We stayed four nights at the Villa Lara and this was a wonderful way to begin our time in France.
Since I enthusiastically agree with all the positive things everyone else has said, I'll try to focus on details that may not have been posted already.
The chef who cooks the made to order eggs at the breakfast really does a superb job. He takes a lot of pride and occasionally leaves the kitchen to ask diners if their breakfast is satisfactory.
The bathroom included a tub and a separate shower stall. The tub included a pull out line which made washing of small items of clothing easy and convenient. I mention this because our hotel in Paris had no such line and that hotel claimed that a law had been passed prohibiting hotels for installing them. In that Parisian hotel, we had to purchase a small metal drying rack to deal with our washing and we looked back at our stay at Villa Lara as the good old days.
The staff is helpful and pleasant. We arrived in Bayeux with information about cheese producers and cider producers that allow visitors. After Morgana learned the only cheese producer who used to allow visitors no longer did, she arranged a taxi ride to a local cider producer we had discovered. There are many cider producers throughout Normandy, and Morgana wasn't familiar with this one. When we got back, she asked about our experience to better help future guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Lara is a small privately owned luxury boutique hotel with a chic but casual atmosphere in the historic center of Bayeux, along the Aure River in a very quiet square facing the 11th century majestic cathedral and just next door to the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Our 28 rooms are appointed in an elegant French style with 8 different color schemes. All the furniture is made by Moissonnier, a well-known French company founded in 1885. Its cabinetmaking skills have been passed down generations, bringing the past to life with light touches, suggesting without imposing, breathing new life into traditions to make the present feel magical again, and creating jewelry for the hotel while cultivating an offbeat style-such is the spirit of Moissonnier today. All the rooms are accessible by lift and equipped with air conditioning, a minibar, large flat-screen TV and safe. The marbled bathrooms have a walk-in shower and also a separate bathtub in most of the rooms. The rooms range from 30 to 50 square meters with a view on the Bayeux Cathedral. Beds are minimum 1.80 x 2 meters and in most of the rooms can be up to 2 x 2 meters. Wireless high speed internet access is free throughout the hotel, which features a cozy bar/lounge area with a fireplace and a library, a marbled lobby, and a breakfast room set in a traditional French style where the breakfast is prepared and served in front of the guest. Our complimentary fitness center is available 24/7 and equipment includes a treadmill, bicycle, and strength training machines. A private carpark is available with 15 spots and a drop-off space for buses. Although we meet the official government criteria of a 5-star property, we do not have a restaurant, a spa, and a formal bellman at the front door. We do not want to mislead our future guests who attribute these specific amenities to their image of a 5-star property, although we do of course provide porterage and turn down. And, as always, our commitment to 5-star service is at the forefront of our day-to-day operations. ... more less
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