This hotel is in a great location about a block from the Vieux Bassin in Honfleur. It is close to the city center, with restaurants and shopping nearby. Be sure to ask for a map of town when you check in. I got mine when I checked out, and it would have been useful.
The hotel staff was friendly, welcoming, and helpful, and most spoke at least some English. The decor is modern and bright colors--the lobby sort of looks like a play room. The rooms were comfortable but minimalist. My traveling companion called them "austere." The hall lights go on when the elevator (tiny!) opens or when someone opens a room door. The stairwell lights function in a similar fashion.
The beds were good and had adjustable reading lamps. Good pillows and duvets. The flat screen TV had a few channels in English--CNN International, BBC (poor reception), and CNBC. Maybe one of the sports channels, too. Rooms were relatively small and basic, but you probably aren't going to spend much time in the room anyway. They had all the necessities but not much else. Our room had a "hanging space" but no closet and no dresser. The lone night stand was just a shelf. We had a "twin" room, which means 2 single beds. There was no nightstand on the other side, but there was a small table that could be moved close enough to use. The bathroom had a toilet, sink, and tub with a shower. The problem was that the yellow acrylic shield for the shower didn't come out far enough to keep water from getting all over the floor. The hotel supplied 1 tiny bar of soap and 2 "shot glasses" of soap/shampoo.
As in many French hotels, you had to put your key card in a slot for the lights and TV to work. We only had 1 key, so if 1 of us left, the other either had to get up to open the door or stay in the dark if the other took the key.
The continental breakfast was good. It even offered an electric juicer so you could squeeze your own orange juice. You serve yourself. There was a selection of French bread, croissants, and sweet rolls, as well as sliced ham and Swiss cheese, yogurt, apples and oranges, and cereal. As did other hotels we stayed in, this one had a coffee machine where you push the button for your choice--espresso, cafe au lait, etc. Good coffee. Newspapers were available in English, French, and German for breakfast patrons. The breakfast room doubled as a bar, although not really one that people spent a lot of time in. The desk clerk also was the bartender. The makings for hot tea were available in the lobby--with a hot water pot and a big bottle of Evian.
Parking was the big issue--a problem city-wide. This hotel probably had better parking options than most others, unless they have their own lots, which a couple do. I wish I had known what to expect, although I knew it was going to be a problem. We could park in the street immediately in front of the hotel, in paid street parking. You have to look around for the horodateur machine, which is how you pay to park, put in your 1 or 2 Euro or Euro cent coins, press the green button to get your ticket, and then put the ticket on the dashboard in your car window where the city's parking police can see the date and time your payment expires. It costs up to 8 Euros a day to park on the street, but you must have coins. It does not give change, but you will get extra time if you pay more than is called for. From 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. street parking is free. One night we came back to find that the police had blocked off that part of the street for a Wednesday night market. They also do that on Saturdays, although there were signs about that. We had to go to the privately owned big lot across the street. That costs up to 12 Euros a day, but you can pay with a credit card. You get a ticket when you enter. Instead of paying when you arrive, you pay when you leave by going to a similar type of horodateur machine, putting in your ticket and your credit card (or Euros). It will then mark your ticket paid and give it back to you. As you exit, you put your ticket into another machine to get out of the gate. This lot was full a couple of times we were there. But we didn't face the problem of getting blocked by the laundry truck in that lot either, as we did when we used the street parking.
This hotel is just fine. It is clean and comfortable, with all the basics, but it's not luxurious. Not for people who want to be pampered--there aren't a lot of frills. It does have air conditioning, although we didn't need it, given the unusually cool temperatures in August 2011. The hotel has a 3 star rating. The staff were very helpful and pleasant. I would stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- All Seasons Honfleur Hotel Honfleur
- De La Tour Honfleur
- De La Tour Hotel