Aminata is a friendly and very welcoming host at this small bed and breakfast.
La Boulangerie is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from Rouen train station, there is a Metro stop about 250m away but we did not use the Metro so cannot really comment. The route from the main train station is straight and in parts the pavement is narrow and there are cobblestone roads along the way – something to keep in mind if you are pulling heavy luggage.
The rooms are located up a steep narrow spiral staircase with a hand rail along one side. Aminata is obviously used to guests struggling to carry luggage up and down these stairs and was very quick to help.
Our room was located on the top floor and was airy, light and had dual aspect windows looking out onto two streets that run alongside the property. In one corner of the room there was a bath with shower over and a sink, this is tastefully partitioned from the rest of the room by thin voile curtains. The en suite toilet is in a separate room adjoining the bedroom. The room is decorated in light blue/greens and cream colours and contains a mix of new and antique furniture along with a flat screen television, tea & coffee tray and bottles of hand/bath soap.
The area the bed and breakfast is located in is quiet and residential, the quickest route to the city centre is to shortcut through the gardens (Jardin de l’Hotel-de-Ville) alongside the town hall which lead down to Monastery of Saint-Ouen (which for reference is closed to visitors on Fridays) this takes around 5 minutes and slowly slopes downhill, from there a further 5 minute walk will take you to Rouen Cathedral.
Breakfast was fresh and filling, strong coffee (or your choice of hot drink), orange juice, toasted and untoasted baguette along with a selection of preserves and croissants or pain au chocolat. The produce is clearly of excellent quality and is without doubt the best we've ever had touring France. It is served in the Boulangerie on the ground floor which seats up to six people.
The wall leading from the Boulangerie to the guests entrance/exit is filled with white tiles most of which have been decorated with pictures or messages of thanks by previous guests.