Hotel of the week
This 25-room seaside mansion in Brittany “melds the best of both its past incarnations,” said Sara Lieberman in The New York Times. Originally an English lord’s private manor, Castelbrac was converted into a marine research center in the 1930s, and now its mismatched buildings have been combined to create a unique boutique hotel. The former aquarium has become a funky bar with porthole windows and mosaic columns. There’s also a Turkish bath, and adventurous guests can take the hotel’s wooden motorboat to nearby St.-Malo, a walled naval city across Prieuré Bay. castelbrac.com; doubles from $360.