Like the title says, it does the job. It's a plaza across from the train station, so ideal for rail travellers. The room is clean but quite spartan in looks (which is fine by me!). Main thing is, the bed is firm but comfortable (and as a severe back sufferer, I am a bit "princess and the pea" type of bed-tester!). Big windows, letting in loads of light, spacious bathroom, can't say more or less than that, really! If you want a cosy, seductive, romantic getaway, then this is NOT the place. but if you want a good night sleep before moving on to wherever you're going, then it's just right.
Now for the negatives: Well, it's in Le Havre, which has to be one of the most charmless, soulless places I can imagine. Not the hotel's fault, of course!
The prices are horrendous. There are no decent eateries within walking distance, and the captive weary traveller who doesn't want to have to go into the town centre is kind of held to ransom there. We took one look at their menu and, looked at one another and in unison said: "No way".
That said, the staff are lovely and helpful, smiley, chatty, so all in all, if I ever had to come to Le Havre again (which hopefully won't happen!), I would have no qualms in lodging there again.
About places to eat: As you go out of the Novotel, if you look to your right across the small marina, there are renovated dock building which now house a small commercial centre, called, appropriately enough, "The Docks". If you look for the "Gaumont" sign at the further end of the building, you will find a small choice of eateries: pizza, tex-mex, grill, japanese (currently closed) and bakeries/sandwich places type of thing, some of which serve all day long, some close between lunch and dinner. Otherwise, the main strip across the station is all kebabs types of food shops, none of which look terribly appetising or salubrious!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Le Havre Centre Gare is a hotel close to the city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site, near the train station and the Vauban Docks. The hotel offers 134 modern spacious rooms, a restaurant serving modern cuisine and five conference rooms for your meetings and seminars. This hotel is well situated for a business trip or for holidays in Le Havre with your family. Guests also have access to two public car parks and a Wellness centre (Fitness, hammam, sauna, jacuzzi). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Le Havre
- Le Havre Novotel
- Accor Le Havre