1, Avenue Léon Dubas - Pointe du Bec, Pornichet, Pays de la Loire, France
18.0km from Montoir Airport
5.9km from Gare de la Baule Escoublac
12.2km from Gare de Saint Nazaire
"I have stayed here several times before, and the last time I visited was slightly below expectations. I am glad to say this time was a return to the standard! The Chateau des Tourelles is a deeply impressive hotel design. You enter through large wrought iron gates onto prestigious grounds, and the hotel is built essentially as a system of wings coming off the original chateau, which stands impressively on the edge of the rugged coast. Arrival always feels like a James Bond film. But, I was a little disappointed to not feel very warmly greeted by the reception staff on this occasion. The first couple times I stayed, that part of service was impeccable. The concierge team were nice however. Room For a change, I went for the entry-level room, which was in the chateau itself. The room wasn't too small at all, which I thought it would be. Rooms have a fridge that rarely works, and free water (which was not resupplied). Instead of a robe, you get the signature kimono, which I always think is an excellent gimmick, however the one I had was clearly past its best. The room still felt luxurious, despite being entry-level, but it could do with another chair. I actually would stay in this room again, but my preference will always be to upgrade to the Comfort room with a balcony. Facilities As always, facilities are great provided it is not busy. The spa has a swimming pool with an array of jets, a jacuzzi section, a plunge pool with more jets and waterfalls, a communal steam room, and separate men and women changing rooms with showers, lockers and tiny saunas. The outdoor pool is closed for most of the year, but still appears full and fairly clean, so does not become an eyesore. There are ample treatment rooms, a non-gym, and a couple of massaging chairs free to use. The bar is very nice with great ottomans, and the restaurant is supposed to be good (though is expensive). The terrace overlooking the sea is a pleasant and interestingly furnished spot to sit and relax. Location From right outside the chateau, you will find wonderful coastal walks to St Sebastian, or in the other direction to Pornichet centre. Horse racing is nearby. It is a much longer walk to La Baule, however this is very pleasant and flat, and there are shops and restaurants and bars within a 5 minute walk of the hotel. Pornichet is a coach ride from Nantes, but really it is best to drive here. If dramatic surroundings and aesthetic views are what you look for on a run, this area will not disappoint! My favourite route is along the coast as far as you can go, on the beach for part of it, then back via the residential road inland with wonderful architecture and trees. Overall, the aesthetics of the hotel and its spa feel indulgent and relaxing. An old fella once said to me in the jacuzzi, that 2 weeks in the Tourelles spa will undo everything that life has done to you during the year, and keep you young! And I actually believe it. It is one of the "
"We booked for just one night. On arrival everything seemed excellent, pleasant staff and well run. Unfortunately things constantly started to unravel. Firstly the lunch menu is very limited and my chicken was undercooked and very pink. I left most of it as I didn’t want to become ill. We passed on the breakfast at around 26 euros a head which is ridiculous. We asked for a prestige Atlantic view room which we were given but have many issues. The room advertised a mini bar. We found an empty fridge. The room is advertised as soundproofed but constant irritating banging going on around outside. There are only 2 small LED lights in the main bathroom which are rather inadequate. The freestanding robe doesn’t fit the room and looks like an afterthought. The carpets are sun bleached with stains and cigarette burns. The windows are streaky and not clean. Above the balcony the concrete is cracked and leaking water in two places. The room is very badly designed and the bed poorly positioned so you cannot see the sea at all which is a shame when waking to a view of the house next door which is very close by. Really this is a 4 star hotel trying to be a 5 star hotel with 5 star prices. 353 Euros for one night plus car parking not including breakfast is quite excessive. The issues as a whole just add up to spoiling what would be an otherwise pleasant room and stay. A great shame as the staff are great but somehow attention to detail is lacking at this price and level. We are very glad we are not here for longer as the disappointment would have spoiled our visit. Pornichet is not particularly attractive and quite over rated compared to many other Atlantic or Mediterranean locations that we have been to and I imagine completely jam packed in season. The parking staff were lovely and very helpful. There is very little alternative parking so I advise to book this ahead. "
"My husband and I have been travelling around France on our bicycles and decided to stay at Hotel Chateau des Tourelles as a treat and what a treat it was. Beautiful hotel, right on the beach. The views from our 3rd floor balcony were stunning. The pool was immaculate and the perfect temperature. We dined at the restaurant both nights and were lucky enough to be there on a Friday night when they have their Seafood Buffet. All the food was delicious. The reception staff are excellent as are all the staff in the restaurant and the Spa. The Consierges were also outstanding and very helpful. Loved this hotel so much."