This was our second trip and we loved it again. Had a balcony which had wonderful views along the beach and the swimming was great. The restaurant looks out over the beach and it serves a very good breakfastMore
This was our second trip and we loved it again. Had a balcony which had wonderful views along the beach and the swimming was great. The restaurant looks out over the beach and it serves a very good breakfastMoreShow less
Thank you very much for your kind comments.
We are already working on making your third visit as enjoyable as the two previous ones...
Very good seafood and good service in the restaurant.
Hotel facing a beautiful beach in Audierne's bay. Just a small issue: the rooms are not very soundproof. Very well positioned to do jogging on the beach.
Five years ago, we had one of our best ever holidays staying at the Hotel au Roi Gradlon. We had enjoyed blue skies and sunshine for a whole fortnight, so we were slightly anxious that a return visit might be a disappointment. We need not have worried.
This June we spent two marvellous weeks in this hotel, with perfect weather (only two cloudy days). The family-run hotel is still a wonderful place for an outstanding holiday. Last time we had a room on the top floor with an outside terrace and thought nothing could ever equal that experience, of being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves breaking on the beach below. Our room this year was on the second floor, the type called “Ouessant”, which all have a large window looking out to sea. Room 28 was at the end of the corridor and had big windows on two sides, giving a panoramic view of the beach and sea to the south and west. The beach, Le Trescadec, like the whole of the bay of Audierne, is an amazing stretch of fine white sand. This view is absolutely breathtaking, and if the weather hadn’t been so good we could have happily spent more time inside surrounded by the ocean. Going to sleep to the rhythm of waves breaking on the shore is a perfect way of relaxing.
The room was both peaceful and exhilarating, with the stunning views and a bright, unfussy décor in blue and white. There was plenty of hanging and storage space, a wardrobe, cupboards and drawers, two chairs, a big flat-screen TV, and the double bed was comfortable. Leading off from the entry corridor were a separate toilet and a spotlessly clean bathroom, with a cupboard that easily held all our many toiletries. The accommodation felt almost like a small apartment or suite.
Our bedroom was on the same floor as the restaurant, which also has a panoramic view. Breakfasts were generous, with a choice of delicious bread, croissants, jam, cheese, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, cereal, dried fruits, etc., as well as fruit juice, teas and coffee. We chose to eat dinner there every night. There is a wide selection of dishes, particularly seafood, and gorgeous desserts – though most evenings I went for a selection of the superb cheeses, mainly local, with the always delicious bread.
The hotel is about a mile down river from the centre of Audierne, on the beach of Le Trescadec. Audierne itself is an active fishing and pleasure port, not a tourist resort, and so it has a variety of local shops, where you can buy practical necessities, and a few café-bars and small restaurants, as well as four excellent crêperies. It has the charm of an untouristy town where local people still live, where you can sit with a coffee or glass of wine and watch the boats on the river Goyen. It is also a great centre for exploring some ravishing countryside and coast, with a wealth of history to be discovered.
The proprietor-manager, whose family have owned the hotel for very many years, is extremely friendly, efficient and attentive to the needs of guests. All the staff are good-natured, helpful and welcoming, and we were made to feel very much at home there. I would happily go back tomorrow!
Thank you for this comprehensive reporting following your stay.
As you stated, Au Roi Gradlon has been run by the same family for the last 50 odd years, and even more if we take into account the restaurant-only era. It makes a huge difference. We can build on the foundation laid by our elders and look far ahead when planning the future of our hotel. Its is extremely gratifying to hear that returning guests perceive our dedication and our will to get better while preserving the soul of this venue.
We have been coming to Audierne for 8 years now staying almost opposite the Roi Gradlon which always looks rather grand. We hadn't eaten there until now as the previous picture menus did not look inviting and dishes were rather pricey for lunch. However the formule du midi tempted us in today and we had a very pleasant experience - I enjoyed my boeuf parmentier and although we had a giggle about it,(as we had bought a tin of them for a quick supper one night! ) my husband found the grilled local sardines delicious. The sea view is of course a bonus especially as we have enjoyed many a walk along that beach looking up at the restaurant!. The new young waiter and waitress were cheerful and welcoming - good to see and the overall atmosphere and service was calm and efficient. What more could you want on holiday! Perhaps a small bar in the evening to enjoy the same view? We tried once before to have a drink there but were shown into a small living room overlooking the road! Something to think about as there are not many places along the front to enjoy an aperitif with such a wonderful view. Hopefully we will be tempted by a different menu in August when we next return.
I stayed here before a few years ago and really liked it. This time it was a chilly grey wet Friday night in April. The heating didnt work in the room despite asking for it to be turned on at reception. it was so chilly in the room I couldnt face having a shower in the morning. In retrospect I should have gone down to reception that night and asked for another room with functioning heating but I was by then trying to retain heat by staying under the duvet!! I couldnt get their wifi to work on my phone despite trying in several different places in the hotel including right at reception. Strange as I was got wifi in other places in Audierne the same day with no problem. So, returning home the next day to fast easy internet access and a lovely hot shower in a warm bathroom was an enormous pleasure. Waste of 67 euros. Trying to think of something positive, the bed was comfy and clean. Perhaps will try airbnb next time.
This is a first class hotel,ideally situated to the town of Audierne. The restaurant overlooks a fabulous beach with marvelous sea views. All the staff are most friendly and welcoming, serving great food to suit all tastes including the most wonderful seafood.