Les Terrasses Poulard
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Historical Traveler Reviews Les Terrasses Poulard Le Mont-St-Michel
Got a great deal!
As three travelers who had procrastinated a bit too much when it came to hotels, we ended up booking a double at the Mere Poulard for one night in July 2005. We were determined to stay on the Mont overnight and no more triples were available on-line. Upon arrival, as we couldn't hide the fact that we had 3 people (the hotel lobby is tiny), the gentleman behind the counter insisted on upgrading us to a triple. He kept saying that there wouldn't be room enough for all of us, and although we were reluctant at first to take advantage of his kindness, we ended up being very thankful. The hotel didn't charge us extra, and the room we got had a lovely little view and easy access to the street below and the walks of the Mont above.
The hotel is right by the entrance gates of the Mont, which is great because you don't have to navigate yourself and your luggage through the hoards of tourists...you do have to lug it up the windy staircases, though. We did not eat at the Mere Poulard restaurant, but we did visit the hotel bar/lounge, which was quiet and peaceful, perfect for a nightcap before turning in. I would highly recommend staying overnight on the Mont if you want some peace and quiet after most tourists have departed. Even at the height of summer we really felt like we had the whole island to ourselves when night fell.
A Memory you won't Forget
My wife and I and three children, ages 17,14 and 7 stayed at this hotel for one night on the 27th of December. First, let me say that when you drive up to Mont St. Michel it exceeds every picture you have seen. We got in about 9pm and the whole place was lit up. We got two rooms, one triple for the kids and a double for us. I had seen the rates on the internet but emailed the hotel directly and got an exceptional rate for the two rooms (130 for the triple and 80 for the double). Every email I sent resulted in an immediate response. Both the rooms had views of the Abbey and the bay. The kid's room had a bathtub and a shower. Ours just had a shower but it was clean. The Mont itself is just a marvel to visit and experience. It wasn't crowded when we went (very cold)and everyone was nice. Don't fall for the premise that staying off the Mont is better. The hotels are at the end of the causeway before you get to the Mont and look like bland touristy hotels. My kids were thrilled to stay on the Mont and we weren't disappointed at all. You can see this hotel on the posters that are sold in the shops. I can always look at my poster now and know that I stayed right there. Have a great time on your trip and enjoy this hotel.
We just got home (TONIGHT) from a two week trip to France and stayed at this hotel one night. We traveled with another couple which made us aware of the truth in the statement: "different strokes for different folks". I truly loved the experience of staying on the Mont and at this hotel...I felt as if I was "in" my Dickens Christmas Village.......the other couple hated it!! I was prepared as I had read the notes on this site and knew that the rooms were old and the access was not easy. We stayed in a bay view room which was very nice but not luxury and had a fantastic view (this is why I came!!).....the thrill was watching the tides come swirling in around 6:30 from our hotel room....this "show" went on for about an hour and I enjoyed watching the muddy flats around the mountain being swallowed up by the water. I cannot emphasize enough the fact that you should just pack an overnight bag and leave your luggage in your car....I was reluctant to do this as I did not want to lose my luggage but the other couple did this and there was no problem. Hauling all of our luggage up to our room was VERY difficult...there were 156 steps....I counted them! We arrived late in the afternoon and if you are staying at the hotel you are directed to a parking lot which is close to the entrance of the Mont....then after you check in, you are given a "key" that allows you to park in the hotel parking lot which is safe from the tides....so you have to move your car after checking in. We did have one problem....having a common name -Murphy- someone had called in and cancelled a room for Murphy the day before we came and when we arrived they said they only had one room with a view and luckily just one other room...period.......the other couple took the other room on a lower floor as the man has some mobility problems and so it all worked out. ....but for a moment we were very disappointed....as it turned out, I doubt that the other couple could have made it to a higher floor. My husband and I walked up to the abbey at the end of the day (too late for the last tour) but stll nice as it was not crowded...in the summer they have night tours which I think would be wonderful. We are 60 years old and in good shape ....my husband does the stairmaster thing.....I am not in quite that shape....anyway, we said that if we had waited another ten years, we might not have made it to the top of the abbey.....it is a challenge! The receptionist at the hotel said that in the hot summer it is not unusual for older people to have heart attacks attempting to climb to the top of the abbey!! tThe other couple did not climb the Mont and stayed in their very tiny room with no view...so their experience was very different from ours. For me, staying at Mont St. Michel was something that I had always dreamed about and I was not disappointed........the other couple had not heard of it before I told them about it and it was their worst experience!
