The positive side of this hotel is that it is in great location from which you can do lovely walks along the coastline into the small town called Pornic. The hotel staff are very welcoming and helpful. The Thalasso aquatic area is good but does get busy at certain times. Although I didn't try them, there is a good gym and spa treatment area. Staff in the spa are welcoming and helpful. Our room was a Junior suite with sea view. Room 411. Nice and spacious with lots of cupboard space and a large bathroom which is unfortunately only half renovated.
The downside of this hotel is that although the food in La Source restaurant is very good, you have the impression that you are eating in a canteen. Very noisy. Don’t count on a romantic evening! The Monday buffet of local produce is very good. However, if you opt for a meal from the a la Carte menu, beware, the prices are very high for a very small quantity. No value for money. The choice for breakfast is very good, but again, you can’t eat in tranquility due to the noise and clatter.
Our junior suite was good, with a view of the sea from a distance. It was disappointing that the terrace had not been cleaned for months, with weeds growing in-between the wooden slats, not to mention all the very dirty cobwebs everywhere. The terrace has two lounger chairs with footrests (with small holes in them) and no side table. The design of the bedroom itself left a lot to be desired – very good bedding but the light switches are right behind the mattress, so the lights switch on with the slightest movement. The large flat screen television is too low to watch in bed. In addition, the bathroom, although spacious has a bath with a simple shower head and cable over it. The grouting is old and not at all renovated. Also, there is a large window separating the bedroom and bathroom with simple venetian blinds for “privacy”, but this does not stop light from flowing into the bedroom at night. The double curtains on all bay windows are far too small and hence light from outside comes into the bedroom at all hours. The real negative part of this room (and to my knowledge all rooms) is that there is no air conditioning. A feeble fan is provided that simply blows the hot air about. This hotel is not paying enough attention to detail but seems to be more interested in encouraging it’s elderly clients to spend on their very expensive spa treatments. Despite the above criticism, the hotel is good and I will return if the occasion arises.
I have been on several spa weeks in Europe, changing the destination each time in search of the perfect place where everything comes together :
Location, hotel amenities (staff and restaurants), service and of course the quality of the spa treatments themselves.
I think with Hotel Alliance in Pornic I have found the place. My week was perfect and just what I needed!
Room : Large, bright and modern room on to wide terrace with sea view.
Restaurants : Choice of 3 and all excellent. Wonderful breakfast buffet with stunning sea views. Friendly, efficient staff. Special mention for the head lady at breakfast.
and also for Nicolas at the Bio/Ayurveda Terrace restaurant.
NB. Must reserve early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
Hotel staff : Practically every experience was positive. Helpful, friendly and efficient
Amenities : right on beach for swimming and cliff walks and easy walk into picturesque and animated fishing village. Regular fitness or aquagym sessions available with professional staff.
Spa treatments : Simply wonderful. Premises, cleanliness, efficiency and latest state of the art treatments available. Very professional. Special mention for NoIwenn and her massages. I have been to other spas where I have felt as if on a factory belt but a personal welcome and friendly tone, even if they repeat the same phrase to everyone, makes all the difference. And it seems as if the direction and staff at Alliance Pornic have understood that.
Keep up the good work!
Suggestion : Make toilets on floor level 0 unisex as often waits for the ladies when you only have a few minutes between treatments.
As you approach this hotel you know it's going to have fabulous views. Pornic itself is a rather unspoiled part of France where natives holiday so there are relatively few British tourists, if this is something that you like it is a wonderful place to holiday.
Booking a room gives you access to the spa pool which was great - an early start will give you the best sunbeds available!
Don't you juts love the sea air? Well when you can feel the impact of the sea on the skin of your face and hands, you just KNOW something happened. And that's how Id describe our visit here.
A happening, a joyful one all round.
Familiar with the merits of Pornic on the Atlantic coast 1hr from Nantes, we knew this was going to be a pleasing return visit. But we didn't expect the great site, service, comfort, peace quiet, food to please us so much.
Alliance have done something special here. The spa resort is literally right on a secluded beach, yet 45mins walk around the Gormalon peninsula takes you to the delicious sights of the beautiful and historical harbor town.
The choice of different treatment sis unlikely to disappoint you its so vast, both from a choice and $ perspective. And the staff are competent, fun and lively, they clearly love their job and environment. On that note our surprise was total. The bedroom first. We paid extra to have an ocean view and weren't disappointed though some rooms might be further away from the beachside. I travel a lot, so I appreciate when a place is quiet, and we didn't hear anything from the rooms next door. No plumbing TV, talking noises at all. Top score in my book.
The huge sliding French door led out onto the balcony which overlooked the sea and beach below. Lovely well mown lawns and the quietness of the location meant we were able to lounge on the there and read peacefully.
The food is served in a classic restaurant literally on top of the sea and was extremely good by anyone's standards at breakfast plenty of fresh bread, croissant, yogurts, jams, cheeses. We didn't try the BIO restaurant only through lack of time, so you have choice.The lot. In the evening get their early to have the best seas during sunset, really. And there's a bar for an aperitif or after meal digestive just above the restaurant
We loved the facilities, large hamman, sauna, spa baths we sea water at 32degsC, swimming pool in colder sea water, gym, quiet rooms, solarium, yoga room, everything clean, tidy well arranged and up to date. We chose 20min sessions in the spa bath with essential oils and sea algae, our skin morphed to silk after a day.
You know how rare it is when you can't find anything to fault a stay, well for me its been a while anyway but I can 't find anything to fault, the issue we had is we booked only 3 nights and 2 days worth of treatment and left wishing we'd stayed longer.
Nice spa-centric hotel right on the beach. Room size was good. Breakfast was good. Close enough to walk to town, but most people staying there seem to be there for the spa. Staff was quite helpful. Great bar that has weekly live music and really good small plates.