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“Tiny, shabby, cramped rooms” 2 of 5 stars
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Fasthotel Caen Memorial
Rue du Clos Barbey | Zac du Clos Barbey, 14280 Saint-Contest, France   |  
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Saint-Contest
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“Tiny, shabby, cramped rooms”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

The photos ot this hotel are deceiving. Fasthotels are low budget hotels mainly used by travelling work crews. The rooms are very small and shabby. The bathroom is also very small resembling one of the French public coin-operated toilets. The automated check-in system is a ridiculous way that the chain uses to save money on staff. Our booking was messed up on their system and we had to drive across Caen to get the tourist bureau to phone the number that was on the box in case of problems. When we returned, we were met by an obviously annoyed caretaker who got us our keys. This was not a good value for the money. There are much better hotels nearby.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

Hotel location, for us was great, central to everything we wanted to see and do (which was normandy d day sites). Car is essential in my view. Hotel located in what i would describe as a industrial site, with supermarkets, french version of B&Q's etc, and other hotels similiar to this one, However, i will say that noise was not a problem.
The hotel reception is closed around 9pm. The car park is locked by barrier system at 10pm so if you need to enter/exit you will need a code for the key pad.
Room is very basic, we had a double bed (two mattress pushed together) Bunk beds for the kids - beds were okay. Room was cleaned everyday, and beds made. Bathroom is very very tiny, you can sit on the toilet, wash your hands and have a shower at the same time. If you are a large person - the bathroom may prove to be a problem for you.
For us it was okay, as we got in late every night and just slepted, showered and went back out the next day - it suited our needs.
Breakfast, is very basic (5 euros per person) continental breakfast, on a help yourself basis. I.E french stick, crossiants, jam, spreads Tea./Coffee/Orange Juice.
You can buy on site (if reception is open) water, coke etc price 2 euros. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in your room, and no vending machines to obtain drinks if reception is closed. So be prepared for that.
The staff are helpful, but speak very basic english, so if you dont speak any french be prepared. There is a cash point on site, but i believe its chargeable.
We found two restaurants within a few mins walking distant - very nice, suitable for all tastes. Caen itself, not much there really, there is a castle, that you can visit, I would recommend a visit to the Caen memorial which is about 10min car ride.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue du Clos Barbey | Zac du Clos Barbey, 14280 Saint-Contest, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Saint-Contest
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Saint-Contest
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Number of rooms: 48
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