We visit Dieppe often, sometimes booking an apartment, other times an hotel. There is little choice of hotel in Dieppe at the economy level: Etap, Tourist, Arcades and Duquesne, basically, with no great difference in price. The seafront hotels are all faded petit-grandeur and other options are expensive sterile modernity, so for us, these four are the only choice.
We stayed at the Duquesne a couple of times before it suffered the big fire, and a couple of times since the refurbishment that followed. It is very nicely located, the rooms are clean and spacious enough, the ablutions likewise, but there is the feeling that it rather fancies itself, as evidenced by the restaurant. Clearly the French themselves frequent the eatery, but it is terribly bourgeois and we felt a tad patronised, like we'd arrived uninvited to the golf club dinner. If the State didn't decide the star rating, I expect it would award itself four stars at least.
I don't like to feel I am being condescended to, when I speak good French and am a decent cook in my own kitchen, and a hushed air of sanctity when dining is not good for my digestion. Although, last visit, their Andouilettes stank of drains and were left uneaten, the menu is of reasonable quality, quite varied and not too expensive until you come to the wine, where they really lay it on thick. A damned good Cotes du Rhone shouldn't be more than 16E.
It all comes across as a bit precious and smug in that particularly petit-bourgeois Gallic way. It could be cosy, charming and romantic if they unclenched a little and were truly friendly rather than professionally cordial-with-a-touch-of-frost. Such a change of attitude might then have a chance to permeate the whole hotel.
Clean, reasonably priced, well located and authentic, I would recommend a stay as long as you eat elsewhere (spoilt for choice) and you don't try to engage with le patron, who may view the attempt as sycophancy!
Marks out of five are awarded relevant to the hotel's price bracket. You don't expect Heals furniture at IKEA prices.