St. Malo is a walled city port in Brittany. Historically it was notorious for piracy, being home to the infamous ‘Corsairs’ – privateers who roamed the English Channel forcing ships to pay tribute. Wealth also came from further afield; Jacques Cartier is credited with discovering Canada and sailors from St. Malo were the first to colonise the Falkland Islands (hence ‘Malvinas’ or ‘Malouines’) and to successfully navigate Cape Horn. The best places to stay in St. Malo enable the traveller to soak in this dashing past which is reflected in the beaches, buildings and ramparts of the town.
Today St. Malo is a major tourist destination. Its population of 150,000 can swell to 200,000 during the season. There is much to see and do. The town has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in Europe and oysters are a particular speciality.
According to one travel writer ‘the dense labyrinth of dressed stone speaks of the power, wealth and shamelessness of the 17th and 18th centuries’. There are innumerable sites of interest; the walled city, the Solidor Tower, the tomb of Chateaubriand, the Cathedral of St. Vincent, the great Aquarium, the list goes on.
Dinard, the ‘Nice du Nord’ with its princely villas and links golf lies across the eastury. The magical Mont St. Michel is a short drive away.
Transport links are excellent. There is the ferry terminal, airport 5km to the South and the TGV to Paris, Rennes etc. Which means that the best places to stay in St Malo make a brilliant stop off point either on your way to discover more of France or on your way home.....though the town merits at least a couple of days stop over.
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A charming renovated farmhouse. Cosy rooms feature wooden furniture and rustic fabrics. Gardens, terrace and bar. A short drive from the beaches of northern France. Perfect for an understated country escape with plenty of coastal activities.
Seafront townhouse hotel in St Malo. Contemporary rooms with private sea facing balconies and all the modern gadgetry. A lovely lounge bar with a terrace for watching the sun go down.
An elegant hotel with the feel of a country manor yet in the centre of St Malo. Graceful toile de jouy dressed bedrooms and family suites. Beautiful garden, neighbouring beaches, spas, restaurants, and watersports. A great choice for families and those on a budget.
An excellent characterful three-star hotel in a glorious position. Beautiful stone farmhouse with simple airy bedrooms, private terraces, Persian rugs, bright colours and antiques. A lofty beamed breakfast room serves delicious French cuisine. Ideally situated for access to the Emerald Coast.
A charming little hotel in Saint-Malo within easy reach of lovely beaches. Contemporary chic rooms in muted tones with parquet floors, luxury bedding, and all the mod cons. A really pleasant spot for a weekend break near the beach.
A lovely castle with beautiful architecture that dates back to 1715 built by a ship manager of the East India Company. High ceilings, four poster beds, period furniture and intricate chandeliers add to the old world charm. A fine dining restaurant with wonderful views of the lush gardens.