FERRY & HOTEL
Grand Hotel de Courtoisville, St Malo
France > Brittany > ST MALO
Nicely located within pretty gardens complete with fountain, the Grand Hotel is close to the beach and thalassotherapy centre (sea water spa treatments) and just a pleasant half hour stroll from the old town of Intra Muros. The bedrooms are attractive and comfortable, there is a bright conservatory lounge and the pleasant restaurant, which is fast gaining an impressive reputation, serves excellent traditional fare with a focus on locally caught fish and seafood. There is also the added benefit of a large indoor pool (closed 6-9 Jan) equipped with a hydrotherapy massage system and a spa area - an ideal way to relax at the end of the day! Free parking or a taxi ride from the ferry terminal (3.5k). With its long maritime tradition and historic attractions, St Malo is one of France's great tourist centres and ideal for a break at any time of the year. Particularly popular is Intra Muros (within the walls) where strolling through the maze of cobbled streets with their tall granite buildings, lively bars, restaurants, and stylish boutiques feels like stepping back in time. You can take a bracing walk around the ancient ramparts admiring the fabulous views or take a ride on the little road train and discover places you might have otherwise missed. For a day at the seaside you need venture no further as the local beaches are superb and opposite the old town there are 2 or 3 little offshore islands and forts that can be reached on foot at low tide, one of which is Grand Be where the writer Chateaubriand is buried. Even if you don't want to spend the day relaxing on the beach there are still plenty of things to see and do for all the family including the grand aquarium, the thalassotherapy centre, the casino, the Fort National, Le Monde du Coquillage (a great little shell museum and shop) - the list is endless. One thing is for sure though, once you've visited St Malo it's al most certain that you'll want to return.
Restaurant closed 25 Nov-5 Dec & 6-19 Jan.