To experience the 19th-century heyday of the Emerald coast, there’s no better place than at the birthplace of one of its heroes: writer Chateaubriand. Located inside the walls of old St-Malo, the flowering courtyard feels as though you’ve stepped into the Romantic era. Common areas still have this bygone feeling; however, guestrooms have been brought into the 21st century, the best and most modern rooms being the chambres supérieures. Request a room with views of the ramparts or the sea. Sip cool cocktails in the chic bar or dine in the regal restaurant with gold-trimmed Corinthian columns.