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Castelbrac Dinard

  • 17, avenue George V, Dinard, France
  • 25 Rooms

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Castelbrac Dinard

  • 17, avenue George V, Dinard, France
  • 25 Rooms
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Located on Brittany’s Côte d'Émeraude, the seaside town of Dinard is sometimes referred to as the “Cannes of the north.” It’s a nickname that tells you practically everything you need to know about the place: it’s elegant, historic, exclusive, famous for its glamorous old architecture and white sandy beaches, a longtime getaway for the French and English elite. Naturally, there are a handful of classic hotels, grand dames on the beachfront promenade, to choose from. And then there’s the newly opened Castelbrac Dinard.

The buzzed-about hotel bridges the best of the old and new worlds. Part of what makes it so exciting is the fact that the building, a stately Belle Époque villa, has been off-limits to the public for much of its existence. It was one of the first constructions built on this stretch of coastline, originally serving as the vacation home of an aristocratic English family, and later used as a marine research station. Now it’s a 25-room hotel that feels like a destination in its own right. Designers Sandra Benhamou and Léonie Alma Mason have smartly kept many of the villa’s more charming Art Deco details, infusing the space with a clean, contemporary aesthetic and an ocean-inspired color palette of sand, seashell ivory, and a range of deep blues.

Nothing but the best for the Faber family who originally spent their holidays here: all of the hotel’s rooms look out over the water, and many have private terraces where breakfast can be served on request. The look is refined but relaxed, with a handful of decorative elements — moody floral wallpaper, retro headboards, antique gilded mirrors — enlivening the interiors. Standard features include beds topped with goose-feather duvets, marble bathrooms stocked with Thēmaē products, Nespresso machines, and ultra-flat HD TVs.

Downstairs at Le Pourquoi Pas, the hotel’s restaurant, locally sourced seafood is the plat du jour. There’s the cozy Jules Verne–inspired Aquarium Bar, complete with porthole windows and curving retro love seats, and outside, a stone pool. Long and narrow, it’s more suited to swimming laps than splashing around, but there’s ample lounge space on Castelbrac’s various terraces. Should you wish to make an excursion to the nearby Channel Islands, the hotel has a vintage motorboat, hand-built: an ideal vessel for reliving La Belle Époque.

How to get there: Castelbrac Dinard is located approximately 81 km by car from Rennes–Saint-Jacques Airport via N136, D137, and D168. This hotel is implementing enhanced safety and cleaning measures as required by the Tablet Recovery Pledge. Our Customer Service team is happy to provide full details of each step being taken.

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Facilities & services
  • Free wi-fi
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Off street parking
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Central air conditioning
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Offsite gym facilities
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Wake-up service
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Boardroom
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Shopping area nearby
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