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The 10 Best Cultural Hotels in Rennes, France
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The 10 Best Cultural Hotels in Rennes, France

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Updated: 9 February 2017
A city of historical beauty and gastronomical quality, Rennes, the capital of Brittany, stands out for being one of the most cultural cities in the north of France. To complement any visit to this remarkable place, be it with a focus on its art, food, student culture, or extensive history that dates back 2,000 years, there are few better options than selecting an independent, cultural hotel in which to stay. From the grand and luxurious to cozy boutiques, we’ve chosen the best.
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The Balthazar Hotel

A truly stylish way for visitors to enjoy their time in Rennes, The Balthazar Hotel offers luxurious quality in a lovely modern setting. It also includes a spa; the perfect way to ease sore muscles after a long day of sightseeing. What makes this hotel particularly notable, however, is its restaurant that offers truly gastronomic quality with elegant yet traditional French cuisine, best sampled on its tranquil patio.

The Balthazar Hotel, 19 Rue de Marechal Joffre, Rennes, France +33 02 99 32 32 32

Old fireplace
Old fireplace | © Milestoned/Flickr
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Symphonie des Sens

For a truly magical experience, elegant bed and breakfast Symphonie des Sens provides patrons with the amazing opportunity of spending their nights in Rennes in a genuine 16th century mansion, complete with double doors, a spiral staircase and large fireplaces. The historical grandeur, however, is tastefully juxtaposed by the chic, modern décor, so that the magnificent rooms are laden with all mod cons too.

Symphonie des Sens, 3 Rue du Chapitre, Rennes, France +33 02 99 79 30 30

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Hôtel LeCoq-Gadby

Just fifteen minutes’ walk from the centre of Rennes, Hôtel LeCoq-Gadby is a well-located modern and inventive establishment. Its spirit for fun and quirkiness shows in its differently themed rooms, ranging from a tartan-themed Scottish one to a rustic “Carpenter” room. Also of note is its superb Michelin-starred restaurant, complete with a regularly-changing menu to suit the chef’s creative style.

Hôtel LeCoq-Gadby, 156 Rue Antrain, Rennes, France +33 02 99 38 05 55

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Hôtel de la T.A.

Situated on the first floor of an historic 19th century building, the charming independent Hôtel de la T.A. is a comfortable and cultural way for guests to sojourn at Rennes, ideally placed in the heart of the city. The enchanting rooms with character are each individually, tastefully decorated and some also include very pleasant balconies. Not to be missed is the extensive morning buffet, in its delightful bright and quirky breakfast area.

Hôtel de la T.A., 20 Boulevard de la Tour d’Auvergne, Rennes, France +33 02 23 42 10 01

View from Rennes hotel room
View from Rennes hotel room | © Nicolas Vigier/Flickr
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Hôtel de Nemours

Just a few paces from the opera house and the contemporary art center of Rennes, the cosy Hôtel de Nemours is an enchanting establishment, boasting comfortable rooms with big French windows overlooking the quaint cobblestone streets of this historic district. This hotel transports guests to another era, with corridors adding to the charm, being nicely decorated with photos of Rennes from the 1900s, as well as the traditional floorboards and staircases. This charming, unimposing hotel is great for guests searching for something modest yet authentic.

Hôtel de Nemours, 5 Rue de Nemours, Rennes, France +33 02 99 78 26 26

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Hôtel Arcantis Le Voltaire

A short bus ride from the city center, the quaint and very reasonably priced Hôtel Arcantis Le Voltaire includes comfortable rooms with unique, retro-style décor, and an especially lovely garden just outside the dining room. The quirky décor stretches to the memorabilia-filled common areas, including the free pinball machine in the bar. Of particular note is the truly superb breakfast, including freshly squeezed orange juice and a range of pastries.

Hôtel Arcantis le Voltaire, 10 Rue de Guébriant, Rennes, France +33 02 99 67 33 33

Rennes market
Rennes market | © jennicatpink/Flickr
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Hôtel des Lices

Ideally located in the lovely pedestrianised Old Town of Rennes, the charming Hôtel des Lices is a great way for guests to really immerse themselves in the history of the town. It has a range of stylish and comfortable rooms, some including very pleasant balconies that overlook the historic Place des Lices itself. These rooms are particularly coveted on Saturday mornings, during which the square hosts one of the largest markets in France; guests can enjoy the exciting view from their rooms or wander down for a browse in just a few seconds.

Hôtel des Lices, 7 Place des Lices, Rennes, France +33 02 99 79 14 81

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Le Victoria

Conveniently situated just a few paces from the train station, right in the center of Rennes, the stylish and contemporary Le Victoria offers a chic and comfortable stay. This is a small, friendly, finely decorated boutique that has a personal touch and certainly does not break the bank. The newly renovated restaurant also boasts a good variety of tasty dishes using fresh products in a modern, welcoming setting, not to mention a truly delightful patio.

Le Victoria, 35 Avenue Jean Janvier, Rennes, France +33 02 99 31 69 11

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Hôtel Anne de Bretagne

Step past a somewhat unassuming exterior to find the warmly decorated, family-owned Hôtel Anne de Bretagne. Well placed in the centre of Rennes, it is just a few minutes’ walk from the main sites. The bright and modern rooms are particularly spacious and the breakfast is extensive. This recently renovated, independent hotel is certainly a very pleasant way to spend one’s visit in Rennes, and cat lovers would do well to ask about the manager’s gorgeous feline.

Hôtel Anne de Bretagne, 12 Rue Tronjolly, Rennes, France +33 02 99 31 49 49

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Hôtel Astrid

Just a few minutes’ walk from the train station, the quirky Hôtel Astrid welcomes guests into a lovely and friendly environment. While modest, it is a stylish establishment with bright but cozy, comfortable rooms. This elegant, intimate boutique offers guests a personal experience and the breakfast is also worth mentioning, with a good range of both sweet and savoury options in a welcoming, modern setting.

Hôtel Astrid, 32 Avenue Louis Barthou, Rennes, France +33 02 99 30 82 38