By Fiona Quinn

Check out where to stay on Ile de Ré. Accommodation on Ile de Ré is a mix of campsites, self-catering homes and apartments, and a smattering of small boutique hotels.

Ile de Ré view towards a black and white church tower over the water with seagulls on this side and green pastures and town in distance
Ile de Ré © TO Ile de Ré

Here I highlight a few of the inexpensive options. See at the end for a few suggestions of more expensive accommodation.

Why choose Ile de Ré?

Ile de Ré, the delightful island just off the French Atlantic coast town of La Rochelle and in Poitou-Charente, is a wonderful place for a holiday. Hire a bicycle, pedal around the little villages and chill out.

Ile de Ré Hotels

Aerial view of Ile de Re in blue sea with island stretching out into distance
Aerial view of Ile de Ré Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Hotel de Ré

Room in Hotel Ile de Ré with bright colours and french doors
Bright rooms in Hotel Ile de Ré

For a family with little ones, the Hotel de Ré in Sainte Marie is a good bet. It has a pool and a small restaurant where breakfast is served. The bright, colourful rooms surround the pool area or the garden with kids playground; most have terraces. All include air-conditioning, and you can book certain rooms with pull-out sofas or suites with a dining/cooking area. This is one of the best places for accommodation on Ile de Ré.

Hotel de Ré
12 rue de la Terre Rouge
17740 Ste Marie de Ré
Tel: +33 (0)5 46 30 33 20
Prices 49€ to 269€ per night, varying by room and the season; breakfast is 9€ per adult, 4.50€ kids
Location In Sainte Marie de Ré, about a 10-minute walk from the beach

Hotel Le Galion

3-storey hotel with pale walls and green shutters in St Martin
Hotel Le Galion in St Martin © Fiona Quinn

Tucked away at the end of St-Martin overlooking Parc de la Barbette and lighthouse, this traditional ivy-covered French hotel with pastel shutters has 29 airy rooms. Most are decorated with fresh coastal decor and have an ocean view or face Fort Vauban. Translated as a galleon, the ship theme continues in the public spaces. When the weather’s fine, you can have breakfast on the terrace.

Hotel Le Galion
Rue Emile Atgier
17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Tel: +33 (0)5 46 09 03 19
Prices 105€ to 195€ per night, varying by room and the season (open all year); breakfast is 14€ per person

Ile de Ré Camping

For families, a French campsite stay makes entertaining the kids so easy. A five-star resort often has everything from several pools, sporting areas and restaurants to activities such as poolside exercise classes and evening entertainment.

Sites with fewer stars will generally have a pool, onsite shop and restaurant but may lack the range of activities. However, most sites have a variety of accommodation types to suit all budgets from basic spots to set up your tent to glamping-style cabins.

Camping Le Cormoran

Caravan pitch at Camping Le Cormoran
Camping at Le Cormoran

Considered one of the best campsites on the island, this five-star plot near the village of Ars-en-Ré is nestled in the forest alongside the beach. Spread over 7 hectares, the upscale facilities include a spa and 2 heated pools overlooking vineyards. Accommodation is in wooden cabin-tents for 2 or 4, and static caravans from basic to luxury for up to 8 people.

Camping Le Cormoran
Route de Radia
17590 Ars-en-Ré
Tel: +33 (0)5 46 29 46 04
Prices 89€ to 250€ from 2 nights, varying by accommodation and the season

Camping Le Suroit

View of outdoor pool at camping le soiroit with blue pool in foreground and one storey cabins b ehind
Outdoor pool at Camping Le Suroit © Fiona Quinn

A less expensive option is Camping Le Suroit, just a short walk from Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré beach and the popular market in the centre of town. Guests use one of two pools, with an indoor pool that’s popular with small kids if you want to stay out of the sun. There’s also a cafe-restaurant where you can enjoy an aperitif on the sofa, order a pizza, or join in the occasional evening entertainment.

Camping Le Suroit
8 route de Gros Jonc
Q17580 Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré
Tel: +33 (0)5 46 09 18 22
Prices 147€ to 400€ for the week, varying by accommodation and the season. Open Apr-Sep

There are no budget hotels in the big chain groups on Ile de Ré but there are some in La Rochelle which is the departure point for the island. Check out the budget chain hotels here.

Interior courtyard with rooms on two floors overlooking tables set for meal
Hotel de Toiras in St Martin

If you’re going for more upmarket accommodation, we recommend the Relais et Châteaux Hotel de Toiras in St-Martin, and its sister hotel, Villa Clarisse. South of St-Martin and on the sea, Le Bois-Plage has the delightful Les Bois Flottant.

More about Ile de Ré

Ile de Ré village looking at church tower and castle ruins from tower level with trees in front and sea in background
Ile de Ré © TO Ile de Ré

Here’s more about fabulous Ile de Ré from Fiona Quinn. Read what she recommends: What to do, what to see, how to get there and what to shop for.

Ile de Ré Tourist Information

About guest writer, Fiona Quinn

Fiona Quinn is a francophile travel writer and editor. She’s lived in France on and off during the past 30 years, including as a student in Paris, ski saisonnaire in Savoie and Haute Savoie, and a home-owner in sunflower-filled Charente. 
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