Calling this place a 3 star hotel should be a crime. I have stayed at other 3 star hotels in France and they were nothing like this place. If they ever gave negative stars, this is the first place on the list.
Other than the location, this hotel has absolutely nothing going for it. There is onstreet parking that is free and there is a locked parking lot for 10 euros a night. Park on the street. There are plenty of street lights.
Upon entering the lobby, the stench of smoke was everywhere. This is advertised as a non-smoking hotel and it certainly is not. When we approached the man at the reception desk, oh my was he put out that he had to talk to us. We were such an inconvenience. The man on the desk the next day was equally as disagreeable. In the course of the month that I've been in France, this hotel had the monopoly on rude male reception staff. No one has came close to these folks. The only bright spot was the charming lady who checked us out in the morning. We left very early because the rooms were just so hot.
Wifi was supposed to be available in the 'far' parlor. What wifi? I went to the wifi room and tried to connect for 30 minutes with no luck. Again, stinky smokey room so I really didn't want to stick around any longer.
Trapsed up 3 flights of stairs to our rooms (no lift or assistance here). My room was in the attic, under the corner of the roof. Slanted ceilings made standing up a challenge and I'm only 5 foot 6 inches tall. There were 3 small windows in the room; non opened except for a small slit at the top. I felt like I was in a castle lookout tower. They sprang for pricy window shades for these windows, so what's the deal here?
And hot? It was unbelievable. I wanted to rip the windows out of the sashes. We asked the unfriendly, unhelpful man at reception if he could turn down the heat. We received a withering glance and were dismissed.
The room was filthy with exposed wiring in the corner of the baseboard - made me feel really safe. The carpet was horrible, the bed rolled to the middle and was the most uncomfortable bed I've ever slept in. The linens were gray and the headboard (cloth) was greasy looking and had a cigarette burn in it. I wanted to sleep in the car.
And the bathroom. What can I say. Filthy, smelly, moldy; tiny goes without saying, but I can live with small. I cannot live with filth. And there was this weird plastic skylight-thing bolted to a bit hole in the ceiling above the shower. On the oppositte side of the plastic, it looked like it ws covered with bugs. It wasn't well secured, so I could only hope that it didn't fall in. I put one of the see-through towels on the shower floor because there was no way I was standing on that floor.
Avoid this hotel at all costs. Sleep in your car, sleep anyplace but this place. If I could I would give it all zeros across the board.
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- Also Known As:
- Castel Albertine Honfleur
- Castel Albertine Hotel Honfleur