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About Nantes

Nantes is no longer the capital of Brittany, but this lively, cultured city with a beautiful Loire-side spot still feels like it is. If you’re here for a city break then you’ll find the best places to stay in Nantes within the city proper, but if you’re looking for a great base for exploring Brittany then you might find some of the best hotels are actually just out of town in the rural lands surrounding the city.

As well as a one-time capital, Nantes has been many things, a Huguenot haven, France’s largest port, an industrial centre with the world’s first public transport system, a shipbuilding behemoth and it’s now a university town known for its rich cultural life. Aside from just enjoying the atmosphere and eating very well, visitors to Nantes will find plenty to do.

What not to miss:

  • The wonderfully Gothic Cathedrale de Saint Pierre and Saint Paul
  • The Château des Ducs de Bretagne - now a museum with some fascinating exhibits about the city
  • The Musée des Beaux-Arts, which is housed in a very fine building
  • And the old port.
  • Nantes also has some beautiful architecture - notably La Place Mellinet, which has eight perfectly symmetrical houses built in an octagon shape,
  • Or, you could check out Ile Feydeau, where the shipowners and merchants built their impressive houses.
  • If you’re looking for cafes, bars and restaurants, try the Place du Bouffay: a pedestrianised area by the château known for its Breton culture, pubs and restaurants. You’ll find plenty of crêpes here, because this is where they were invented!
  • Lastly, Nantes is also close to the beach, and the salt marshes of Guerande, ideal for day trips.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Nantes are the perfect bases for exploring this fascinating city, whether you're looking for a charming guesthouse or contemporary pad in the old town.

The best places to stay in Nantes

For a city break

  • In the old port of Nantes at the mouth of the Loire, the Sozo Hotel has been carefully converted from a 19th-century church. There are 28 rooms with minimalist, white decor and original features - like stained glass windows and arched ceilings. Some have views of the beautiful Botanical Gardens opposite.
  • La Perouse is a design hotel enjoying a great central location. Interiors are smart and modern and it's the ideal base for a short break.

The Best Value Places to Stay in Nantes

  • L'Hotel is in an excellent spot in the heart of Nantes, right by the cathedral and the station. There are 31 rooms with sleek, contemporary decor in crisp colours and dark oak. Rooms start from around €60 per night.

Just out of town

  • Peaceful and romantic, the Château de la Sebiniere is a small, ivy-clad Château in its own gardens and park. There are just four rooms, decorated with antiques, vintage wallpaper and parquet floors. There’s also an outdoor pool and a sunny breakfast room.
  • Les Arbres Rouges is a stylish, five room guesthouse with both indoor and outdoor pools, sleek, modern interiors and smart decor. You can arrange Table d’hote dinners which make the best of the local markets.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Weather-wise, you're best off visiting Nantes during the summer months - the average temperature rises to 20°C in July.
  • However, this is peak tourist season, so for a quieter and cheaper alternative consider coming in the shoulder seasons of spring or autumn.
  • You can fly into Nantes Airport before taking a 20-minute shuttle bus into the centre of town.
  • If you'd like the freedom of having a car with you then browse through options with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Nantes

  • L'Hotel, Nantes Nantes 31 rooms from £53

    Sights nearby  -  Cultural sites not to be missed: The Dukes of Brittany Castle, The Fine Arts Museum, L'île de Versaille & many more
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    Fab location in the heart of Nantes, just a few steps from the cathedral & the station. Inside the hotel is chic and sleek, decorated in crisp simple colours and dark rich oak. Rooms have a great view of the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne or the garden. Stylish & convenient base for a city break. See More

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  • Maisons du Monde Hotel & Suites Nantes 47 rooms from £82

    Local exploring  -  Well located in the heart of the city with many of the major attractions within walking distance
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the picturesque Jardin Japonais de l'Ile de Versailles
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the striking Château des ducs de Bretagne
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    A chic hotel offering a perfectly central location in historic Nantes. Sleek rooms feature parquet flooring, contemporary fittings and espresso machines. Indulgent breakfasts are served in the atmospheric lounge. A smart city base. See More

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  • Okko Nantes Chateau Nantes 80 rooms from £90

    Local exploring  -  The hotel boasts a very central location making it an ideal base for those wishing to explore the city on foot
    Great walks  -  Take a walk in Le Jardin des Plantes, pretty botanical gardens dating back to 1807
    Sights nearby  -  Take a stroll down to the nearby Saint-Pierre Cathedral
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    A cool contemporary hotel set in the heart of Nantes. Sleek rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, retro-inspired furniture and indulgent modern bathrooms. Enjoy daily (free) aperitifs in the trendy lounge after unwinding in the sauna. A convenient city crashpad. See More

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  • Sozo Hotel Nantes 28 rooms from £95

    Suites  -  Bedrooms and suites with thoughtful extras, Fragonard toiletries and daily welcome basket
    B+B  -  A generous spread for the buffet breakfast or served in your room at no extra cost
    Bar  -  Cool bar right in the nave of the church
    Close to nightlife
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    Situated in the handsome old port of Nantes at the mouth of the Loire, this converted 19th century church in the centre of the town is opposite the gorgeous Botanic Gardens. Now a sleek, contemporary hotel, a soaring space with arched ceilings, stained glass windows and minimalist white interior. See More

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  • Les Arbres Rouges Nantes 5 rooms from £98

    Local markets  -  Explore the nearby daily market
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pool
    Fishing  -  On the nearby river
    Sights nearby  -  Nantes City Centre
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    A stylish guesthouse just outside Nantes offering spacious accommodation with indoor and outdoor swimming pools and pretty garden. Bedrooms are sleek, bright and airy with contemporary styling and smart bathrooms. Table d'hote dinners on request. Ideal for discovering the area or a spot of R&R. See More

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  • La Perouse Nantes 46 rooms from £103

    Local exploring  -  There are a number of sights within a short distance of the property
    Short break  -  La Perouse is just 5 miles away from Nantes Atlantique Airport!
    Great walks  -  Take a lesiurely stroll through the Botanical Garden of Nantes
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to visit Nantes Planetarium and Nantes Cathedral
    Air conditioningPet friendly

    La Perouse enjoys a fabulous location in the heart of Nantes. This designer property boasts chic, minimalist accommodation featuring white interiors and offering plenty of light. Enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning made using seasonal organic produce! Smart, spacious, quirky and well-located. See More

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  • Chateau de La Garnison Nantes 4 rooms from £109

    Country Escape  -  A chic chateau set in a secluded and picturesque rural location, ideal for a tranquil country escape
    Families  -  Two of the four bedrooms can sleep up to four
    Great walks  -  Head out straight from the hotel on long picturesque walks
    Sights nearby  -  You are 20 minutes from Nantes city centre
    GardenParkingNo pets

    An imposing chateau set in a secluded rural spot just outside Nantes. Beautifully renovated rooms are the epitome of rural chic; simply designed with soft grey hues, exposed stone walls and the best have freestanding baths. The proximity to the city makes this ideal for an easy weekend escape. See More

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