I will say that dinner at La Mere Poulard was a disappointment to all of us.....the omelette was very plain and the rest of the dinner was just OK....I would not spend the money for that again.....but if someone had told me that I probably would still have gone there as I had always heard that THIS was the place that was so famous for the omelette! I had to see for myself. As described in other notes, the main, and only, street is so jam packed in the daytime.....like Disneyland in Summer with no rides! It was wonderful to walk the same street in the morning to go to breakfast and be the only people on the street. We were there on a Sunday morning and, as we ate breakfast (which was given to us for free because of the room mixup) a pilgrmage of people came through in parade with banners and singing religious songs as they made their way to church for mass....it sounded like the angels were singing.....enchanting:)
A charming step back in time
I stayed at this hotel in Sept. 2002 and found it enchanting. The appeal of staying at Mt-St-Michel is that when the tourists leave in the evening, you are left on an outcropping that is quiet at night and where the stars are dazzling. Everywhere, the spire of the church is outlined against the sky. If ever you wanted to experience an earlier epoch, staying at Mont St-Michel is one way to achieve it. The hotel is charming, but it is a warren of passages and stairs. However, why would you want to stay at an American-type chain hotel? If, as another writer recommended, you pare down your luggage for the night, you will be well rewarded with a beautiful sunrise from the island's ramparts before the hordes arrive for the morning tours. Finally, for those of you who have visited other medieval abbeys, where else can you experience a monastic cloister that is literally sky-high? Quite a difference sense of "removed from the world"!
Great for winter vacation!
This is a great winter vacation destination. I wouldn't dare come in the summer because of the crowds. If you just want to get away in the winter, I can think of no place better!
My husband and I stayed here one night, came in late and had no problems at all. We enjoyed the rooms- comfortable- and a beautiful view, also tall ceilings and a fireplace in our room too. It was fun negotiating the staircase up the hotel, but as long as you pack light it isn't a problem. The beakfast that they provide was also top notch- a great location overlooking the water.
My Favorite Memory
In short, I will never forget this delightful hotel. While touring around France in May 1996, some friends and I happened upon Mont-Saint-Michel, and were able to get rooms here without a reservation. The staff was pleasant. Accessing our rooms was like negotiating a fun-house of staircases and hallways...making this the most quaint hotel in which I have ever stayed. Do not expect 5-star services, but enjoy clean comfortable accomodations (with the deepest bathtubs!) and close proximity to the small shops and restaurants along the main MSM "strip".
Close but no cigar
There's good news and there's bad news. The Hotel Les Terrasses Poulard is located just inside the city gates of Mont St. Michel. It's easy to park nearby. The hotel has sweeping views back toward the mainland.
Staying on the Mont provides marginal access to the island at night, when most tourists leave. That is as positive as I can be. In short, it is not worth the expense of staying on the Mont. When the cathedral closes, there is only a lane of typical tourism kitsch to peruse, and when the shops close, there is absolutely nothing else to do. In good weather you can stroll through the atmospheric dark alleys, but in bad weather you are left to huddle in cold damp rooms wondering when you can leave. The office staff has seen a hundred like you before you arrive and they seem apathetic to your visit. Rooms are remotely scattered up flights of staircases, and no one feels motivated to show you your room, help you with bags, or to ensure the quality of your experience. Those with disabiliteis should avoid at all costs this location, due to the stairs and lack of assistance. The best bet is to stay on the mainland at the foot of the causeway, and enjoy the view of Mont St. Michel instead of the view from MSM. The cathedral is worth the trouble, but your best bet is to stay in a comfortable modern establishment where if you are very quiet you can hear the squeaking of bad springs and the squeal of poor plumbing resonating from "alcatraz."
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