This was our second stay at the Hotel de Sainte Croix. We came last summer with 4 of us, and this time it was just me and my 12 year old daughter. We actually had one of the rooms we had before. It's called the Victoria room and it is quite large.
Florence, the owner, seemed kind of reserved when we came the first time, but I think that was the language. She does speak English quite well, but seems much more comfortable if you speak French. This time, I spoke to her in French initially, and she looked excited and surprised and said "You speak French!" (in French). She was very helpful any time I asked for anything (which wasn't much) and seemed interested in our plans.
Of note, there are 3 beds in the room. The first time, I stayed in it with my sister and only one bed was made up (the queen). We asked her to make up another one, but she never did. I think there might have been a language barrier, though, since I don't know how to ask for a bed to be made up in French. This time I had asked in advance for a second bed to be made up, and she said it would be 5€ extra. I agreed, and the bed was made up.
We walked from the train station because I didn't see any taxis. I think it took us about 20-30 min with a 22 inch roller and backpack each. It is gradually uphill walking, though. Not really steep, just enough to make walking harder. We took a taxi back to the station. I can't remember the cost, but it was less than 10€. We walked down to the Churchill Hotel 2 days for Battlebus D-day tours. It took about 10-15 min to walk down there.
The breakfasts are excellent, with several kinds of break, juice, tea/coffee, and a special dish which is different every day (chocolate cake thing one day, last time there was French toast type stuff one day) and yogurt or some sort of fruit (some rhubarb thing one day which was not bad even though I don't like rhubarb). There are plenty of restaurants in walking distance.
There are only 2 down sides to this B&B that stand out for me. First, when you go out you leave your room key on a hook in the entry and take a house key. Therefore, other guests have access to your room key. We didn't have any problems with it either time, though. Second, there is no phone or internet access, although Florence did let us use her phone to contact our tour guide the last time. This time I had a cell phone, but I didn't need to use it for anything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For your holidays or for a week end in Bayeux, open the door of this XVIIIth century private hotel and you will be charmed by this building which brings together the charm of the sophistication of yesterday with today's comforts. ... more less