I booked the Best Western at Pontorson as a last minute deal on a booking site which redirected me to the official website of Best Western. As I’m a member of this group I thought it was reasonable and was absolutely certain it included breakfast. Once booked, on the next page it came up on the amenities and services column that breakfast was a nominal fee. Anyway, I queried it on arrival only to be told breakfast was not included. I showed the Receptionist my reservation and asked ‘what is a nominal fee?’ To me it seems a reduction or part thereof the full price. But that’s my interpretation and decided against paying 12.00 Euro for a continental buffet with no hot selection.
The hotel is reminiscent of a Manor and I’d assume there’s more history attached to it than given. The bar and dining areas are well maintained and elegant to the eye, although the main areas have heavy dark-coloured wooden framework/architraves. The lift is small and luckily it wasn’t busy as I’d imagine it would be a bit of a hassle. Up to the first floor, you had to carry your luggage up half a flight of stairs. The superior room type was a little bit pokey – a small desk with the TV didn’t leave a lot of space for a PC.
Tea/coffee was available and enough cream pots for one day. Spotlessly clean bathroom with a bathtub was a welcome sight after a long day’s journey by train.
The hotel is situated in the main street of Pontorson and is easy 5-10 minute walk from the station.
Pontorson is a small township, very close to Mont St Michel as there’s a bus from the Railway station for 3.10 Euro each way can take you to a drop off point and then a short walk up to the Abbey.
I would daresay the Best Western is possibly the better of all the hotels in the region and despite my concerns about how they promote breakfast it’s one hotel to consider over the others. The Best Western does have character and is charming in a rustic way.
Admittedly, I thought a look-a-like Lerch from the Adams family might have made an appearance as it would’ve been appropriate given the decor …