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“Lovely Staff, Great location!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel de France
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10 rue de la Gare, 14000 Caen, France   |  
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Ranked #19 of 44 Hotels in Caen
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“Lovely Staff, Great location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely loved the staff despite our room had no wifi signal. Avoid room 116 at the very back of the hotel if you'd like to use wifi in your room. Hotel is near several restaurant choices, all walking distance. Walking distance from William The Conquerors Castle as well. It has secure parking with big gates, however the space is very limited. We stayed for 3 days and didn't move the car the whole time.

Be aware there is a German Shephard that hangs out behind the reception desk. Don't worry it's a nice dog and he's usually in the back room behind the reception desk. We also didn't hear any barking of any kind the whole time we were there. He's quite big though, but we love dogs so we patted him whenever he was out in the lobby. :0

Being that said, the hotel is very clean. I highly recommend it. Would definitely stay there again when we return to Caen.

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I chose this hotel as I thought it was close to the Ferry port. I'ts about 20 mins away by car but with the one way system in Caen its best to get clear directions, particularly if you are getting an early ferry. There was on site, secure parking and free wifi .Very close to the town centre. The room was clean and very comfortable with a good sized en suite including a bath.

Room Tip: We were first shown to a ground floor room which was at street level with full view from the street...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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68 reviews 68 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I liked the hotel because of the location, which was very close to the train station. The staff was friendly. The furnitures were very new and the room was very clean. The room was a little small but I only stayed one night. The breakfast was excellent. Many types of bread and cheese. What I didn't like was that it was too hot in the bedroom, although it was cold outside. I was told the air conditioning didn't work because it was october. I don't like to sleep with the windows opened.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thousand Oaks, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The location near the train station is very convenient for travelers. Other than that, it's a basic chain hotel, with no character whatsoever. Street noise can be a problem, especially since the room would get very stuffy quickly and the windows needed to be opened to air it out.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The hotel is less than a 5 mins walk from the SNCF station. All the staff spoke english, were friendly and were helpful.
My room had everything I would expect from a 2 star hotel. It overlooked a side street so was very quite.
There are a good selection of restaurants along the river bank some 5 min walk away.
The breakfast had a good selection.
I would stay there again.

Room Tip: There are two very noisy rubber tyred tram routes passing the front of the hotel and they start runn...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Morehead, KY
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151 reviews 151 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

Would definitely stay here again. The breakfast was a great value and the staff were very friendly.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
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113 reviews 113 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Stayed in Caen as a base for visiting D-day sites. This hotel is a 2 minute walk from the station and bus stop so convenient if you plan to tour without a car. (If you do rent a car, the rental companies are also very close by.) Clean spacious room (we had a triple room) with hot water and all amenities. Very helpful and friendly staff.

PROs: excellent price, great location for transport connections.
CONs: expensive buffet breakfast (rather grab a pastry at the nearby boulangerie), currently there is construction opposite the hotel which is not a problem per se but not a great view.

On the whole would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 rue de la Gare, 14000 Caen, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Caen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 44 Hotels in Caen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel de France 3*
Number of rooms: 47
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