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The old and run down Mercure by the docks at Cherbourg was replaced by a new Mercure by the inner harbour. Very nice it is, with excellent prices for coffee and at the bar, and, without exception, great staff. I hope that Roscoff is equally lucky. By the way, I do not think that the Cherbourg one is a franchise, but is Accor owned and operated.

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You could well be right all the Accor ones we’ve stayed at in the UK have been franchises of varying quality from the excellent  ibis styles in Glasgow to the not so good ibis styles in Haydock, let’s hope the one in Roscoff is good they have certainly got a stunning building. (Note to self don’t jump to conclusions)

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We have stayed in the one in Dinan which was truly excellent. We will be very interested in how this one turns out. A return visit to Roscoff would be very welcome. Perhaps FW might update us sometime.

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6 minutes ago, rileyman said:

We have stayed in the one in Dinan which was truly excellent. We will be very interested in how this one turns out. A return visit to Roscoff would be very welcome. Perhaps FW might update us sometime.

That’s good to hear we were originally going to stay in StMalo in June at the end of our holiday but booked the Mercure in Dinan instead as it appears to have a decent car park (bikes on a tow bar) , looking forward to it, if the price is right we might change our August booking in Roscoff to the Mercure from the ibis.

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The turn off to the hotel can be a little tightt. As I recall it is best to come over the viaduct leaving Dinan and turn around at the roundabout to reach the turn off. There are several restaurants on the other side of the river for café style lunch/dinner. The breakfast was extensive, everything one could think of and more. The carpark is quite large but spread out.

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Thanks made full use of Accors flexible rates and have chopped and changed the booking but eventually paid for it at the cheap rate, it will be interesting to see what the pricing is like for the Mercure in Roscoff it will definitely be more than the £89 we’re paying for a sea view room 100 yards down the road.

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Will the Metcure Roscoff have adequate free car parking - or can someone please tell me one of the Roscoff hotels which do ? 

We have failed to park on the street at the Ibis, then tried the Hotel Residence des Artistes and found the huge paying parking in the square packed full because of a festival ( fete des onions or mussels, or artichokes  - I forget !)  

So which Roscoff hotel with free parking please. 

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On 23/02/2019 at 14:10, neilcvx said:

The plot thickens as the Mercure in Roscoff has now disappeared entirely from the Accor app.

It's still listed on the website as opening in April, but is unavailable for booking. However, in its current Ibis incarnation I'm able to get a quote for June so perhaps this is a case of only running one set of reservations.

On 05/01/2019 at 10:13, rogerpatenall said:

The old and run down Mercure by the docks at Cherbourg was replaced by a new Mercure by the inner harbour. Very nice it is, with excellent prices for coffee and at the bar, and, without exception, great staff. I hope that Roscoff is equally lucky. By the way, I do not think that the Cherbourg one is a franchise, but is Accor owned and operated.

Very nice hotel, although allocating us a dog-friendly room on the 6th floor made night time oui-ouis (for that is what they are called in France) a bit of a mission. Actually, I'm assuming 'pet friendly' room, but I'm not so sure hotels make the distinction. 

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25 minutes ago, Jim said:

It's still listed on the website as opening in April, but is unavailable for booking. However, in its current Ibis incarnation I'm able to get a quote for June so perhaps this is a case of only running one set of reservations.

Very nice hotel, although allocating us a dog-friendly room on the 6th floor made night time oui-ouis (for that is what they are called in France) a bit of a mission. Actually, I'm assuming 'pet friendly' room, but I'm not so sure hotels make the distinction. 

The ibis is a few yards along the road from the still to open Mercure in Roscoff , yep the Mercure is still on the website but not on the app, no doubt we will find out soon enough what the prices are like.

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40 minutes ago, neilcvx said:

The ibis is a few yards along the road from the still to open Mercure in Roscoff , yep the Mercure is still on the website but not on the app, no doubt we will find out soon enough what the prices are like.

Ah - I misread. I thought they were tarting up the Ibis.

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Still no availablity yet for a hotel that’s supposed to open in under a months time , apparently it’s a “family of Roscoff hotel owners” that have bought it .

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I have to say, it’s close with St Malo, but on balance Roscoff is my favourite BF port to visit as a destination in its own right.  So pretty, great food, good walking, and not heavily touristy.  St Malo falls down just on the last factor.

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Yep , I would agree with that it just seems to have the right balance of facilities and character plus being able to do most things on foot is a bonus , I like StMalo as well but it’s just a bit busy for me .

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Yes, St Malo can be very crowded in season. Less so in the quieter months. But its main attraction for us has always been the huge variety of places within easy reach during a 24 hour excursion or short break. To the east you have the attractive coast through Pointe du Grouin, Cancale and on to Mont St Michel, to the west there is the spectacular indented coastline taking in places such as Dinard, St Lunaire, St Briac etc. together with Fort La Latte, Cap Frehel and on to Sables d'Or, Erquy and Val Andre. It makes for a wonderful drive.To the south  you can circle the Rance estuary with lunch at Dinan and stopping off at places such as Saint Suliac.

Then of course the Intra Muros at St Malo, St Servan old town and the surrounding beaches plus the superb Grand Plage to the east to Parame are something else again

Not many places offer so much in a relatively small area, you are really spoilt for choice.

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It will be interesting to see how the cruise business affects St Malo there was a smallish one in in March when we were there and I read somewhere they will be promoting it more.

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I wasn’t knocking St Malo, I agree that’s a great place to visit too.  Was just saying that Roscoff was (only marginally) my favourite.

Busyness is one symptom of St Malo’s tourist focus, but prices are another.  Eating out is considerably more expensive in St Malo than an equivalent meal in Roscoff.

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It will be interesting to see how the cruise business affects St Malo there was a smallish one in in March when we were there and I read somewhere they will be promoting it more.

A good destination certainly in theory but would it be a safe one for larger ships? There are an awful lot of offshore rocks and reefs and a very large tidal range. Plus there is only the one berth for ships of medium size and that is in regular use.

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10 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

A good destination certainly in theory but would it be a safe one for larger ships? There are an awful lot of offshore rocks and reefs and a very large tidal range. Plus there is only the one berth for ships of medium size and that is in regular use.

Agreed - my thoughts too.  There’s a bit of a parallel with St Helier.  I am aware that St Peter Port has some cruise trade (ships anchoring in the bay to the SE of the harbour), but St Peter Port is rather safer and with a slightly smaller tidal range.  I’m not aware of cruise calls to St Helier, which is much more akin to St Malo in its navigational difficulties.

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It was a German cruise ship that docked a bit out and they used tenders to get  the cruisers ashore  (Hapig Lyod? In the distance in attaches photo)92997880-2B6E-429A-9E9E-21CB0C04CD00.thumb.jpeg.6243b19837a8aa4fa729d7a71762fe8d.jpeg

Being a bit of a country bumpkin I think I just prefer the slower pace of life in Roscoff more than the hustle and bustle of StMalo, they are both nice in their own way.

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