Relais Chateau: Hôtel de la Plage

Hotel de la Plage RearYou know the saying: location, location, location? Well the Relais Chateau hotel, Hôtel de la Plage in Sainte Anne La Palud, has it in spades.

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You feel like you are at the end of the world, just you and the ocean. There is no town per se, no restaurants or cafes, just you and the water and miles and miles of beaches to walk.

The property is beautiful, but I have to say that the service and the food are just not there. Of all the Relais Chateaus that I have stayed in, this was my worst experience. This statement is my personal opinion, but as I stayed at four different Relais Chateaus on just this trip alone, I feel comfortable stating that the Hôtel de la Plage does not have all the necessary characteristics of this hotel franchise.

However, the location is absolutely magnificent and we enjoyed our stay there.

Our room was gorgeous. We were in a somewhat larger room (compared to photos I saw of some of the rooms) and had a nice terrace. We were located just above the glassed-in dining area (if you look at the photo above, it is the part that kind of juts out from the house in the middle). We spent every night watching the sunset from the terrace, glass of champagne (or cider) in hand.

Our terrace at Hotel de la Plage
Our terrace at Hotel de la Plage
Part of the view from our room at Hotel de la Plage
Part of the view from our room at Hotel de la Plage

We enjoyed one of the best panaché I have ever had in France, a perfect mixture of beer and lemon soda.

A Panaché at the Hotel de la PlageOne evening, out of the three we stayed, we ate in the hotel. We first had an apero in their adorable bar. I loved the various shades of turquoise and other blues, and was particularly fond of the lighting fixtures:

Bar at the Hotel de la PlageWe had a glass of champagne and some amuse-bouches that were really quite good, especially their version of herring and potatoes. The potatoes were very creamy with a slight hint of garlic, I could have eaten a whole bowl!

Herring amuse-bouche at Hotel de la PlageWe went to dinner where we decided not to take a full menu but rather just order entrees. I order lobster which is a regional specialty, and Mr. Misadventures ordered the classic sole meunière (his hope was that he was going to get some more of those potatoes as that what was listed as the accompaniment).

I was very disappointed by the paltry serving, especially since I had just had a similar dish at Chateau Richeux. (The price for this dish was 68 Euros!)

Lobster and white asparagus at Hotel de la Plage
Lobster and white asparagus

While Mr. Misadventures sole was the largest piece we had ever seen served in France, and the flavor on par, the potatoes were not the same as the herring apero, but rather were like the consistency of soup with too much cream (I know, if that is possible…)

The table service was not great, the wait staff was either new, in training, or it is hard to find good staff that far from anywhere. I am not too picky about that, they were just clumsy and awkward and I felt bad for them.

Breakfast throughout our stays in Brittany had been amazing feasts of fresh regional food. We found breakfast at the Hôtel de la Plage underwhelming. One thing that was unacceptable in my mind was the horrible bread. With good Bretagne butter and fresh strawberry confiture (which they had), you must have good bread. The bread at the hotel was indescribably bad. My suggestion is that if that cannot source it locally (since there is not much around) they need to hire a baker. No Relais Chateau should ever serve bread of that caliber.

Despite these flaws, we did have a nice stay and enjoyed exploring the richness of this particular part of the region. More on that in Part 3 of my Brittany road trip reports.

Hotel de la Plage: Lieu Dit Sainte Anne la Palud, 29550 Plonevez-Porzay, France.

9 Comments

  1. jen
    June 27, 2011

    That lobster is smiling at us!

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    1. Andi
      June 27, 2011

      @Jen, not for long!

      Reply
  2. Lady Jennie
    June 30, 2011

    What a shame about the food. Honestly, that dish for 60 some odd euros. You have to try that hidden away restaurant in Deauville next time you go (from my post when we first “met”). We’re going again with my dad in a few weeks.

    But the view from that hotel is magnifique.

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    1. Andi
      July 1, 2011

      @Jennie, yes! I must know about the hidden restaurant!

      Reply

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