Have you ever wondered if the people who complain about the little things in hotels return after their holidays to their own perfect home? Or to put it another way, what difference did it make that you were not cuddled by the hotel staff when you arrived? Or that you noticed a speck of dirt on the stairway? Or maybe the furniture was a bit outdated?
Isn’t it more important that the hotel had your booking right, that you asked for a double room with an extra bed in a no-smoking room on a particular date and it was all perfect when you arrived hot and tired? That the room was clean, the bathroom had hot water, and the beds made up daily for as long as you were there? And that the breakfast food was fresh and your hot drink replenished and the hotel was in a perfect location?
When a person gives a poor rating to a hotel for any of these very minor considerations, I totally ignore these comments, and all else being equal, I feel free to choose that hotel. There is nothing wrong with a hotel being “basic.”
This leads me to my hotel recommendation. The Du Dauphin in is what I would call a “basic” hotel in Honfleur, Normandy, that I will gladly return to if I travel again to that very interesting city. The price is moderate, the hotel is clean and the building, a XVII century structure, is located in the heart of the city. In this hotel, the staff is indeed friendly, but to me, that’s a bonus, not an absolute necessity.
In June, 2013, My partner and I stayed in Honfleur, with its harbour, its arts emphasis, its fascinating architecture, its many restaurants serving seafood, its strong Norman heritage, after a tour of the DDay beaches (which I highly recommend) a morning at the Bayeux Tapestry, a visit in Caen of the tomb of William the Conqueror. Honfleur was our walkabout and unwinding town after this (all done with public transportation). At the DuDauphin, we had a standard double room and can agree most heartily with the hotel’s own description, “ ...More than a hotel...a house...a cosy place to be. Every day, we make home-made cakes and chocolate fondue.”
I think perhaps that “cosy” is another name for “basic,” with hopes that your home is as cosy and basic as the Du Dauphin in Honfleur.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Upon your arrival, so you do not lose a single address, 10 Place Pierre Berthelot Honfleur. Your name is registered in our records. Our receptionists greet you and guide you in our homes. Be good shoes, you go to the assault of cobblestones and floors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Dauphin Hotel