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The city of Nantes is one of France's most important ports. The historic town offers a rich maritime heritage and a wealth of tourist attractions. The city nestles on the picturesque Loire River and is split by Île de Nantes. With ample trend-setting eateries, shops and attractions, it's is an ideal location to enjoy a city break. Aside from its alluring castles and cathedrals, this area is also famous for its wine. Escape to the countryside to tour local vineyards and enjoy a glass of light Muscadet.

Nantes is home to some of France’s most vibrant and diverse hotel options. You can choose from chic inner-city hotels, boutique apartments in the outskirts and even clifftop chateaus. There’s a wide variety of overnight options, ranging from small and humble hostels to opulent and centuries-old hotels.

Neighbourhoods of Nantes

This is a notably large city with several alluring districts to explore. Among the top neighbourhoods to discover are:

  • Centre-Ville: This is the most central region in the city and where you'll find the majority of Nantes' cultural attractions. It's the perfect place to stay for travellers who want to be in the centre of the action.
  • Hauts-Pavés-Saint-Félix: This lively neighbourhood sits just north of the city's centre. It's a perfect place to relax with many apartments, hotels and boutiques, and it's also close to Erdre River. The local Talensac market is renowned for its famous cheeses.
  • Île de Nantes: This up-and-coming island area of the city has many young and trending cafes. Look for hip warehouse conversions, like Hangar à Bananes. The area offers excellent riverside views and houses the attraction of Machines de l’île.

What to see and do in Nantes

Nantes is bursting with attractions and things to do. At the heart of the city is the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. This place is the 13th-century former residence of the Dukes of Brittany, which now hosts a fantastic museum covering local history. Opposite the castle, you’ll find the charming Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul. The gothic cathedral is particularly striking inside, with Renaissance art and a secret garden. Next to the pretty Jardin des Plantes park, you'll also find Musée d’Arts de Nantes. This museum is the city's top place for art, boasting an impressive collection of works by Courbet and Rodin. If you're travelling with children, a visit to Les Machines de l’Île de Nantes is a must. It is a quirky fantasy amusement park loaded with Jules Verne-inspired machinery. Just across the river, you can visit the Musée Jules Verne, too. Another top attraction in Île de Nantes is a fantastic contemporary art gallery known as Le Cale 2 Créateurs.

What to eat in Nantes

The city has a vibrant food scene that takes in everything from haute cuisine to crêperies. Challans duck, often cooked in Muscadet sauce, is the region's staple dish. Being so close to the coast, you'll find a wealth of seafood and fish dishes in the region. A local fish speciality is buerre blanc, a buttery wine sauce made with Muscadet. Muscadet is the local wine of choice and perfectly pairs with a wealth of seafood and cheese dishes. Some local cheeses to seek out include Curé Nantais and Saint-Paulin. As for sweet treats, the perfect midday pick-me-up is rum-rich almond gâteau nantais. When it comes to modern dining in Nantes, the regions of Bouffay, rue Fouré and Château are among the best.

Typical events and festivals in Nantes

Expect a wealth of exciting festivities, including the world-famous Carnaval and Bastille Day celebrations. There are plenty of local events too, including:

  • Fête de la Bretagne celebrating Breton culture. It takes place in May.
  • La Folle Journée is a classical music festival held every winter, making Nantes an ideal and festive city getaway.
  • The unique jazz music celebration, Rendez-vous de l'Erdre. It takes place on pleasure-boating cruises along the river.
  • A charming wine festival in October, Les Muscadetours, offers family-friendly activities and vineyard visits.

How to move around in Nantes

Nantes is easy to traverse by public transport, thanks to its comprehensive bus and tram lines that run late into the night. The local cycle-sharing scheme, Bicloo, has plenty of pick-up points across the town. As for navigating the greater region surrounding Nantes and its vineyards, hiring a car is recommended.

The climate in Nantes

Nantes has a suboceanic climate marked by warm summers and wet winters. Temperatures peak around 25° C in July and August, which are the warmest summer months. Spring and autumn are just as appealing, bringing about blooming flowers and scenic vineyards. The chance of rain is highest in the winter, with some months averaging around 12 days of rain.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Nantes

The most centrally located hotels in Nantes with the best ratings are: Hotel Mercure Nantes Centre Passage Pommeraye, Hotel Voltaire Opera Nantes Centre and Hotel Oceania L'hôtel De France Nantes.

Hotel Escale Oceania Nantes is the closest one to Nantes-Atlantique.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Nantes, we recommend Hotel Sozo, Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes and Hotel Hôtel Amiral.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Nantes are Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes, Hotel Sozo and Hotel Voltaire Opera Nantes Centre.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Nantes with express check-in and check-out are Hotel Sozo, Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes and Maisons Du Monde Hotel & Suites - Nantes.

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Nantes, like Hotel Oceania L'hôtel De France Nantes, Hotel Sozo or Hotel Ibis Nantes Centre Gare Sud.

The best hotel with a pool in Nantes is Zenitude Hôtel-résidences Nantes - La Beaujoire.

The best-rated hotels in Nantes with a gym are Hotel Sozo, Mercure Nantes Centre Grand Hotel and Residhome Nantes Berges De La Loire.