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“Convenient for train station” 3 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
Plymouth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Convenient for train station”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Hotel staff were more intent on continuing their conversation upon our arrival rather than tend to 3 soaking wet guests - we arrived in the middle of a thunderstorm and downpour. Breakfast better than many other hotels we have stayed at. Room ok, but wifi signal strength very weak. Good location for train station and not too far from tram stop. The tram is an easy and affordable way to get around Caen

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights, as a base for exploring the D-day beaches area. Good basic hotel providing a good nights sleep. We found the staff very helpful and nice, and this hotel is great for having a secure parking area at no extra charge!

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have been located at ground floor, in front of public parking on the road, not the best place. Bathroom not that clean, dust still present in the room. Location quite acceptable even if close to the main train station

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night after we had travelled on the afternoon ferry from Portsmouth, prior to driving down to the south-west of France. The hotel is close to the centre and although we were on the ground floor, it was very quiet and we had a good nights sleep. We chose this hotel because of the availability of a room for three people as we had our daughter with us. The room was large and comfortable and very clean. The air conditioning was a nice plus that meant it was also very comfortable to sleep in. We managed to secure a parking space for the car on the road at the side of the hotel. The hotel car park was full as we didn't arrive until 11pm. However, be aware that from 9.30am, spaces on this road are pay and display. Thankfully, the hotel receptionist explained this to us and we were able to get a ticket in the morning to avoid any problems. Breakfast was basic but good and the hotel staff were friendly and helpful. It was an ideal place to stay for one night before beginning our journey the next day.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Hørsholm, Danmark
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in this hotel for a week this summer 2013.
The hotel is nothing special, just an average place to sleep. The staff however, is great, and must be worth a point of their own. Very helpful and informative. The rooms are nice and clean. The aircon was insufficient in our room, but worked. The free parking is a major plus, but be home before seven pm or it Will be full. The breakfast is a good and simple buffet, and is served from 4 am to 11 am.

The hotel is situated perfectly for visiting Normandy. Close to shopping, eating, the cinema, the tramway, the main trainstation, and still just off the noisy tourist center. If going by car, the hotel is close to the 'periferique' which will take you anywhere, without driving through the center of Caen.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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30 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights in the middle of July.
Caen is located more the 20KM from the shore, inland so it is hot.
We picked this hotel based on the fact they have A/C.
When we arrived they put us in a nice big room. The A/C was weak but worked. Then at night it started dripping water until we had no chance but to switch to a different room (around 10:30 PM) after the kids fell asleep.
In the new room that was in the attic and had no real windows, the A/C was a joke. Not a funny one.
This is becoming a real problem in French hotels. If you say you have A/C, it should mean that the room temperature could be lowered by that A/C. If not then you don't have one. Needless to say ours answered to the latter option.
Really bad experience in a hotel that is not in a nice area or is beautiful.
We chose this hotel since it had the amenities we needed in a decent price. Not so decent after all...
Not going back there ever.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Santa Clarita, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

My family spent one night at Hotel de France in Caen before heading to Omaha Beach. The location is great since the hotel falls right in-between the train station and downtown. The rooms were relatively large although I did not care for the shower door configuration (if you stay here, you will understand). The hotel was well maintained and right across the street is a shopping mall including some nice restaurants. Just don't ask the front desk for directions or locations of visitor sites - they don't know!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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