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About St Malo

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. The 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 princely villas and golf links 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

What not to miss:

  • Take a walk along St. Malo's historic walls that surround the whole of the Old Town.
  • Stroll through the cobblestone streets of the pretty Old Town stopping at cafes and restaurants along the way.
  • Enjoy blustery walks along the long stretch of Plage du Sillon.
  • Explore the Château de Saint-Malo dating back to the 1400s.

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.

For period charm

  • L’Ascott is a beautiful 18th century mansion situated in the Saint Servan district of St. Malo. It boasts a lovely secluded garden for enjoying drinks or breakfast and the central location provides an ideal base for exploring the town and surrounding area.
  • Malouiniere Le Valmarin is a former ship owner's residence dating from the 18th century and is set in a wooded park 50m from the beach. It has 12 spacious bedrooms and exudes warmth, comfort and refinement.
  • Chateau du Colombier is 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.

For seafront properties

  • Directly on the Saint-Malo seafront, Les Charmettes is a charming hotel. Rooms are comfortable and smart and many have glorious seaside views.

For those on a budget

  • The Beaufort enjoys a prime position on the seafront near the centre of St.Malo. The contemporary guestrooms of the hotel showcase breathtaking water views and all from only €79 per night!

For an apartment or villa

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly to Dinard-Pleurtuit-St-Malo Airport, 13 km from the city or travel by train to St. Malo's station which is well connected to Paris and Rennes.
  • Weather-wise the best time to visit is the summer months from June to September with temperatures peaking in August around the mid twenties celcius.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in St Malo

  • Hotel Les Charmettes St Malo 18 rooms from £65

    Surfing  -  Saint-Malo's strong spring and autumn tides make it a great place for surfing.
    Sailing  -  Perfect stopping point for a sailing trip around the coast of Brittany.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famous 12th centrury Saint-Malo ramparts.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    Directly on the Saint-Malo seafront, Les Charmettes is a charming hotel. Rooms are simple and comfortable and many have glorious seaside views. Spend the day relaxing on the beach and in the evening enjoy delicious regional seafood, especially the world famous Sillon oysters. See More

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  • Hotel Beaufort St-Malo, Brittany 22 rooms from £86

    On the beach  -  Direct access to the beach
    Views  -  Fantastic sea views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Pet friendlyViews

    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. See More

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  • Malouiniere le valmarin St-Malo, Brittany 8 rooms from £87

    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • L'Ascott Saint-Malo, Brittany 10 rooms from £91

    Views  -  The Bay of St Malo is beautiful.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the neighbourhoods of Solido, Intra Muros.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Le Grand Be St Malo 56 rooms from £114

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly situated in Saint-Malo's old town with most of the major attractions within walking distance
    Beach Life  -  The hotel is just steps away from St Malo's Plage de Bon Secours, its main sandy beach
    Great walks  -  Stroll through old St-Malo and admire the granite architecture and stop in one of the local cafes
    Spa  -  There is a small wellness centre with sauna, steam room, massage room and fitness area.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A smart 4 star hotel set in the heart of historic Saint-Malo. Rooms are light and bright with pale wooden floors, simple modern furniture and indulgent bathrooms. With a fine-dining restaurant (that specialises in seafood) and a wellness centre, this is sure to be an relaxing stay. See More

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  • Chateau du Colombier Saint-Malo, Brittany 15 rooms from £118

    Local exploring  -  In a splendid quiet location, close to the city centre, yet moments away from the beautiful beaches in the Brittany region.
    Writing a novel  -  Sit out in the lovely gardens and be inspired by the poetic location and peaceful atmosphere.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the Saint-Malo Cathedral and the 18th century La Demeure de Corsaire - a privateers house and museum.
    Local markets  -  Walk and explore the interesting cobbled streets of the old town.
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    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. See More

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