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Overnight on Mont St. Michel

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We are thinking of staying at the Hotel de Guesclin on MSM in May. Has anyone had experience with this hotel? We will be renting a car and driving from Bayeux. What do we do with our car if we stay on the island?

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    We stayed on MSM October (2011) but can't help you re:Hotel du Guesclin specifically, but can help you with parking. As you cross over to the Mont and reach the end of the road, public parking is off to the right (bus parking, off to the left).

    If arriving during the day, there has always been an attendant waiting as you descend the short distance to the actual parking lot; it may not be obvious, but it is divided into two by movable gate barriers. If you don't speak French, just show him your hotel confirmation and he will direct you to close the close-in area reserved for handicapped and hotel guests; this will be the area closest to the ramparts and furthest away from the entry into the parking, unless they've changed things with renovations.

    Somewhere between the parking lot and the draw bridge you should see a sign signaling if the tide change is going to be significant enough to warrant the moving of cars to the main road in time for the incoming high tide (la marée haute). You can also google the expected tides beforehand, check with the tourist office (Just after the draw bridge and to the left) or check with your hotel upon arrival. You have to be an idiot or deaf to miss the multi-lingual loudspeaker announcement blaring over the Mont at the actual time the tide is due to change warning everyone to move their car. If you are lucky enough to be there during a major tide change (at the equinoxes? neap tide), it IS most impressive! Much of the time, though, there isn't that big of a tide change to be remarkable.

    Up to you whether you want to lug your luggage up to the hotel with you. If you are older or not in good shape, it is quite a grade and over cobblestone and through crowds. We usually have just taken a small overnight bag, stored in the back seat in advance, with the rest of our luggage locked and out of sight in the trunk so as to not draw attention upon arrival that we are leaving things in the car.

    There are those who tell you they prefer to stay off the mount; we're among those who find the ambiance on the Mont special after the day trekkers have abandoned it...to each his own.

    Have a great time!

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    Hi there,
    This thread made me remember of a trip to Croatia. I stayed overnight at St Michel. We did not book a hotel. The place was packed with day tours when we arrived and hard to even walk with so many people. I was concern about finding a hotel. However, we had no problem finding a hotel and the place was fantastic when the days tours left with very little people spending the night. I do not remember any problems going to the abbey or leaving the area. We were able to take night photos across the water.

    Cheers!!
    Ankush

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