The four of us arrived at Hotel Reine Mathilde weary and exhausted after nearly 20 hours of planes, trains and automobile travel. A pleasant hotel employee brought us to our room which was located in the annex building on the ground floor immediately as you walk in.
Unfortunately we noticed right away that there was a fairly strong, mildew odor that other Tripadvisor reviewers have noted as well. Beyond that, the room was situated so that the windows look out onto the busy alleyway - directly at eye level. Essentially people were walking right by our windows with the ability to look right in. So obviously we had to keep the curtains completely closed or be on stage.
While the other side of the room had windows overlooking a small canal, they also offered a direct, street-level view right into our room from a different alley. Needless to say, with four of us in the small, dark room, and no light coming in, it felt very cramped and claustrophobic.
Moreover, it was situated directly next to the main door of the annex building and from the moment we arrived, it opened and slammed closed incessantly.
After inquiring at the front desk about staying in a different room, we were told the hotel was booked for that evening but that they could move us the next day, which they did.
Once we were relocated to an upstairs room in the annex, it was a great stay at the Reine Mathilde. The location of the hotel couldn't be better, the room was clean, bright and served us well for our travels throughout the Normandy region. We enjoyed several glasses of wine at the café, as well as, one breakfast which was fine but not necessarily worth 8 euros per person.
Consider walking to the nearby street market and grabbing some fresh fruit, crepes or other offerings. Or, do as we did, which was to visit the local grocery store located just a couple blocks over and purchase baguettes, jam and yogurt on your own. We enjoyed our ad hoc Bayeux breakfasts very much and saved ourselves a considerable amount of money by hitting the store instead of the restaurant.
Overall, we'd definitely return to the Reine Mathilde. We'd just make sure to avoid the first-floor annex room.
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