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“Old hotel. Great staff, poor room,awful bed.” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel de la Marine
1, quai du Canada, 14117 Arromanches-les-Bains, France   |  
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Gilbert, Arizona
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“Old hotel. Great staff, poor room,awful bed.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

Spur of the moment decision to stay at hotel since we planned a day trip from Paris only. Restaurant drew us in. Good menu but very overpriced. Staff very friendly which helped to make up for the minuses in the room. Small with terrible mattress. Beautiful view but room too hot. For every plus there was a minus. Again staff was four star room was one star.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This hotel is Ibis quality and no more. The location on the sea front is nice and if you can get a room with sea view it's lovely BUT - don't eat in the hotel unless you like very expensive rubbish.

I wouldn't stay here again, as having a sea view isn't top of the list for me. We got a much nicer hotel in Bayeaux and found fantastic food in the town much cheaper with less condescending staff.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We origianlly were going to spend two nights here and ended up staying four. It was a great location to drive to all of the D-day sites and museums then return for a quite evening on the beach. The hotel is older but very clean and the staff was wonderful and very accomodating. Rooms are small but that is the norm in France. We ate breakfast at the hotel but didn't use the retaurant for lunch or dinner. We did however sit on the outdoor deck and enjoyed coffee and beer/wine as you can't beat the view! Make you reservation early and ask for a ocean view room.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

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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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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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
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Hotel De La Marine Arromanches-Les-Bains, France - Normandy

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