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
Do not be fulled by the complexity of hotel own pictures. You are going to see something very basic indeed. Such as not more than 50 centimeters to the wall from either side of your bed in their Deluxe (one of the highest) category. Breakfast will be charged separately at 21 Euro per person. Your luggage you will carry yourselves as there is no one in the front entrance door to meet you. We had to wait for 15 minutes for the front desk to finish some phone call to tell us where to park our car. Not mentioning the dinner recommendations of which only one restaurant was actually opened. Take you drinks in the evening. Go to your bed (smaller than the one of your little child). Listen to your wife taking shower behind the thin wooden wall. Enjoy!
PS also please forget about Accord hotels online check in. Thaey simply say they do not know what it is!!!
We have stay there before so knowing the Hotel we decided to doing again. we were not disappointed the room was great as was the breakfast and everybody spoke English and I must say that the lady that cleaned our room every day must have gone over it with a fine toothcomb ,it was like you were going into a new room everyday we are already looking to book for next trip
The hotel offers private/ secure parking - important when you have luggage for a long trip - and is easy to find. It is a friendly hotel with good breakfast. The staff were consistently excellent. They made things easy.
We have visited the hotel a number of times, the last of which was in September. The hotel has themed rooms, one floor being an ocean liner and the other a train. The rooms are clean, modern and quiet and the bathrooms are very well appointed (although we have only ever had a shower). There are Clarins toiletries which is a very nice touch. However, overall the cost of the rooms are quiet expensive compared to other hotels of a similar standard in France. There is a looked garage for parking which is an extra charge.
A very brief trip to Dinard made very special by this gem of a hotel. Very warm helpful service from all staff. Room (deluxe on second floor with sea view) was wonderfully decorated in style in-keeping with the beautiful building. Bar/breakfast area is beautiful with its quirky balloon basket bar. Cocktails in the evening and a leisurely varied breakfast were both equally delicious. Highly recommended.