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“Sadist night porter” 1 of 5 stars
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Le Lion d'Or
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   71 rue Saint-Jean, 14400 Bayeux, France   |  
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Ranked #8 of 22 Hotels in Bayeux
Antwerp, Belgium
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Sadist night porter”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

My colleague journalist and I were making a story about the landing of Normandy when we landed in Le Lion d'Or. Even though the room and dinner were slightly overpriced, we enjoyed the warm welcome and a fairly good meal. After dinner we went out for a stroll in the village. Before leaving, the night porter ensured us that we could re-enter the hotel just by ringing the bell. He would let us in. When we returned, the gate of the hotel was locked (2 chains) and nobody answered the bell (we rang the bell more than an hour). We were locked out at night, our belongings were inside. The next morning we confronted the night porter and his superior. The porter lied right in our face and in the face of his superior (he said he thought we were already in, but we had our key with us and that 's still no reason for not answering the doorbell) This is not a bad hotel, but one sick person like this porter ruins its entire reputation. Fire the man!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We did not stay at the hotel so I can't comment on the accomodation, but we went for dinner on the 27th October. It was shocking. The salad was "fridgy" and brown round the edges; there was no Thyme in the Boeuf au thym; one piece of chicken appeared to be half eaten; the music was on. Why? The lighting was up high and the room was far too hot. The loos were dark and worn. In other words the ambience was awful. It was aimed at the English and Americans who are very numerous in Normandy and, apparently, not very picky.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We had used Rick Steves to guide us to hotels in Bayeux without booking ahead. Many were booked and we settled on the first one with space. This hotel was older with stairs only to access rooms( not geared to elderly & awkward with heavy bags). Parking was limited but available free overnight on the street.The room was spacious but older and tired looking. It was an expansive stay given that it was the last room available. We booked ahead next time.The hotel restaurant seemed more English in style and we wanted to experience local fare. Found a restaurant to eat nearby for dinner

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ENGLAND
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Was recommended to this hotel by my brother...and not disappointed. Good location for visiting Bayeaux. Hotel comfortable, clean with very friendly staff. Didn't eat at the restaurant as my elderly in-laws are pie and chips types, so would have been wasted, but the inclusive breakfast was very good. Cathedral and tapestry literally about 10 minutes walk away and plenty of good restaurants close by. Will definately use this hotel on the next visit to the Normandy beaches.

Room Tip: There isnt a lift and the Hotel is over three floors. If travelling with elderly people, request a r...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mamaroneck, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Stayed here for three nights last week. We were in a junior suite which was very nice, clean and comfortable. Location is great. Restaurant is awesome and staff was very friendly.

Saw some of the other posts about how it was "dated". That might be a little true but its in the french countryside, not paris. Anyway unless you are planning on buying the place, I wouldn't worry about it, this really was a nice hotel.

Room Tip: I had a junior suite which was a separate building.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Centerport, New York
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7 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The hotel is postcard perfect from the exterior, with a lounge that displays signed photos from famous actors, and celebrities, although most of them are long gone from this world. The view of the city and the illuminated spires of Bayeux Cathedral from the top floor is wonderful. But . . . the hotel is in dire need of new carpet, more new accessories and furnishings in the rooms, and be prepared to carry luggage up four flights of stairs if you have a room on the third floor with the charming view. A superior room on that floor was spacious, relatively clean (no one dusts the bedside tables) but lacked the charm of the hotels history or public areas. Bathrooms and showers were clean. You should ask for a parking space reservation if you have a car, for an additional 9 Euros per day

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We stayed here about 10 years ago and the experience was nearly identical to this time. Big, comfortable rooms and old world charm. Downtown Bayeux is a delight and the nearby Normandy sights make it a near perfect place to stay if you are going to daytrip around the area. Also, a very good value. I would stay here again without hesitation.

Room Tip: Draw your shades if in the front, as they hotel illumination stays on all night!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Le Lion d'Or

Address: 71 rue Saint-Jean, 14400 Bayeux, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Bayeux
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Bayeux
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Lion d'Or 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a peaceful setting, this former 18th-c coaching inn brings out best in comfort : 31 rooms shaded by blinds.Cosy and modern, with ochre hues, deep club chairs, Contemporary terrace furniture.Private parking, closed at night ... more   less 
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Le Lion d`Or Hotel Bayeux
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