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“An excellent site for a Normandy beaches visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel L'ideal Le Mountbatten

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Hotel L'ideal Le Mountbatten
20 Boulevard Gilbert Longuet, 14117 Arromanches-les-Bains, France   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“An excellent site for a Normandy beaches visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

L'ideal Hotel, The Mountbatten is an excellent place to stay in Arromanches for a Normandy visit or as a stopover during a France/European holiday. Accomm rates are reasonable, the rooms are large bright and breezy, hosts are efficient and friendly and the room staff are excellent. I recently stayed for 2 nights as part of a return visit to Arromanches after first visiting 24 years ago. The breakfasts are filling and delicious and there are lots of cafés and restaurants for other meals, just a short walk away. Kids and pets welcome. Hopefully my next visit won't take 24 years to come around. The carpark is a tight fit for manoeuvring larger cars but there is a free parking area directly opposit the hotel.

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sunnyvale, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We stayed two nights at this small and quiet hotel in Arromanches (the town was ground zero for the D-Day invasion) between Christmas and New Year and we really enjoyed our stay. Our downstairs room was large, clean, and modern and the bathroom was well-equipped. It is five minutes walking distance from the beach so the location couldn't be better for this affordable hotel run by a quiet and caring couple who kindly offered us a jar of their homemade caramel sauce/topping upon leaving. The breakfast (not included in the price of the room) served buffet style was nutritious with a nice and plentiful selection of sweet and savory items. We were well-received by Sylvie, the proprietor, who recommended a very nice restaurant near by called "Les P'tites Assiettes."

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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167 reviews 167 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We chose this hotel, as it was close in town and all the sites. It met all our needs completely. It is more like a motel that you would find in the U.S., than what we usually see in Europe. The room was large for the 3 of us and the breakfast adequate to get us going for the day. We would highly recommend the hotel for those visiting the Normandy area.

Room Tip: We needed a triple with 3 single twin beds and this was provided in the lower end room. It was large...
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

A small, clean place with excellent parking. The town itself is a little stuck in a time-warp of being grateful to the Allies smashing up their town on D-Day 1944, but if you are interested in reminiscing about World Wars then this is a great place to be. Access to Caen and Bayeux is excellent. The room was clean and we stayed three nights with absolutely no complaints - oh only one, the weather wasn't that good!

Room Tip: The first floor rooms had a good view but if you have heavy bags then the ground floor is on the car...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leyland, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This was our first stop off in France on our way down to the Vendee. I would highly recommend this hotel and so would my wife (who is particularly fussy). We were travelling with a 6 year old and 2 year old so had the quad family room. We were in room 9, which is a sort of annex to the end of the hotel with a double bed and two singles in a nicely sized room (which is good when you have young kids). It was very clean and pleasant. It is fairly basic (but still pleasant), so don't expect all singing all dancing, but it is comfortable and has everything you could need. The woman who runs the place is lovely and the breakfast that some have questioned in quality was spot on for all four of us. Arromanches itself is a lovely little town and we would use this hotel again without a hesitation.

One last point - When researching I looked on google street view and noticed the sign over the entrance to the car park. We have a big Volvo XC90 4x4 and were going to put the roof box on, but didn't in the end as I was concerned over access to the car park and also we didn't need it. I am not sure we would have got under the sign with the roof box on. Should be fine in any other car with a box on, but cycles on roof may struggle. Just a point to note. There is parking opposite so should not be an issue.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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portsmouth
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69 reviews 69 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in the annexe at the end of the hotel built i guess for families. It was very clean, and we would use this place again. We didn't go for the breakfast, there is a Boulangie just down the street that does excellent stuff..

The small car parking area is tight to get in and out of, but it is handy having a convenience store right opposite.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in this Hotel/Motel, a couple of years ago, so decided to head there when we got off the ferry at Ouistreham, it's only half hours drive away, as this was the start of our tour through France to Northern Spain on the motor bikes.

The place has changed hands since we last stayed, it has been updated, the rooms are bright and comfy. The new lady owner was very pleasant, we explained that it was far nicer than the last time we stayed.
The price has also changed, when we last stayed the price included breakfast, this time it was around 10 euros for it, which I think was a bit much for the choice that was on offer.

The location is great, a 2 minute walk and you are in the Main Street where the restaurants and bars are situated, and the beach is there too.

I would recommend this Hotel/Motel, parking is right outside your door, it's location is great for doing the D Day landing tour, a lovely quiet place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 20 Boulevard Gilbert Longuet, 14117 Arromanches-les-Bains, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Arromanches-les-Bains
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Arromanches-les-Bains
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Number of rooms: 171
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