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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Everything you can expect from a boutique hotel. Small many rooms, very clean, tasteful design and decoration, comfortable, very friendly personal service. For once I did not get the impression that their website pictures had been doctored, as it is the case with so many other hotels.
The only things we missed were:
a) an onsite restaurant (there are only a few good ones in Dinard)
b) longer opening hours of the bar service (they close at 10.00/10.30 pm)
Especially attractive features are the excellent breakfast with lots of fresh and healthy options, and the beautiful design and atmosphere of the piano bar/breakfast room.
My wife who is disabled and I stayed one night before catching the ferry back to the UK from St Malo.
Nice hotel with limited evening menu. Good breakfast.
We would of liked a sea view but ended up overlooking a rusty old roof.
Parking is in a separate building and is by reservation only.
Very helpful staff.
This hotel nestles in the heart of the lovely Dinard. Ideally located near the beach and offering some great walks. The staff are very helpful the rooms are of a very good standard. Not the cheapest but very nice indeed.