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“Night 4 of Normandy Tour” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel de la Marine
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1, quai du Canada, 14117 Arromanches-les-Bains, France   |  
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Night 4 of Normandy Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Our previous night was spent on Le Mont San Michel where I felt like a Princess in a Castle. The sat nav finally got us to the hotel after walking along the promenade. On arrival we were assured where we had parked for free would be ok (it was) our room was on the 2nd floor but up a flight of stairs to an attic area with head out of window sea views. The room was basic but very clean, if not a weird entry!) We ventured out around Arromanche to see if any restaurants took our fancy (although as a safety measure we had booked into the hotel restaurant). We decided that we would actually dine at the hotel, and we were not disappointed, food was superb, service was attentive (restaurant was extremely busy). Overall the hotel is in the most excellent position for the Normandy Tours, fabulous views of the mulberry harbour and the locals on low tide 'moules' collecting. Staff extremely helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

This hotel has a perfect location if you plan to visit the landing beaches. it is a bit more expensive than other hotels in the area but you get nice rooms. Ours had a sea view although not all rooms do. the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Hotel is right across a good museum and has a good restaurant which is not cheap but the ambiance is worth it. food quality is also very good.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Butler, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Lets say firstly, the rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. Unfortunately our late booking left only tiny rooms available because the hotel location is premo. The walls were so thin in our #237 room I thought someone was blow drying their hair in our room. Our bath was as small as an indoor ship cabin bath, we dubbed the shower "The Fishtank"! Front desk was very nice and accommodating, the beach is outside the door. Listening to the waves at night was serene. You decide. I did see a Channel view room with twice our size and large bath.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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32 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

La Marine is situated in the best possible position on the seafront at Arromanche with views from the restaurant and seafront facing rooms emcompassing the whole of the remains of the Mulberry Harbour out to sea.
We had a two night stay and regarded the hotel as the proverbial "curate's egg" - good in parts. The staff were very friendly and helpful and all spoke very good English, which helped relieve our inadequate French. Our room was on the first floor and had a perfect sea view. The room itself was small but did have a desk, reasonable storage space (no full length wardrobe just a short hanging cupboard) and TV (French channels only) and the small bathroom had a decent, compact corner shower. Free WiFi was available in the room. It was generally clean, although the decoration was a little tired, but the double bed was the smallest that could be described as such and the bed spread kept sliding off when we got into it! However ,the biggest problem was the poor soundproofing. Our room was directly above the restaurant which has loudspeakers for its background music set in the ceiling, thus serenading us from below until the restaurant closure at 11.00 pm. We were also unlucky enough to have a snorer in the adjoining room who seemed to be going for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records and above us we could hear every footstep.
However, we thought the restaurant was excellent. We ate there both nights and our meal on the second night particularly, from their most expensive set menu, was superb. We agreed our oysters were the best we could remember having, the lobster main course was outstanding and the puddings were delicious. The restaurant was full on both nights and it was a credit to the waiting staff that they coped very well with the service, so, with good but pricey wine, the meal was not cheap but our table next to the panoramic window made it overall an extremely enjoyable experience.
Parking is a potentially a problem but the hotel has a small car park in which we always managed to park but the museum car park is next door to the hotel and always had spaces although it is a pay car park during the day. Overall we did enjoy our stay, but two nights was probably enough.

Room Tip: Definitely a room facing the sea and perhaps higher in the building to reduce the noise potential.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa. Canada
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The hotel was very old. The carpet was stained and badly needed to be replaced. There was an air freshener in the room that failed to disguise the stale odour. The bedspread had stains on it and when we asked for a replacement we were told that nothing could be done until the housekeeper came in the next day. It is a shame that these things couldn't have been rectified as the location was perfect with a view overlooking Gold Beach. We would not recommendthis hotel.

Room Tip: We would not recommend this hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London
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100 reviews 100 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is a lovely little hotel, right on the quay in Arromanches. You ARE on Gold Beach here and could not be closer to the sea. It is a 2 star-hotel, so no luxury is involved, but it is clean and efficient. Our room, on the top floor, had 2 windows, both overlooking the sea. The bathroom was tiny but clean, with a tub and shower. The hotel staff are extremely friendly and helpful and there is a sort of parking arrangement involved (too complicated to explain here!). It is perfectly placed to visit the wonderful "Musee du Debarquement" and the sites on Gold Beach.

The breakfast was rather expensive at 12 euros, but it was good. However, we tried the restaurant and were not impressed. The Moules marinieres were overcooked and tasteless, the service was strained and the price steep.

Wi fi is a lowpoint, as it's only accessible from the restaurant/bar area and you need a new password every hour, as that's the time limit they give you before requiring a new login.

Overall, we would recommend it as it's a really friendly place.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Colleyville, Texas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The building has been there since 1906 as this has always been a resort town. The D-day landing put this town pemenentrly on the world scene. The hotel has updated inside and has an elevator. There is WiFi advertised but I don't see how they can justify that add. It was so weak you had to sit on a chair next to the stairs to get on and it would promptly drop your connection as soon as you sent an email.

The location was awesome. The beach was just outside the hotel. The town parking lot was across the street (1€ per hour) and the Museun was next to that. The cinarama was a walk or drive up the hill.

This hotel put us within good reach of all the Landing beaches by car and there are van tours which will pick up at the hotel. Other cities of intrest are also close. Good home base for seeing the region.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1, quai du Canada, 14117 Arromanches-les-Bains, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Arromanches-les-Bains
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Arromanches-les-Bains
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel de la Marine 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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