THE STORY: After opening the restaurant Otonali, the inexhaustible Bertrand Larcher has now founded a hotel of the same name! The big boss of the Japanese-Breton Breizh Café empire got his hands on the former Hôtel Aubade, located right next door to his Saint-Malo izakaya, where you’ll now find 20 rooms that mix and match his beloved Japan and his native Brittany. From single to triple bedrooms, they all demonstrate a taste for refinement (cream-colored walls, light wood headboards, blue tiled bathrooms), some of which even have stunning views of the Bassin Duguay-Trouin. And if you really feel like talking with your mouth full, the restaurant Otonali (which means “next door” in Japanese) is there, serving up plenty of tonkatsu, sashimi, karaage chicken and katsudon! In short, everything you need for a stunning Breton-Japanese getaway. Double rooms starting at €95 a night.
TOILETRIES: Ocealia natural seaweed body wash, shampoo and soap.
BREAKFAST: €15 for the buffet, featuring organic coffee and tea, artisan apple juice, bread, viennoiseries, Bordier butter, jams, honey-buckwheat cake… along with other locally-made products.
LITTLE LUXURY: Take a tour of the sake bar, which boasts an incredible collection of Japanese brews, alongside natural wines and locally-made hard ciders, with a few snacks to keep you afloat… Kanpai!