The Balthazar is an MGallery property of the Accor group of hotels. It is conveniently located mid-way between the Rennes railway station and the centre of town, with both in easy walking distance.
I suspect the interior designer of the hotel took their inspiration from the CitizenM hotels, and there are even individual pieces of decoration that I recognise.
In the middle of the lobby is the stairwell, built of solid brick. The seating area is spread out around it. And here too there are a few pieces of Vitra furniture that I recognise.
The staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful. When I arrived on Saturday, I inquired about reserving a table at the restaurant. The poor woman at reception seemed distraught to have to tell me that it was fully booked.
My room is on the first floor, overlooking a small courtyard. There are a few tables in the courtyard where guests can sit & have a drink or a light meal, but it never gets noisy and they close off the outside area fairly early in the evenings, so there’s really no bother with the noise.
The room is very comfortable and spacious. There are tea and coffee making facilities and the minibar is complimentary, although that may have something to do with by status with Accor.
The bathroom features the usual set of amenities you might expect, including bath robes and slippers.
The restaurant is located on the ground floor, and this is also where breakfast is served. For breakfast they have a very nice buffet. In addition, warm dishes including eggs and pancakes can be ordered from the kitchen.
I very much enjoyed my stay in Rennes at the Balthazar hotel. The location is great, the rooms feel comfortable and the staff are friendly and helpful.