Balthazar Hotel & Spa Rennes MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Excellent location in the heart of Rennes, a short walk from the parliament and the Fine Arts Museum
- On-site spa managed by skincare brand Nuxe (including a pool, a sauna and a hammam)
What To Know
- The gym is open 24 hours
- Free WiFi
- Valet parking is an additional cost of $24 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This boutique hotel in the heart of Rennes is modern without being sterile thanks to exposed brick walls, a sunny courtyard connecting its two buildings (note the vertical garden growing up the brick wall), and cozy in-room amenities including fluffy robes. The 56 guestrooms — which are a minimum of 258 square feet — follow the contemporary theme with a subdued gray palette, walk-in showers and plenty of gadgets (smart TVs and Nespresso machines are standard), and the common areas are similarly elegant. When you’re not out exploring the historic city, sip a glass of wine at Le Bar, zone out in the hammam at the Nuxe spa, splash around in the indoor pool or pile your plate high at the Balthazar restaurant.
In the Area
Rennes, the capital of Brittany, is a history buff’s dream. Explore the Duchesne tower and wall, a Roman fortification that was rebuilt in the 15th century; admire the refurbished medieval-style timber-frame houses just outside the city center (a fire in 1720 destroyed more than 900 original homes); and take a tour of the elegant parliament building (Salomon de Brosse, architect of the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, drew out plans for the stately structure). Schedule your visit to coincide with the Saturday market, France’s second-largest. More than 300 vendors sell local specialties (Coucou de Rennes chickens, Petit Gris melons, salted butter) in the Place des Lices.
How to Get There
A very excellent hotel with first class staff. Check access by road before attempting to "arrive"
I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.
The restaurant is first class - historic food!
This is quite the boutique hotel in an unexpectedly lovely city. We were here to visit a fallen soldier’s grave in the Brittany American Cemetery and found this hotel with the help of our travel experts. They could not have been more welcoming, professional or genuinely French. Food and service were perfect at every turn. They even forgave we “ugly Americans” as our French is terrible and the staff is gracious and forgiving and makes every effort to accommodate. Room was smallish but very efficient with lovely sheeting, towels and robes. We did not have time to try the spa, but next time...
The town of Rennes decided to have a marathon so it was impossible to drive to the hotel. After an hour of frustration I parked the car and walked. The desk folks entertained my spouse while a young chap walked back to the car with me and drove it to the hotel, making liberal use of pedestrian zones.
Rooms are well equiped and the service impeccable. The only reason for a 4 rating instead of 5 is the small rooms. An old trick in the business is to have luxurious small rooms and squeeze in 2 more per floor. Single occupants on business don’t need as much room. The hotel was very quiet.