I'm surprised to see quite a few positive reviews on here. The overwhelming impression I've been left with, from 2 nights there, is of a grim place (white-washed, pebble-dash-effect internal walls)... thin carpets, those plastic-type curtains, awful external architecture in a soulless part of town. Oh... and the restaurant/breakfast was thoroughly uninspiring. The worst Novotel of the many that I've stayed in. It also annoys me when they put symbols on their own website which give the impression that it has facilities that are not there. For instance... a gym/fitness symbol. But look carefully, and this symbol actually means that there is a fitness centre nearby, and you have to pay for it.
To be fair, the hotel is not without redeeming features and I was a bit torn between 2 and 3 stars but for over a hundred pounds a night in a mid-range chain like Novotel, I just don't think it deserves 3. On the plus side, whilst I really didn't like the room, it was big enough for us with 2 kids. They've done a very nice job in the back garden, which is a little oasis of tranquility... with a nice outdoor pool, table tennis, trees and grass. The staff were generally friendly, and the location is good for transport links... including a tram and a ringroad right outside. The reception area and bar look like they've been done up fairly recently, and they make an effort by laying out some toys in reception for kids.
But the place just doesn't feel at all pleasurable, as described earlier. A little more detail about the breakfast... it was a self service buffet, with limited choice... and mostly very average quality. For example, on both days, the fruit on the buffet consisted of just some slices of fresh orange with some tinned fruit cocktail. Only 2 fruit juices. Hot food was disappointing.. but like most things here, not quite bad enough to make you complain too much... just some bacon, pale sausages, sauteed potatoes, scrambled egg... and some eggs you could boil yourself. The evening meal was not great. I should really have complained, but couldn't be bothered.
If you can't find anything else, and it's just for 1 night (maybe at a real push, 2)... then you'll be OK. But do try to find something else first! ( by the way, I can't remember all my reviews, but they are generally very upbeat and optimistic, so don't dismiss me as a whinger!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Caen Cote de Nacre is a 3 star hotel located 20 minutes from the beaches of the Allied landings and not far from the Peace Memorial. The hotel offers 126 rooms, a terrace with a garden, a swimming pool and six conference rooms for your meetingsand seminars. This 3 star hotel is equally suited to a business trip or a holiday in Caen with your partner or family. Discover modern and original cuisine at the Novotel Cafe restaurant. Guests also enjoy the convenience of free private parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre Hotel Caen
- Caen Novotel