We stayed one night enroute from the U.K. to Spain and thoroughly enjoyed our short break. The hotel is a lovely venue with elegantly furnished rooms, situated in a very pretty town square. The patron made certain that our room was perfect in every detail and also made our dogs very welcome. We ate dinner and breakfast in the hotel, both were excellent. We definitely recommend this hotel.
Our room was in the annexe on the ground floor. It was a large room with tea/coffee making facilities and a large wet room which had a shower, toilet and wash hand basin. In the main room there was a free standing bath on a tiled base.
The hotel has been privately owned for over a 100 years and used as a base for the teams entering the 24 hour race at Le Mans. They would prepare their racing motors and then drive them to and from the circuit on public roads.
The hotel has been visited by many personalities such as President Kennedy's family, and also Steve McQueen.
The food was absolutely excellent and this consisted of four courses each evening.
We had a lovely family room, better than we were expecting as the boys room was separate with its own toilet, and the staff were very welcoming. This is a lovely little town which we enjoyed walking round with breakfast in the square. We decided to splash out on supper at the hotel and the food was excellent - I had vegetable tart after starting with snails, which my 17 year old tried for the first time and liked! Good selection of local wines and a really good eating experience all round in a lovely room in the hotel. Thoroughly recommend.
We found the Hotel de France in the "Logis de France" book, and phoned ahead to book two rooms. The hotel is quite close to Le Mans and in the past has been used by Aston Martin as their base in the area. It is now British owned after a century or so in French hands. The rooms have been refurbished fairly recently and are named after famous racing drivers of yesteryear. We were in "Carroll Shelby" the American who "tweaked" AC Cobras and Ford Mustangs. The room was rather large, having a huge four poster bed as its centre piece. It was extremely comfortable, clean with crisp linen and towels for the bathroom. Tea and coffee making equipment was included, with fresh milk and "British-strength tea bags" available from reception (free), if needed. We had an excellent evening meal in the restaurant downstairs. Our companions had the "Jacky Ickx" room with two single beds as we had requested. The bar has the whole of one wall decorated with motor racing photographs form 1903 to the present day. The barman has been there for many decades and has a remarkable memory going back many years. He even remembered John Sheldon, a chap in my year at secondary school. He drove for Aston Martin, but had a blow out on the Mulsanne Straight in 1988, writing-off the other team Aston in the huge fire that followed. (See the crash on u-tube, I don't know how he got out alive, though badly burned). Parking is free on the market square in front of the hote,l if their places are full. There are usually some exotic cars out front, as well.
Lovely hotel in beautiful French town.
Stayed in a fantastic new suite on the first night which was great, luxurious with a really comfy bed. Second night in a regular room in the main part of the hotel, this felt dated and was small and much inferior. So splurge on a suite if you are planning a trip, it’s well worth it.
We are in the restaurant both nights and once for linch in the terrace all food was delicious and plenty of excellent choices!
Staff all friendly and helpful, look forward to returning soon.