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Best Places To Stay Near or on the Island
August 4, 2023
Mont-Saint-Michel, France’s most famous and mysterious island, is one of the country’s most visited sites with 3 million tourists coming every year to marvel at the islet and its 1000-year-old abbey. While the island isn’t large and can be visited in just one day, it’s busy, making the narrow cobblestone streets, the numerous steep stairs, and every corner of the abbey, difficult to navigate. To make the most out of a visit to the area, visitors should stay in a Mont-Saint-Michel hotel for a couple of days, walk the trails around the bay, take a guided tour of the bay itself, and come to the island very early or very late to see it at its best: tranquil and free of crowds. But there’s one rule of thumb about hotels near Mont-Saint-Michel: Closer does not mean better. Staying a few miles away may prevent you from waking up to a view of the islet, but you’ll get much more bang for your buck.
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Ermitage Mont Saint-Michel is a five-star hotel located 1.6 miles from the island’s parking lot and the departure point of the 12-minute free shuttle service that will get you to the site. You can drive to the parking lot and take the shuttle, or walk from the lot for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk for one hour and get all the way from the hotel to the island, a flat and easy walk that’s very rewarding. The Ermitage Mont Saint-Michel is a very small, stone-built property of only seven rooms and suites, all of which are very elegantly decorated in a classic style. There’s a bar and a restaurant on site serving local dishes using fresh, regional products (the menu changes according to the seasons). Guests can also indulge in a delicious breakfast if they wish to do so — the sunny terrace is the ideal place to do just that. If money is no object, know that the hotel has a helipad so you can easily transfer from and to nearby airports.
The Château de Chantore may be 19 miles (a 30-minute drive) from the entrance to Mont-Saint-Michel, but this bed and breakfast is very much worth the distance — especially since you still get to see the island from the castle. The highest-rated property in the entire area, the impressive 18th-century pink chateau is set in a huge 46-acre park filled with exotic trees, lakes, waterfalls, and more. There are only five guests rooms and suites in the immense castle, making for a quiet place to stay. Guests only have access to a few rooms (the blue sitting room, the Chinese room, the dining room, and the stables), but guided tours of the property are available upon demand. The interior decor is true to the castle’s 18th-century origins and is filled with antiques and rich textiles — you’re guaranteed to be transported back in time.
Located 10 miles from the entrance to Mont-Saint-Michel ( a 22-minute drive), the Château de Boucéel is a protected 18th-century, family-owned property that consists of a castle and three small homes, all on a beautiful 27-acre park. Guests to this highly-rated bed and breakfast may choose to stay in the castle or in one the three houses, but no matter what they opt for, they won’t disappointed. The decor is elegant, tasteful, and true to the property’s 18th-century roots, but the comfort of guests is never compromised thanks to modern amenities like a seasonal outdoor pool and air conditioning. There’s a bar, a billiards room, a library, and breakfast (served in a stunning room) is included.
While not on the island, Le Relais Saint Michel is extremely close to it and has the views to prove it. Guests at this hotel can easily walk back and forth between the island and their accommodation and enjoy taking strolls around the bay without much effort. The four-star property has 39 rooms and most of them have a private terrace with views of Mont-Saint-Michel. The hotel is modern but the interior decor is quite ordinary, so look out the window if you want to be impressed. There is a restaurant-bar on site, as well as a terrace with amazing views. The free shuttle that takes visitors from the parking lot to the island stops in front of the hotel if you don’t feel like walking. Le Relais Saint Michel is also the highest-rated hotel so close to the site, making it very popular — book early if you’re interested.
There are six hotels and inns on the island, and Auberge Saint-Pierre is the one with the highest rating on Expedia. The three-star inn is part of a beautiful historic building and all 23 rooms are cozy, feature wooden beams, and are clean, comfortable, and classically decorated. There is a restaurant-bar on site serving traditional French cuisine in a classic dining room with a large fireplace. Being right on the island, the inn is in the heart of the action, allowing guests to walk the streets of this very special place when everyone else is gone.
Located 15 miles (24 minutes by car) from the entrance to Mont-Saint-Michel, La Ramade is a four-star hotel that consists of two properties: one historic and one modern. In total, both buildings have only 21 chic guest rooms, all of which are unique and joyful thanks to their simple but colorful decor. There is a bar offering drinks and light snacks on site, and breakfast is available. Guests can set up on the terrrace or in the beautiful conservatory with views of the garden with their food and beverages, or they can spend some time in the jacuzzi if they want to relax further.
Le 1900 is a bed and breakfast that consist of a stone-built home and three private lodgings. The property is located 11 miles from Mont-Saint-Michel, i.e. an easy 20-minute drive. Much more like a large family home, Le 1900 is comfortable and simply decorated, but with great amenities like a large garden, an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a hot tub. Breakfast is included and meals are offered on site, including charcuterie and cheese board to accompany drinks.