Royal Emeraude Dinard MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Excellent breakfast with an emphasis on local flavors; don’t miss the mini–rice pudding
- Travel-theme classic decor, with plenty of quirky details
- A family-run affair with homey and friendly service
What To Know
- The basement fitness room is well equipped and has a hammam, but there’s no pool
- There's a small breakfast room and a bar, but there's no restaurant; room service is available
- Free parking and WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Dating from the 19th century, when the upper echelons of British and American society flocked to Dinard for their summer vacations, the Royal Emeraude is a Belle Epoque beauty close to the seafront. Owners Joel Maro and Nathalie Philippon totally renovated the place in 2006 without compromising its stylish Old World charm. Dark woods, leather upholstery and rich colors give plenty of character. Look out for the hosts’ cameo appearances in the specially commissioned paintings by British artist Rod Stribley, displayed throughout the hotel.
Bed and Bath
The 47 guestrooms are all designed around the theme of travel. The ground floor is inspired by colonial India and the second floor by luxury cruise liners. On the third floor the theme is the Orient Express, and above that it’s all about aviation. It’s not overdone — bespoke furniture by local Brittany firm Starbay and paintings by Rod Stibley reflect the themes perfectly. Some bathrooms have tubs, others only showers, but all come with toiletries from U.S. brand C.O. Bigelow.
The buffet breakfast is a treat, with a focus on local produce and flavors. Try the “far Breton,” a flan made with prunes, or the mini–rice pudding with a caramel base. Yogurts are from neighboring St. Malo, and eggs are cooked to order. Take afternoon tea in the colonial piano bar, or start the evening there with a cocktail. The bar itself is made from an old hot air balloon basket.
In the Area
Dinard is a little jewel on Brittany’s Emerald Coast. The beach, just moments from the hotel, has an Old World vibe with blue-and-white striped beach tents. Take a coastal walk to admire the rocky seascape and the imposing neo-Gothic granite villas overlooking it; but beware, parts of the path are inaccessible at high tide. Explore Dinard’s many galleries and boutiques, then pause for a galette (savoury buckwheat pancake) for lunch at the Creperie du Roy. For dinner try Le Petit Port for fabulous modern food with sea views to die for, or try Le Café Rouge or Chez Ma Pomme.
How to Get There
The location is ideal for those wanting access to the seafront but easy walking distance of interesting bistros. The welcome on arrival was warm and genuine offering parking advice and assistance (Be aware the hotel parking is EUR18.00/night but in fairness is secured). As it was off season there were plenty of nearby (free) street parking places.
The rooms was clean and comfortable although I don't think I would have wasted money on a 'Luxe" room upgrade as they all seem a similar size. A few have a sea view, but you'll pay for it.
There is no restaurant at this hotel but service in the lounge/bar was excellent for cocktails or breakfast. It's a great place to sit and watch the world go by from the large gallery windows. But be warned the seats are very low.
Prices were surprisingly high given that it was off season, but I suspect they were trying to 'cash-in on Castlebrac being closed.
For the brief visit to the film festival I chose this hotel for its proximity to the activities of that festival, its position virtually on the beach and the availability of private parking. Actually entering the hotel`s car park was awkward owing to its no entry from the main drag and the adjoining traffic chaos of that weekend. Eventually a helpful staff member directed me into the one way street the wrong way and all was fine.
The ground floor (and breakfast area) was elegantly supplied with leather furniture and overlooked the beach through large windows. The room was themed from a film set and was equipped with all necessities. It was spotless. The bed was large and very comfortable. Breakfast was fit for an A listed film person. All manner of breads, cakes, fruits, the ubiquitous scrambled eggs and coffee....no complaints at all. Not the cheapest in Dinard by far but any better place to stay would be hard to find; in my humble opinion.
Stayed at this hotel twice so far, on Autumnal weekend breaks to lovely Dinard. The location is excellent, a stone's throw from the sea. Some of the rooms offer sea views, and the bar gives a view of the sea and the belle epoque esplanade and provides a great place to sit and enjoy a cocktail or take a slow breakfast. The rooms are very good, themed around the golden age of travel, and equipped with huge and comfortable beds and modern powerful showers. The staff were all friendly, whether on reception, in the bar or in room cleaning. The receptionists offered to book us taxis and tables for dinner, both of which offers we took up on our respective stays. The bar staff are attentive and polite, in the evenings and at breakfast. The cleaning team are exceptional - our rooms were absolutely immaculate on each of our visits. We'll be back.
This hotel is well positioned in the centre of Dinard. It is close to both the beach and to the centre of town.
We had a two night stay on our way back to the ferry at St Malo.
The hotel is only twenty minutes from the St Malo ferry terminal so in a good position for travellers heading there.
It is decorated in a 1920’s style. The rooms and corridors reflecting travel at this time. One floor reflecting sea travel. One going by air etc. It has recently been renovated so everything was smart and clean.
Staff were very efficient and helpful on both check in and check out.
Parking is on the streets around which could be difficult but the hotel does have a garage that guests can use for 17 euros a night.
Breakfasts were excellent with a good choice.
The only negative was the fact that I booked on line and the photograph shown on my booking was not the deluxe room that I had booked but one of a higher grade. There was therefore a little disappointment of expectations not being met. This apart , a good visit in a comfortable , welcoming hotel .
A lovely hotel that is superbly located just off the seafront in the centre of Dinard. The staff are very helpful and can’t do enough for us.
The decor is quirky but nicely done and the bed linen is of a high standard. Very comfortable and we can totally recommend.
Some reviewers have complained about the lack of a restaurant but there are dozens within minutes walk from the hotel door. Breakfast is of a good quality and plentiful. Would stay here again. The photo is from our third floor window- there is a very efficient lift.