Boutique hotels, unlike Bed and Breakfast lodgings, typically offer themed, intimate rooms in a smaller environment than a regular hotel and they’ve become very popular in Europe and North America. The Saint-Pierre-based Nuits Saint-Pierre is a charming example of a French boutique hotel. The lovely hotel is located on the island of Saint-Pierre, part of a unique Atlantic archipelago off the coast of Canada that is officially part of France. Read about my visit to Saint-Pierre here.
Owned and operated by Patricia and Bertrand Detcheverry, this five-room hotel is a restored heritage building that offers bright-blue welcoming exteriors, quaint corridors and luxurious bedrooms that the Detcheverrys say gives their guests “beauty and elegance (where) comfort is our main priority.” This charming couple make good on the promise. Each of the four differently-themed bedrooms and one suite features:
- “Heavenly Beds” with premium pillow-top mattresses and upscale French linen
- Bathrobes and Slippers
- Flat panel television
- Telephone with a private number for each room
- Free wireless internet
- Concierge service
Full French/American breakfasts are included in room prices that range from 79,00 to 155,00€. The breakfast was the highlight of my stay (although lunch was a very close second!) Crispy, hot croissants (just like you'd find almost anywhere in France), chocolate-covered croissants, fresh breads. A personal chef. Crepes, bacon, eggs, exceptionally rich French coffee served in an immaculate dining area with a view of the ocean. In fact, the entire hotel is spotless and comfortable.
The bathrooms were modern. The beds, European and very comfortable as were the feather pillows. Les Délices De Joséphine tea salon adjoins the hotel and, after a morning of exploring the surrounding area, I returned to the salon for lunch. (Most eateries close at noon for two hours, but Les Délices De Joséphine remains open. If you are a guest of the hotel, a five-percent discount is offered.)
Lunch consisted of a baguette sandwich wrapped in bright yellow paper and tied in white ribbon and a thick, steaming, spinach quiche. Dessert? A fresh-baked (daily in fact) Chocolate fondant that was absolutely to die for. Entertainment, in the form of a gaily-dressed local accompanying himself on guitar, was also provided at this warm, cozy restaurant.
The Nuits Saint-Pierre is centrally located. I could visit all village stores including the must see Jean-Pierre’s Jewelry Bulova store and the ferry terminal. The airport is only 10 minutes away by taxi.
Of the three hotels I visited during my stay on the island of Saint Pierre, this hotel was by far my favorite. If I had to make one, small negative observation, it would be about the size of the dining area used for breakfast: quaint is another word for small, so be prepared to wait a little before you eat. Or just get to know your neighboring guests and work it out. It’s a lot more fun that way.
10 rue du General Leclerc,
BP 4445, 97500 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
Telephone 011 508 41 20 27 or 011 508 55 59 82 (cell)
email: info@ nuitssaintpierre.com
- Chambre Proust: 79 € – 110 € ($99-$137)
- Chambre Ronsard: 95 € – 120 € ($118-$150)
- Chambre Lamartine: 95 € – 120 € ($118-$150)
- Chambre Moliere: 120 € – 135 € ($150-$168)
- Suite Junior Victor Hugo: 130 € – 155 € ($162-$193)
- 4 rooms and 1 suite
- Premium pillow-top mattresses
- Premier French linens
- Flat-screen TVs
- Free WiFi
- Laundry services
- Breakfast included
- Free parking
- Workout room
- Restaurant adjacent, Les Délices De Joséphine tea salon