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“Excellent location and friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel L'Univers

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Hotel L'Univers
Ranked #21 of 41 Hotels in Caen
England, UK
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Excellent location and friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed here on 24th August with friends. We arrived in Caen early AM so enjoyed a walk around the Castle before heading to the hotel. We arrived early for check-in and the smiley receptionist was great as they were able to provide us with rooms straight away. We stayed on the second floor and had a candy pink room - pink is not my cup of tea but the room was spacious and comfy with a storage area leading to the bathroom. The bath was a good size but the showerhead did have limescale (wasn't too off putting though as we opted for a bath rather than shower). The windows in the room open right up so you can get great views of the harbour and market (on Sundays). We slept well at night and the hotel felt safe throughout. We didn't opt for breakfast as there is plenty of good quality and value food on offer at the market. During checkout the smiley receptionist kindly let us keep our bags at the hotel whilst we wondered around town during the morning...of which we were highly thankful for. Very accommodating throughout, great location and good good value for money. I'd stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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108 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

This hotel is right along the canal with a great view of the port. The rooms are simple with older furniture. However, the mattress must be memory foam as I had a fantastic sleep. We walked around the shopping area just around the corner flanked by OLD churches on each side. There's lots of eating areas right outside the hotel and lots of parking across the road (free from 7pm to 9am). We had lost our adapter and the front desk lent us 3. The continental breakfast in the morning was very basic and cost 7 euros extra so I would suggest eating elsewhere if wanting something to hold you for awhile. It was a great place to stay for the night on our way to the Normandy beaches.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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London
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37 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Damien, the receptionist, was fantastic! I emailed that we would not arrive until 22:30, and was emailed back the door code as the door closes at 22:00. Then in response to asking where I could lock the bicycles, Damien said he would stay up and wait for us so that he could securely store the bikes behind reception. What great customer service. Very good location, just at the end of the 9 mile bicycle route which runs from the ferry alongside the canal.

The room was basic but clean, and good value for the very reasonable price. The breakfast was nothing to write home about, but okay for 7 euros.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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151 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

A reasonable price for an good hotel with great location. It is next to the most alive part of the city, with windows that leave the noise outside. Rooms including bathroom are clean and big enough with coffee and tea. Bad side of staying is that if you travel with car there is no hotel parking leaving you to catch hours when city parking is free (19h to 9.30). When you check-in, friendly staff provides you with all necessary informations that you need - door and wifi code. They also offer breakfast, but is payable (7euros). There is no elevator, so the number of stairs you have to overcome carrying your luggage depends on your luck.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

This hotel is located on "harbor" and has easy pay parking accross the street. The rooms were small but clean and the cost is reasonable. The front desk staff was freindly. The windows were new double pain glass and the rooms were acceptably quiet. Be advised there is no elevator and some rooms face the back side of the building (ask for street facing rooms).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Excellent Location, right next to the Harbour and the Bar's and Restaurant's. Rooms are ok, but extremely basic. Small Kettle and tea and Coffee in room.
Breakfast was 7Euro's which was half a Buagette and a Crousiant..choice of spreads, from small cheese, Jam, Honey and Nutella. Staff were very polite and friendly. NO LIFT in this hotel, so be prepared to lug your luggage.
The restaurant Attached to the Hotel is Very nice food and reasonable. Not sure what the Hotel rating is, but I would give it a 2 star.
One bit of Advice, if you stay over a Saturday night, you will have to move your car, as Sunday the car park is a market.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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180 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

Over the past 10 years we have mainly stayed in 2 star hotels and L'Universe has to be one of the better ones.

From it's location overlooking the harbor to it's bright and sunny rooms with comfy beds crisp sheets and good size bathrooms it is very good value

We had a corner room which also has a single bed so perhaps it was bigger than the others.

Breakfast too is better than the usual fare of croissant, half a baguette and coffee as it also included juice, cereals, yogurts and fruit.

We extended our stay to 5 nights because it is so nice to finds such good digs for such reasonable price which enables us to enjoy more of the great foods on offer in the "eating street" just two blocks away.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Property: Hotel L'Univers
Address: 12 quai Vendeuvre, 14000 Caen, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Caen
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Ranked #21 of 41 Hotels in Caen
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel L'Univers 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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