I had to spend a couple of weeks in Caen, and being between contracts, opted for budget accommodation. As the previous reviewer ruefully observed, you get what you pay for.
I was on the third floor, at the rear of the building. Climbing the stairs up the narrow stairwell I sometimes felt like an SOE agent going about some clandestine business, as it felt just like being in one of those black and white films about the Resistance in WW II.
Threadbare carpets throughout. The sheets and towels had seen better days......about twenty years ago....and were 50 Shades of Grey. On the first morning, while drying my back after a shower, the towel ripped. The shower was a 'Pulse' type shower. Just after I got it to the right temperature and stepped in, it pulsed cold. Rapid adjustments, stepped in and it then pulsed scalding hot. No need to go for a walk to exercise. Just take a shower and jump in and out for ten minutes or so. There is no extraction system fitted, so on cold mornings there is a layer of steam that gradually drifts into the bedroom, resulting in some fascinating moulds growing on the ceiling/wall join.
The blankets and coverlet were in dire need of throwing into a skip, or at the very least a long, deep dry clean so I resorted to using my lightweight sleeping bag.. The bedding reeked of stale tobacco, as did the hotel in general.
I didn't take advantage of the breakfast bit. It was a smoking area, so I skipped it and used to go into town for a bite to eat, much to Madame's disgust!
On the plus side, it is well placed for the marina, weekend market, town centre, William the Conquerors Palace and museums. The staff are very friendly, and the kebab shop next door does a pretty good offering. Being at the back of the hotel meant it was quiet so sleep quality was good. (Forgot to mention, the bed was very comfortable).
Would I stay there again? With my wife...No. I can't afford a divorce. On my own ....possibly.
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