We arrived in the late morning to drop off our luggage to avoid leaving it in the car while we explored the Normandy beaches, as the Rick Steves guidebook and others had suggested. Anthony greeted us with "You are too early." When I explained that we'd like to leave the bags in the hotel, Anthony said "This is a civilized country; no one will steal your luggage. if your guidebook says otherwise, throw it out!" But he did take the bags and we found them on our return in the late afternoon in a spacious comfortable room. The room was freezing; no heat and Anthony nowhere to be found. I left a note and we went to dinner in town. The heat was on when we returned later.
At breakfast the next morning, Anthony was being charming and helpful to the two lady guests, but ignored us. I had no napkin at my place, and when I asked him for one, he snapped "What did you do with the one you had." We asked Antony to bring our car around, and it arrived covered with fresh, wet bird droppings. Antony helpfully noted that this had never happened before. We asked for help in cleaning the car off, and he threw a bucket of water on the car while the passenger door was open, wetting the inside and hardly dealing with the problem. We left to get the car cleaned at a service station. Anthony was probably laughing all morning.
We've traveled extensively in France and elsewhere. We love France and have always been treated well by the French people and have made many friends. My only conclusion is that Anthony might be wonderful to some folks, but if for some reason he takes a dislike to you, too bad. He didn't ruin our stay, but he sure was unpleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Noble property of the 18th century right in the heart of Bayeux, 15 minutes from D-Day beaches. Hotel Tardif was successively the residence of a royal botanist from Versailles and the Army Minister of Napoleon. Private car park, park, terrace. Peaceful and comfortable. Period furnishing ... more less
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