destroy your brain.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic hotel, beautifully decorated. Attentive and friendly staff. A really special place. Good continental breakfast for €12 and an upmarket restaurant. A nice change of pace from La Rochelle. Be prepared to make your own entertainment In the evening and cycle firing the day. You will probably leave inspired to redecorate your home!

Stayed July 2014
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London
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2013

The hotel is Simple and chic, located at the top of the 'high street' and is in keeping with the general charm of the island. The rooms are simple, small but well catered and the restaurant houses a very good food and wine menu. It's the perfect base to explore and enjoy the island's setting. Recommend getting a bike and heading to the beach on the east side with a picnic between the dunes facing the Atlantic. Stunning.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank SCJarvis
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2012

If you're on the island you know what it's like, if not go there it is fantastic. Sleepy, maybe the lack of cars and everyone walking or cycling in no hurry, makes it seem that way. The hotel matches the rest of the buildings in appearance from outside, slightly run down and not too precious. To me that's good as it fitted in the surroundings. Inside the place is very smartly decorated and appointed and the rooms were gems. Very modern in appearance. Staff were great too.

Stayed August 2012
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Dublin
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133 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2012 via mobile

Ok, you're on an island and it's a French resort; you really can't beat this hotel for chic, but it's also the only hotel in town. The shower was trendy but very functional, powerful and hot. The flat screen TV small but adequate and there is free wifi for your stay.

The breakfast @ €12.50 each is steep - but the boulangerie about 10 houses away on the right does breakfast for €3.80 each with the freshest croissants imaginable as the baker gets up at 04.00 am to make the bread for the island. His wife makes a great milky coffee! Dinner in the hotel is pretty good value with a nice choice of dishes. There are other places to eat.

To sum up, ok value (except the breakfast!). Nice decor, staff are great other than the receptionist who was a bit lacking in warmth and confidence.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Napoleon
Address: 4 rue Gourgaud, 17123, Ile d'Aix, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > Ile d'Aix
Amenities:
Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ile d'Aix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Napoleon 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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