Stayed at La Residence Normande in mid April (4/13/2013 through 4/20) through RCI exchange. A relaxing location in the quiet Normandy countryside. First about the units. We had two units--I believe numbered 10 & 13. We were told unit 13 is the only one bedroom unit on one floor (and ground level, btw). My father took this unit, as he is 80, and I wanted to ensure he did not slip going down the stairs to use the bathroom during the night. With all other one bedroom units the bedroom and living room are on an upper floor (with a steep staircase), while the kitchen & bathroom are on the lower level.
My father stayed in one unit by himself--a more than adequate sized one bedroom, with well equipped bathroom (full tub), kitchen and separate living room with pull out sofa. He had a small patio with a table and four chairs outside the living room door. I stayed with my partner and nephew in the two-level, one bedroom unit (kitchen & bathroom on ground level, one bedroom and living room on upper level). It would be awkward to have the living area upstairs, with the kitchen downstairs if we were there on a lounging holiday, but we were here to see the sights and didn't spend much time lounging around the unit, so it worked fine for us. Plus, the living room had a door and served as my nephew's bedroom, so it was all good. Dad's room had a full oven & stove top. Ours had a stove top and microwave. No dishwasher in either unit. No air conditioning, which I think is common in this area of France.
On site laundry and drying facilities are free, and not in the unit. The reception area sells routine food items (eggs, milk, coffee filters, etc) plus other supplies (laundry detergent) at EXTREMELY reasonable resort rates (.02 cents per coffee filter, .90 cents for a quart of milk!!!). Very welcome in a pinch. Coffee maker in rooms takes cone sized filters, btw. There is an offshoot of the Seine that runs directly in front of the resort, and a foot bridge over onto an island where the resort maintains its outdoor pool (closed in mid April). Walking the grounds was a welcome, relaxing treat. The grounds and facilities seemed mostly well maintained, but don't expect Starwood/Mariott/Hilton upkeep. The resort shows some age, but is overall in quite decent shape, in my opinion. Some recent refurbishment work is showcased in before/after pictures at the front desk.
Staff was welcoming and French (as in don't expect fake/forced American style welcome/service.... "Its a glorious day at La Residence Normande, how may we help you, Mr. Levatino!" However, they answered questions professionally and ably. The on-site pool and Jacuzzi was clean (though small), and in shoulder season was not overly used, however in high season the rather facilities must be tight, I would imagine. There is a game room on site, that had a wii, pool table, and other games--all for a fee I believe. Internet was reasonably priced for the week, though don't expect blazing speeds for streaming video. No unknown fees were given to us.
We did many day trips and used the resort as hub. We loved the Caen memorial war museum and the guided tour of the d-day beaches (booked online). We saw Hanfleur, Chateau Gailliard, Rouen, and drove the Alabaster coast and villages including Etretat. Another day we saw Mont Sant Michel. Expect to drive if you come here and want to see the sights! You are in the Normandy countryside. You can take the train, if you so desire (the station is in nearby Val-de-Reuil), however a car is probably your best bet. Sites are located between 40 minutes (Rouen, Chateau Gaillard) to 3 hours (Mont Saint Michel).
The resort has a code protected gate to keep unwanteds out. As a result, the resort felt safe and secure. Few resort activities on site, and we did not have occasion to frequent the next door restaurant. We did go to Jules et Jim in nearby Ande' and the food was good. I think that was my biggest frustration, very few classic french dining options in the immediate vicinity made it a bit of a culinary let-down.
It was quiet and well liked by me. More quality, nearby dining options and I would be welcome. I would say it is between Average and Very Good, so I will round up.
- Also Known As:
- La Residence Normande Hotel Connelles
- La Residence Normande Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect for those who prefer to take their vacations in a secluded setting, La Résidence Normande is nevertheless close to Monet’s Garden at Giverny, while medieval Rouen, where Joan of Arc met her untimely end, is just a short car journey away.Members are able to use all of the facilities at the neighboring resort, Le Manior des Deux Amants including both the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna and spa. ... more less
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