I stayed there last week at the end of a Grand Circle Cruise Line tour on the Seine from Paris to Honfleur. The hotel makes a lovely first impression with gardens and flowers/plants in the lobby. However, some things are strange. I had a room on the ground floor with windows opening onto a courtyard. The bed was what we used to call a "hollywood bed," two single beds pushed together and one large headboard. Comfortable enough. There was a closet with a rod and hangers, shelves to hold other clothes and a safe. There was also a desk and chair and an arm chair. But the bathroom arrangement was weird. The main bathroom had a tub with hand shower, a sink, and a bidet. Heated towel rods. But the WC was in a small room just inside the door from the corridor, and that had one light on a timer. After 4 minutes, it went off! On the wall, as I entered from the corridor were two switches, one of which turned on the light in the WC. I never found out what the other one was for. And that was repeated all over the room - strips of buttons to control something, but I could only find the ones for a few lights and to raise and lower the window blinds.
Because I had fallen and couldn't get around very well, I opted to have all my dinners at the hotel. And they were very good, especially the seafood. Oysters from Cancale, mussels, scallops, sea bass, sole. Everything was fresh and well prepared.
The breakfast buffet was very good. A previous reviewer has stated that you had to cook your own breakfast, but that's an exaggeration. There's a little pan of almost boiling water that you can lower an egg into and timers to get the degree of hardness you want. There's also a table on the side that has scrambled eggs and bacon kept warm. And the coffee was just as I like it - hot and strong.
The staff was especially friendly and helpful.
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