La Baule, France

La Palmeraie

Price per night from$135.87

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR116.36), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Art-deco abode

Setting

Palm-fronted promenade

Boutique hotel La Palmeraie is France’s answer to an art-deco Miami mansion – well-stocked with wicker-based antiques, a subtle pastel hue to its exterior and a mean-business cocktail menu, all within sandal-throwing distance of a sandy beach. Each of its nine rooms is decorated in sea-and-sand–inspired hues, amiable staff will, on request, guide you to the hidden rooftop bar (in summer months only) and decadent Sunday brunches are the seafood-stocked stuff of Atlantis legends. Don your sunhat (there’s one waiting in your room) et voilà.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £116.15 (€128), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.30 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates generally exclude breakfast (€20 an adult, €7 a child) – it’s a spread of cakes, madeleines, fresh bread from La Baule market, granola, freshly pressed orange juice and savoury breakfast dishes.

At the hotel

WiFi, bicycles to borrow. In rooms: TV, free bottled water, a sun hat to borrow, Echo bath products and air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Nature-inspired chandeliers hang in the sea-and-sand hued Junior Suites – each has a built-in seating area and some have a private terrace too.

Packing tips

Bring your Bensimons for bike rides and leisurely walks along the coastal trail and your retro swimwear for stylish beach lounging.

Also

An access ramp leads to the front desk, a lift and one accessible guest room on the ground floor.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs under 10kg can stay for €8 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in La Baule.

Children

Welcome. There’s a beach across the street, child-friendly menu items and a Family Suite kitted out with bunk beds.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel has a recycling programme and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients are used in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Reserve a table on the terrace in advance – it’s an in-demand spot for guests and locals alike.

Dress Code

Opt for a pop of colour – sky blue or sunflower yellows will suit the surroundings perfectly.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Maxime Bobin is at the helm of restaurant La Volière, which specialises in local delicacies and fresh seafood. Settle into a cosy corner seat in the lantern-hung restaurant or dine alfresco on the pergola-shaded terrace; start your dinner with yuzu-marinated mackerel in fennel cream before mains of oven-cooked catch-of-the-day. Don’t miss the Valrhona chocolate tart, served with a scoop of home-made salted caramel ice cream. Book in advance for Sunday brunch (€65 an adult, €23 a child), a decadent buffet spread of morning favourites, including fresh fruits, crusty breads, oysters on ice, gourmet salads, fresh seafood and baskets of freshly baked pastries – served with champagne, of course. 

Hotel bar

Settle into the plump sofas of the cosy lounge or, in summer months, ask a member of staff to point the way to the hotel’s hidden rooftop bar. Surrounded by pine trees, it’s ideally positioned for sundowners. Go dealer’s choice with the cocktail of the day, or order anything made with Citadelle French gin (we like the martini).

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10.30am (Sunday brunch from 11.30am). In July and August, La Volière is open for dinner every night from 7pm to 9.30pm; from September to June, it’s open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday only.

Room service

Have breakfast delivered to your door from 7.30am to 10.30am.

Location

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Address
La Palmeraie
7 Avenue des Cormorans
La Baule-Escoublac
44500
France

La Palmeraie is in the centre of La Baule and a short stroll from the beach.

Planes

Nantes Atlantique is 90 minutes away by car, and is served by Air France, KLM, EasyJet and a handful of other carriers; direct flights can be booked from select cities across Europe, including London, Paris, Marseille and Amsterdam.

Trains

SNCF trains from Paris Montparnasse Station pull into La Baule Escoublac station, two kilometres from the hotel.

Automobiles

There’s no onsite parking, but the adjacent off-street parking is free. There's no real need for a car in La Baule – we suspect you’ll want to spend most of your time on foot or bike, visiting the seaside cafés and exploring the coastal paths (when you’re not stationary, soaking up the sun), but a set of wheels can come in handy if you’re keen to get to know more of Brittany.

Worth getting out of bed for

La Baule beach – a nine-kilometre-long stretch of sand with views from Pornichet to Pouliguen – is a three-minute walk from La Palmeraie. Test out your sea legs on Bauloise Bay with a flotilla of watersport options, like windsurfing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and catamaran sailing. Prefer to stay dry while you take in the sea air? Borrow from the hotel’s fleet of bikes and pedal your way to along the wild coast bike path. There are also hiking and horse-riding trails to explore. The nearby harbour town of Le Croisic is France’s main centre for cockle farming: take a guided tour of Route des Coquillages (the shellfish trail) or wander through the old town, pausing at pretty, 16th-century half-timbered houses. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the Guérande salt marshes by boat or spend a day wandering the trails of Parc National de Briere. For the most sweeping of sunset views, stroll down the coast and snag a spot at Baie de la bonne Vierge; bonus points for carting a bottle of wine (and a corkscrew) along with you.

Local restaurants

Brunch on the beach at Les Canetons and wiggle your toes in the sand while you slowly wake up to rich coffees and local seafood dishes. Lunch à la Française on savoury buckwheat galettes – filled with cheese, ham, followed by lemon-and-sugar crepes at Crêperie La Petite Bauloise. For dinner, there’s modern beachside restaurant Le Récif – an on-trend spot for prettily plated dishes and salty sea air; it doesn’t accept bookings, but is well worth a queue. Celebrating something? Gourmet restaurant L’Océan rises just above the rocky shoreline and has wrap-around bay windows with sunset-facing ocean views. Choose from à la carte or set menus of freshly caught fish – go for the baked-in-salt sea bass if you have the option – and shellfish, followed by rich cheese plates and light-as-air soufflés.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel by the coast in Brittany and unpacked their beach reads and bottle of wine, a full account of their French seaside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside La Palmeraie in La Baule…

Step right up, via the palm-lined staircase, to boutique hotel La Palmeraie, an art-deco seaside stay on the west coast of France. Antiques – a bamboo desk here, a ceramic fish there – nod to the hotel’s history and sea-and-sand hues lend a calming air to the otherwise modern hotel. Leisurely breakfasts of freshly baked pastries and local favourites can be served on the hidden alfresco terrace – try to spot the resident ginger tabby while you sip your morning coffee – and, in summer, evenings can be whiled away on the rooftop bar. What you do between the two is up to you: with the sea within shell-flinging distance of your window and an expansive stretch of golden sand to explore, we’re confident you’ll find ways of entertaining yourself until dinner time…

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