Saint Malo:Hôtel de l’Univers!

So here we are in wonderful Saint Malo on a family trip with my boys including our dog Rex. We have to travel short these days sad story already many times told in my blog.

Going to Saint Malo is easy only 2 hrs and 10 mins from my house, and you can do a one day stop over. However, we decided to stay for 2 nights and relax in the ambiance of the intra muros in the corsair city!

This needed a place to sleep. Having walked by this area and enjoy the facade of these hotels by the Hôtel de Ville or city hall I decided to rent the Hôtel de l’Univers very popular in town. It is located at the Place Chateaubriand!


The reservation was done nice and the welcome friendly. Dogs were allowed in the hotel and the bar terrace, not in the restaurant. Ok for us. Upon arrival , the entry was flawless and we climb to the 4th level! The elevator or lift remind me of mine while living in Madrid early 70’s good going down but slow heavy going up , old!  And with a space maximum of Two persons! tight.

We really used it to sleep and shower as we were out all the time from ealry morning to late evenings. See our eating out post.

I have to say the stay was nice overall , except for the small elevator and tight WC or toilet room. The noise was ok for us but for a family is not recommended, noisy bars all around you and you can hear some even yelling taking out all they drank during the day…. Really is for singles or romantic couples only. There is no parking the hotel tells you that right away so we parked at the Q Park Saint Vincent expensive but for two nights it was ok for the convenience just across the porte Saint Vincent and the hotel, rate 34 euros per day. The dog was 10 euros per night extra too ok fees.


A bit on the history as once leaving we found out it was totally renovated.

The wooden bar, built from a 1668 corsair chest, found on a farm near Château-Malo. The L’Univers, is a legendary bar in Saint-Malo. It is also a 64-room hotel, one of the largest in Intra muros which has just been renovated. Both have just reopened.


The facade, the bar, the seminar rooms, the bedrooms and the corridors are all renovated. They reopened July 1 2020! The 64 rooms at the Hôtel de l’Univers ; including 17 family rooms that can accommodate 3 to 6 people ,have had their bathrooms renovated. The hotel is opened since 1850.

This mythical bar of Intra-muros, born in 1923, long housed the first yacht club of the corsair city. It has remained a rallying point for sailors and Saint-Malo residents. The corsair chests that serve as a counter alone take you on a journey through time and the seas of the world.

The official Hôtel de l’Univers webpage;

The tourist office of Saint Malo on the Hôtel de l’Univers

There you go folks it was central to all our goings and coming very convenient location inside the enclosed city or intra muros of Saint Malo.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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