We chose the Premiere Classe Bayeux because of the great price and although you might think "you get what you pay for," we were pleasantly surprised. First and foremost we were thrilled to have A/C in our room. After being in Holland and Germany where they were experiencing unusually high temps and having no a/c in either of the B&B's we'd booked, we were thrilled to finally sleep in comfort. We were also happy to be able to book a room for 3, something that is not always easy to find. While the room for 3 was unusually small compared to the other rooms (think cruise ship sized room), it worked out fine for us (two adults and an 18 year old boy). The hotel is about equidistant from the train station in one direction and the town in the other direction. We walked with backpacks to and from the station with no problem and walked into town every morning.
The lady who works reception in the morning did not speak English at all really, so a phrase book is absolutely necessary. The woman who works reception in the evening had pretty good English, but attempting to speak French is always a good idea. The hotel does close the reception desk between 1:00 and 5:00, so plan accordingly. There is a way to check-in from outside, but if you've pre-paid for the room I'm not sure that works.
There was no phone in our room. I'm not sure if others had one or not. Attempting to use the lobby phone will take you some time--it seemed complicated and unless you speak French the reception desk can't really help you. We used our cell phone instead.
They also had free wi-fi, which my son loved! It worked very well. We also paid for breakfast each day which was a typical French continental breakfast--bread, butter, cereals, milk, tea, coffee, juice, water, jam, yogurt, applesauce. It was nothing special but it was all we needed. It was serve yourself and clean your own table (think IKEA style).
If you want luxury or a romantic setting, this isn't it. But if you just need a place to rest your head at night to prepare for the long days of tours and sightseeing, it's perfect.
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