During our weekend trip to the island of Saint Pierre et Miquelon (which is a part of France) just off the Canada’s Newfoundland coast, we stayed at the very modern and slick Hotel Jacques Cartier. Located in the centre of the island’s main town, Saint Pierre and a few minutes walk from the main ferry terminal (and a short drive to and from the international airport), we made the right choice by staying here.
Jacques Cartier is a four star hotel is the newest hotel to pop up in the archipelago and its modern facade is really noticeable against the other typical ‘North-Atlantic-fisherman hut-style’ buildings in the surrounding area. The reason we stayed in this luxurious hotel is simple. Location, price, the bed, amenities and of course, breakfast.
At arrival, the young female lady (who also spoke English) checked us in very swiftly and unlike hotels on Mainland France we have come across on our travels, she was very informative and gave us a ideas for meals out, where the bar is and lots of information on our room.
When we got to our room on the first floor, the only disappointing feature of this hotel has to be the views from the window. That is because the hotel is not right on the seafront but a few streets back, so the view is just the other buildings and the quiet street below. Nothing to see really. The most noticeable thing was the aircon. We have been traveling over North America for quite a few weeks before we arrived in Saint Pierre but whilst we were over the water in Newfoundland, aircons were hard to come by in hotels and bed and breakfasts. Here, the aircon was already on and we were cooling down from the heatwave outside.
The room itself was one of the nicest hotel rooms we have stayed in a very long time. Whilst the bed was huge, comfortable and we got a perfect night sleep, it was the little features that impressed us the most. A very modern television with all the French television stations from Europe with a clear signal (yes, Danik loves to watch television shows from France and watching some of them brought back a lot of memories he says). There was a lot of plug sockets and we mean a lot! Where we usually fight for what we were going to charge first (laptops, cell-phones etc), we didn’t have any of that (tip: don’t forget the European plug adaptor especially if traveling from North America!). The lighting in the room was fantastic but the black out curtains were a fantastic feature and enabled us to get a perfect sleep and not get woken up by the early sunrises.
The washroom was fantastic. Whilst a spacious sink where we can put all our toiletries down without taking too much space, there was also the usual hotel amenities from shampoo bottles to hairdryers. There was no bathtub but the shower from the ceiling had a good pressure, the temperature was good and to be honest, we have voted it the shower of the year 2018 (however we have no award to give out but we thought it was the best possible statement we could give).
The breakfast here is included in the price and is the typical continental style ranging from yoghurts, pastries, toast cereal to hot drinks and juice. This is as good as it gets for breakfast on this island as we didn’t see any restaurants or cafes doing breakfasts. However it still filled us up before we returned to Canada later that day.
Overall, Hotel Jacques Cartier is a really good choice for your stay in Saint-Pierre. Despite being central, there is no noise from the nearby bars or restaurants, there is no traffic outside and is the ideal location to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. It’s so close to everything you need for a short stay on the island.
A personal note from us – our time at the Hotel Jacques Cartier was paid for by ourselves and was not sponsored in anyway by the company. The opinions in this post are our own and is totally honest. We would like to thank the staff for making our short stay here an enjoyable one.
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