Nantes’ hotels are reflective of its art and design heritage, and there’s something to suit all budgets. From luxurious suites to chic boutique hotels, here are 10 of the best hotels in Nantes.
Historic meets modern at the Sozo Hotel in Nantes | Photo courtesy of Sozo Hotel
A 19th-century chapel converted into a four-star boutique hotel, Hotel Sozo takes the prize for Nantes’ most unique hotel. Its masterful design blends the church’s original features such as vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows with slick, modern décor and crisp, white sheets. The historic setting is counterbalanced with all the necessary mod-cons and each room is equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine, iPod dock, and HD TV. Room service is also available 24/7.
La Pérouse hotel, Nantes | Photo courtesy of La Pérouse hotel
La Pérouse is perfectly situated for exploring the city, with its prime location in central Nantes, one of the main tram routes right on its doorstep, and the Tour de Bretagne a short stroll away. Housed in a sleek 20th-century building, rooms are bright, spacious, and airy, with hardwood floors and subtle décor. Eco-conscious travelers can also sleep easy, as the hotel was one of the first in the city to receive an EU Ecolabel and the breakfast buffet is packed with organic goodies as well.
Hotel OKKO Nantes Château
Hotel OKKO Nantes Château
| Courtesy of Hotel OKKO Nantes Château
One of seven Olivier Devys-designed OKKO hotels in France, the Hotel OKKO Nantes Château offers four-star luxury with a reasonable price tag and is a few minutes’ walk from the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Conceived as a relaxing space for travelers to unwind, the minimalist décor, generously sized rooms, and Italian cotton bedspreads prioritize comfort. The attentive staff and meticulous service are what make the hotel special, plus the public lounge area called ‘Le Club serves free wine, beer, and canapés in the evening.
Radisson Blu Hotel
Transformed by renowned architect Jean-Phillippe Nuel from the old Palais de Justice (courthouse) into a luxurious four-star hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel is the place to go for the VIP treatment. There are 142 rooms and suites, each featuring unique design elements. An excellent restaurant called ‘À Partager’ serves tapas-style dishes to share with your table. It also features a cocktail bar and an aquatonic spa.
Hotel Voltaire Opera
Right by Place Graslin, the Hotel Voltaire Opera offers a central location without the noise of downtown, and it’s just a 15-minute walk to the Machines de l’Ile. Dating back to the 19th century, the hotel has a long-standing reputation for service and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value hotel in such a convenient location. With a two-star rating, rooms are small and the décor a little dated, but they are also smart, clean, and well-furnished, plus the staff are always willing to go the extra mile.
Opposite the Château des ducs de Bretagne, L’Hotel is a great value three-star hotel in a convenient location for sightseeing on foot. With dark walls and atmospheric lighting, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into a bar, rather than a hotel. But inside, the rooms are bright and modern, albeit a little on the small side. Superior rooms are worth the upgrade for a view over the castle.
Surprenantes - Jules Verne
Urban design inspired by Jules Verne's creations at Surprenantes | Photo courtesy of Pauline LEGOFF/surprenantes.com
Perched on the banks of the Loire River, opposite the Ile de Nantes, the Surprenantes-Jules Verne is a fitting complement to the neighboring Machines de l’Ile. Taking its inspiration from the wild creations and fantastical world of Jules Verne, the ‘hotel’ is a series of one-bed apartments with eclectic themes like ‘La Pêcherie Imaginaire’ (The Imaginary Fishery), ‘La Cabane du Capitaine Nemo’ (Captain Nemo’s Cabin), and ‘De la Terre à la Lune’ (From the Earth to the Moon). The repurposed warehouses have been transformed into urban design masterpieces, making use of recycled materials, antique furniture, and unique structural elements. They have to be seen to be believed.
A boutique hotel with a creative side, Hotel Pommeraye is an elegant choice and its colorful artworks and four ‘artist’s rooms’ – each designed by a different local artist – are a fun touch. Better yet is the location, as it’s at the entrance to the grand Passage Pommeraye, which is Nantes’ most beautiful shopping gallery, and at the center of the lively Graslin Quarter. The hotel is now part of the Accor Hotels group, but there are currently no plans of changing the local management who pride themselves on offering a warm welcome.
Oceania Hotel de France
Step inside the bar at the Oceania Hotel de France and you’ll instantly know this is a hotel that likes to make a statement – think regal pink furnishings, zebra-print wallpapers, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. The rooms follow a more muted color palette but are equally stylish, with parquet floors and plenty of natural light. Everything you’d expect from a four-star hotel is also available, including room service, a small gym, and private parking.
Seven Urban Suites
Created by architect Christian de Portzamparc, this contemporary design hotel sits at the center of Nantes’ most creative district, the Ile de Nantes. Despite the name, there are actually over 100 rooms and suites to choose from, all of them equally stylish and some with a terrace and kitchenette. If you’re checking in to relax, the real highlight is the spa, which has a sauna and Jacuzzi, while the hotel also partners with nearby Nohèm Spa to offer massage and spa treatments.