A charming period house. The beach just a stone’s throw away. Hoteliers with a contagious joie de vivre. Welcome to Salima and Emmanuel Cebula’s hotel.
“Giving our visitors a unique experience in our historical hotel.”
Hotel Victoria is their victory. The culmination of a joint project for Salima and Emmanuel. Owners of guest houses in Tarn, the couple wanted to move on to something else. “That was our testing ground. We did it all: the works, decoration, layout and marketing. We realised that we made an effective duo!” The next step was running a hotel. This was to be in Châtelaillon-Plage, 500 km north of their former life. “We really fell in love when we visited this beautiful late 19th-century residence.” With elegant architecture, proximity to the sea and small resort station, and 25 spacious rooms, Salima and Emmanuel took the plunge. Four months’ work later, with three stars on their façade, the couple officially began their new life in April 2018 in a hotel that is chic, cosy, warm and welcoming – just like them.
While the hotel dates back to the late 19th century, Salima and Emmanuel have opted for a chic and cosy Art Deco-inspired decor in the rooms. Each was individually redesigned. The 25 rooms (single to quadruple) offer high-quality services as well as light, space and comfort.
On the buffet in the lovely breakfast area, an extensive selection of sweet and savoury options, regional, organic products and home-made chouquette pastries await.
Before dinner, the Hotel Victoria serves up a selection of drinks with regional flavours alongside appetiser boards. Salima and Emmanuel do not serve meals but they can direct you to some great options: “We’ve selected various seafront restaurants to allow guests to take in the sunset over dinner.”
Over a weekend or a few days’ holiday, Salima and Emmanuel invite you to enjoy the chic and cosy setting of the Hotel Victoria between two trips to the lovely town of Châtelaillon-Plage and its surrounding area.
This pretty little seaside resort on the Atlantic coast is worth a visit. Why not enjoy a bike ride there and take in its protected Belle Epoque architecture, calm, family ambiance and fine sandy beach stretching three kilometres with views over Fort Boyard and the islands of Aix, Oléron and Ré? Salima and Emmanuel hire out bikes from the hotel itself.
Fans of green spaces and tranquil landscapes should head to the winding, shady maze of the Poitevin Marsh, just half an hour from the Hotel Victoria. Closer by, La Rochelle or “Ocean Port” as it is sometimes nicknamed, will captivate you with its history, architecture and dolce vita. Salima and Emmanuel recommend some fantastic experiences, including a drink on the Maritime Museum boat, a visit to the three islands (Oléron, Ré, Aix) and a catamaran ride to admire the sunset over the ocean.
After a long day, come and relax at the hotel bar. Open from 9am to 9pm, you can enjoy delicious aperitif boards and succulent cocktails.