The room was spacious enough for our family of four to be comfortable. The carpet and comforter had a few years of dirt stained into them, but the sheets and linens were clean. The bathtub had this strange glass door that only enclosed half of it, so it was impossible to not get the floor wet when showering, and the towels hung at the foot of the tub, so we had to be careful to not get them wet, also.
Air conditioning does not seem to be a big part of European culture, but this room had one of the better ones out of the three hotels in which we stayed. It cooled the room down to a comfortable temperature by about 03:00 or so each night.
The breakfast each morning was the best I can remember in my brief 45 years on this planet, and the reason I rated this hotel a four and not a three! I'm a picky eater (hated the food in London, couldn't find much in France that I liked), but I woke up each morning looking forward to breakfast downstairs. Several different brands and flavors of yogurt, a couple of different cold cereals, Belgian waffles (a kind that were sold in the U.S. at Costco for a few months that I loved and haven't been able to find for over 12 years), crepes, fresh fruit, eggs, fruit juice, and several other breakfast foods.
The staff was very helpful and polite, as well as very patient with our lack of French-speaking ability. The hotel is located on the very edge of the west side of town, which made it a good place which to begin my exploration of Normandy battle sites. It's about a twenty minute drive from Omaha Beach and 40-45 minutes from Utah Beach.
The hotel does not have on-site laundry facilities, and the service with which they contract is ridiculously expensive (three euro for one pair of socks, and seven for a pair of pants!), but it's only a five minute drive from a lavomatique (that's a laundromat, for my fellow Americans) in the center of town around the corner from the tourism office.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Bayeux hotel is located between Caen and Cherbourg, 0.6 Miles (1 km) from the famous tapestry, the old town and close to the landing beaches. It offers 77 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant and a bar, as well as 4 fully-equipped conference rooms for meetings and seminars. This hotel is perfect for both business travel and family vacations to Normandy. Facilities include free car park, swimming pool and landscaped. LED TV 40 "with 50 channels including BE IN SPORT. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Bayeux Hotel Bayeux
- Bayeux Novotel
- Accor Bayeux