We were taking the ferry home from France at the end of our holiday. We have, in the past travelled from St Malo to Portsmouth and managed to make it part of our holiday, enjoying 2 nights in a comfortable hotel. We usually pay 70- 90 Euro a night and have never been disappointed.
This year we decided to try the Caen ferry and booked 2 nights at Le Cremaillere at a discounted rate, the cost was more than we usually pay and was for a 4 person duplex room in an annex from the main hotel and included a buffet breakfast.
On arrival we were given our keys and directed to our room. The receptionist advised us to book a table for our evening meal as the hotel was busy. We enjoy our food and can usually negotiate our way around a french menu, however there were a couple of items that we weren't sure about but the waiting staff were unable to enlighten us.
We were seated on a table for 2 between the main room and a back room, which was fine until a block booking of perhaps 50 people arrived. They managed to squeeze past us and for the rest of our time in the dining room it felt rather like being on a traffic island, being bumped and pushed about. There was an empty window table in front of us, but staff appeared to prefer to hope for a walk in rather than move us to a more comfortable position. The food was very nice and we enjoyed a very good bottle of wine.
Our room was disappointing to say the least. No air con. and the only way to gain ventalation was to leave the three foot wide 'balcony' door open. I have the midge bites as I write this, to remind me of this.
There were two (very comfortable) single beds pushed together, a table and two kitchen chairs in the room, but no room for anything else or even to pass each other.
The bathroom had the smallest shower, it was the size of a washing up bowl in a cupboard, no hair dryer
On the plus side there was free wifi, which was very good.
Breakfast was at 7.15 - 10am very civilised times. A wide choice of foods and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Our ferry was at 8.30 on our second morning and we needed to be at port by 7.45. We preferred not to wait untill the morning of our departure to pay our room bill and so went to reception in the late afternoon on the day before.
The receptionist was on the telephone when we arrived, after waiting for a while she asked what we wanted. When we said we'd like to pay our bill she said she was ''busy'' and to pay in the morning, later or wait until she had time for us
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- open every day, l'hôtel restaurant la crémaillère logis de france is 3 star hotel and maitre restaurateur for the restaurantrestaurant and rooms on sea side or with garden view ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Cremaillere Courseulles-Sur-Mer, France - Basse-Normandie