On September 13, my friend and I flew to Vannes, France for a friend’s wedding. We booked this hotel because of the good reviews I found in the internet and it was the closest to Frank Provost where we booked our hair appointment for the wedding. Note that this is a 2-star hotel, therefore to be fair; I am reviewing the hotel with that in mind.
The Inter-Hotel Manche Ocean is located at 31 rue du Lieutenant Colonel Maury Vannes, France.
To get to Vannes from Geneva, we had to fly to Nantes (that’s the closest airport to Vannes) and drove for over an hour to Vannes. As we rented a car, I don’t really know how to get to the hotel from Nantes Airport by public transportation. As for driving from the Nantes Airport to Vannes, we had a GPS so sorry, I can’t help you with that either.
As for the location, it was very ideal for us. For the primary purpose of our travel, which is to attend a friend’s wedding, the hotel is conveniently located close to the church. It is also walking distance to the Old Town, Port, a wonderful small market, shopping area, etc.
Rooms and Facilities (4/5)
For a two star hotel, our room (including our bathroom) was pretty impressive: simple, clean, and spacious. The bathroom is separated from the WC. They have the basic needs: hair dryer, you can borrow an iron and ironing board, wifi (although I can’t really vouch for it because I didn’t use it), mini fridge, phone, etc. The bed I had was comfortable enough. They also have an elevator but really small to fit 2 people with big luggage’s.
The reception is even open 24/7 – for a 2 start hotel in a small town in Europe, this is not quite usual. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional cost. I can’t comment on their breakfast though since we preferred to have our breakfast in the Old Town – which I would recommend. Lastly, what I really like about this hotel is that they have their own parking garage.
Tip: On Sundays, I noticed that the coffee shops were mostly closed in the morning but the indoor market has a coffee shop that I find really good. Don’t forget to try their caramel macchiato… it is good and the best thing is the presentation.
Staff and Services (5/5)
The staff are very friendly, specially the lady at the reception. When we arrived in Vannes, it was already past 11 pm. All restaurants were literally close and the bars that were open weren’t serving food anymore. We were horribly starving! When we got to the hotel, we asked the receptionist if she knows any open restaurant at that time, she told us that there’s none. After settling in to our room, we were set to sleep with our empty stomachs when the lady knocked on our door and brought us hot tea, some toasts, and butter and jam (with no extra charges!). God bless that lady!
As someone who works in a safety and security unit and gives security travel advice to my organization’s female staff members from time to time, I can’t help but also include a safety and security review. I travel alone mostly so I am pretty much conscious about safety and security, regardless if I’m in a safest place in Europe.
Except for the narrow stairs, I find the hotel’s facility pretty safe. The 2 things that particularly made me feel safe about this hotel are: 1) the reception is manned 24/7; 2) the room that we had have separate doors for the bed room, bathroom, and toilet, aside from the main door. As for the area, we walked from somewhere close to the Opera to our hotel at around 03.30H and it felt pretty safe.
We paid EUR 73.00 per night and since I was sharing the room with a friend, it was EUR 36.50 per person.
Total : 4.5/5 – Don’t be deceived by the stars. The Inter-Hotel Manche Ocean is France is far more than just a 2-star hotel. In fact, this little hotel can give other 3-star hotels a run for their money. If I’m coming back to Vannes, I’ll definitely book this hotel again.
That’s all for now!