Nantes hotels offer a wide variety to suit just about every taste and budget. France, like most Western European countries, can be quite expensive. Nonetheless, the country does provide a number of extremely inexpensive accommodations to accommodate the many backpackers and young people that travel here.
Cheap accommodation in Nantes France includes a Youth Hostel at No 2 Place de la Manu (look for tram station "Manufacture, Line 1"). It is located quite close to the cathedral, and offers rooms that can accommodate from three to six people. Common areas include a library and television room, a nonsmoking area, and communal kitchen. You will be able to find caravan and tent camping areas not far outside of the city, and the university will often rent out dormitory rooms during school holidays.
If you want city center historic accommodation in Nantes France you might try the three-star Hotel de France, located at 24, rue Crébillon. It is housed in a lovely building dating to the 1700s. It is located near the Nantes Opera House and about four blocks behind the cathedral.
You can also find accommodation in Nantes France in quite modern properties. These generally provide most of the facilities one expects from international four-star hotels. There are three Mercure properties in the city, so be sure you are booking the one you think you are. The Mercure Ile de Nantes (No 1 Boulevard des Martyrs) is located on that developed island in the middle of the Loire River and within a short walking distance to the historic city center. The Mercure Center (No 4 Rue du Couedic) is right in the most historic part of the city near Saint Nicholas Basilica. The Mercure Centre Gare (No 50-51 Quai Malakoff) is located just at the end of the Pont de Tbilissi by the railway station. All of the Mercure properties are four-star properties, offer a restaurant and bars, and a fairly large number of modern rooms with city and/or river views.
You might want to try out floating Nantes hotels that ply the canals, rivers, and other waterways of Brittany. These are barges and houseboats suitable for families and small groups that can be chartered for all or part of your vacation. These can provide a wonderfully intimate and relaxing way to explore the charming villages and sights along the waterways, and is something that many people enjoy.
One of the attractions of this region that marks the western edge of the Loire Valley are the many magnificent castles and chateaux to explore. Some of these have been restored and are operated as hotels. Some are fairly modest mansions and some are true castles. If Nantes hotels are not for you, you can travel not far outside of the city for this kind of experience. The Castel Marie-Louise is located in the seaside town of La Baule (just north of Saint-Nazaire where ferries are available to Spain). This beautiful Bell Epoque mansion is set on lovely grounds and boasts 29 elegant rooms and suites. There is a gourmet restaurant onsite, and a nearby casino and golf course.