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Hotel de Sainte Croix
Ranked #8 of 32 Bayeux B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Colchester
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“C'est fantastique!”
Reviewed September 30, 2008

We have just returned from a long weekend in Bayeux and a fantastic 3 night stay at the Hotel de Sainte Croix!

Florence's is just like her home - warm, charming and welcoming and she is the perfect hostesse. We stayed in the yellow room 'Josephine' decorated in a typical French way, which was spacious and comfortable. The bathroom was also huge and I enjoyed the 'his and hers' sink so that me and my husband were'nt jostling for the sink each morning!

The property is ideally located in Bayeux and we walked to the main tourist highlights easily. Situated overlooking the market square we were slightly concerend on Friday night that we would be disturbed by the Saturday market setting up in the morning but we honestly didn't hear a thing and slept soundly. The residence is peaceful and quiet and I would not be concerned about sleeping at the front. Also if you do stay at the weekend and have your car, its an ideal opportunity to stock up on all the great fresh market produce. We found parking easy, though this may not be the case in high season.

Talking of fresh produce...the breakfasts are superb! We had a choice of croissants, bread and conserves each morning along with yoghurt and Florence's speciality of the day! Each morning this was something different and we enjoyed crepes and French toast and even a chocolate brownie. Having dessert at breakfast is strangely nice!

Florence was not fluent in English and we were not fluent in French but somehow we managed to muddle through and she took a real interest in what we were doing and where we were going and gave us great reccomendations for dinner (we never had a bad meal the whole time we were there). Bayuex is ideally situated for touring the D-Day sites and is itself a charming Medieval town and of the course the Tapestry is a must-see.

We found Bayeux to be a fantastic weekend destination, friendly and charming and we will definitely be back. We will also not hesitate to return to the hospitatlity of Hotel de St Croix. The building is old and the floors squeak - but who cares? If you want sterile blandness book the Best Western!

Finally I should just mention the price, we thought it was great value at 73 Euros a night. Our friends stayed at the Hotel Tardif which was considerably more expensive but I do not think a better experience for the money.

  • Liked — Historic, comfortable property, ideally located with charming hostesse.
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2008

We cannot recommend this. We booked this hotel by email several months before our trip and then phoned to confirm with our credit card details. I also emailed a few days before leaving the UK to confirm our arrival details.
We arrived in Bayeux on Saturday, 6th September at 1430, after driving 350 kilometres through France to find the establishment locked up completely - both the gates and the front door, with shutters closed on the windows.
We parked and waited for an hour but were still unable to gain access, so we then went to the Tourist Office. Here, we were treated with great courtesy and the young woman telephoned 3 times but received no reply to her phone calls or the message she left. We subsequently booked in elsewhere and were fortunate to find a charming chambre d’hotes from the details given to us at the Tourist Office.

The establishment remained closed on Sunday, and on our return to the UK we received an email from Florence, which had arrived after we left the UK, to say the hotel was full over those dates, despite having confirmed this to us twice, by email and telephone. This was obviously not true – she was not there.

Stayed September 2008
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed August 14, 2008

My wife and I stayed at Hotel de Sainte Croix from August 9-11. We were greeted with smiles and quickly shown to our room. After staying in a typically small Parisian hotel room for the previous six nights, we found ourselves situatied in a very large very nicely decorated room.

The entire property had this truly wonderful old world charm with Creeky floors, big doors, high ceilings, and a traditional French decor. We were provided with our own key to the main entrance and made to feel like this was our personal home away from home.

Each morning we were served this wonderful breakfast with various breads, croissants, yogerts, apricots, and even a few other selections. Breakfast is served in a large dining room at an enourmous long dining table.

We highly recommend this B&B, but remind you that this is not a traditional hotel with TV's, telephone, and alarm clocks. This is a home where the hostess, Florence, provides you with comfort and wonderful hospitality. In addition to being a great B&B. It was a wonderful experience.

  • Liked — Charming B&B and great hostess
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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toronto, canada
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

We recently spent 3 nights at the Hotel Sainte Croix. It is a lovely, quiet bed and breakfast, conveniently located in Bayeux! Our room was beautiful and very spacious, with a gorgeous, modern bathroom. The building is very old and there were lots of squeaky floors and doors, but that just added to the charm. The owner is very friendly and kind. Each morning we were treated to a delicious and generous breakfast in the dining room. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for some charm and comfort in Bayeux!

  • Liked — charm, comfort
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel de Sainte Croix
Address: 12 rue du Marche | Place Saint-Patrice, 14400, Bayeux, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Bayeux
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Ranked #8 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Bayeux
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
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For your holidays or for a week end in Bayeux, open the door of this XVIIIth century private hotel and you will be charmed by this building which brings together the charm of the sophistication of yesterday with today's comforts. ... more   less 
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