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Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel
Ranked #4 of 52 Hotels in Rouen
Reviewed July 9, 2014

It is worth researching the route on Google street view before driving to this hotel,put in Rue des Arsins, once you find this its straight forward. The car park is a challenge, ensure you go to the right level either for large or small vehicles, mine is a VW Tiguan and was no problem, worth the 14€ per night. Reception staff were helpful. We didn't use any of the hotels facilities but they looked OK. Our room was on the third floor overlooking the hotel entrance. The a/c wasn't at all effective necessitating opening the windows. The noise at night was quite intrusive. The local vagrants seem to congregate in the cathedral graveyard close by and make the ocassional commotion, not the hotels fault but still a bit of a pain. Driving from the hotel towards Calais is quick and easy.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christophe P, Directeur général at Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

Dear Leigh O ,
We would like to thank you for this comment on Tripadvisor.
We hope to see you soon in our establishment.
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

The hotel is literally round the corner from the cathedral and is perfect for exploring Rouen. Our room was big with plenty of room for all of our luggage. However, the air conditioning barely worked, disappointing considering it was the hottest day (and therefore muggiest night!) of the year up to that point in France. The rooms are a bit 'tired' and grubby, particularly the bathrooms. One thing that struck us was the lack of decent lighting. Only one side of the bed had any controls for the lights which were themselves few and far between. The room was therefore rather gloomy and pokey, not helped by the view from the window of a rooftop and 3 walls of other buildings. The bar area is comfortable and the barman we met on our first night was incredibly helpful, telling us about the light and sound show at the cathedral (a must-see) and generally being friendly and chatty. The staff at breakfast were excellent too (as was the breakfast itself. Really impressive) but we found other staff to be rather officious and unwelcoming. The main problem with the hotel is finding it. The address given will not get you there using GPS. We spent an hour driving round and round Rouen with our sat-nav trying to send us down many one-way or blocked off streets. In the end, I rang the hotel and during a conversation with a rather rude receptionist we were given another address. She was less than helpful with explaining the parking which involves driving down a very steep slope into a very narrow garage. There are different sections for large and small cars but it's tricky to get round. However, the fact that there IS parking in the centre of the city is amazing! Not too pricey either. Overall, the hotel is reasonably priced considering its fantastic location and the breakfast on offer, and for that reason we would recommend it, but there are definitely some improvements to be made.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christophe P, Directeur général at Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

Dear Baggage16,
Thank you for this comment on Tripadvisor. We are sorry if you did not enjoy your stay and we take your remarks into account in order to improve our services.
We hope that we will be able to regain your confidence during a futur stay.
Best regards.
C.POMAREDE

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Reviewed July 8, 2014

When I first visited this hotel some years ago, it was a lowly 2 stars. It now makes claim to be a four star establishment. I am straining to understand how it reached that status. Ah! The smell of of mothballs when I get out of the elevator! I suspect that it's the tatty carpets that give it a strange aroma. Our room was at the far end of the corridor on the second floor in what appears to be a (connected) annex to the main building. Our room, on a corner overlooked the side of the cathedral. This is very quaint, and, from the outside, I can see that this part of the hotel is indeed, a half-timbered appearance. In the actual room of none of the windows can actually be opened. This is a problem, as, on the night we visited, it was a very warm evening, and the "air conditioner" did nothing more than lamely recirculate the air with its fan. A dividing panel in the centre of the room, split off the (large and v. comfortable) double bed, and a sofa. The centre panel housed a large tv which swiveled according to your preference: the bedroom, or the sofa. Housed below this was a mini bar fridge. I turned the fridge off as the condenser was only adding to the heat of the room. In an L-shaped configuration, the bedroom leads off from the living room area to a very gloomily lit bathroom. The shower arrangement is one of those slide up and down a pole jobs which one can never get quite right for a proper shower. OK, let's talk about THE biggest problem. It is the garage. it was obviously built in an era when cars were about 30cm narrower and 60cm shorter than many are today. In order to get it into AND out of the hotel's underground car park you will need: nerves of steel, and an ability to negotiate a space of less than a centimetre when turning corners within the spaces. If you own a 4x4 don't even THINK about bringing it into the car park! it'll never happen. Also, most satnav instructions practically give up trying to tell you how to get to the hotel. I would give this establishment a miss unless you are coming by train and hauling your own luggage. Also, be sure to get to the breakfast room well before their cutoff time of 10 am otherwise there'll be a Gallic shrug. If this SHOULD happen to you, turn left out of the hotel, walk up 10 metres to the intersection of Rue de Croix De Fer and on the opposite corner on the right is delightful little boulanger where they do the most fab croissantes and hot coffee. All for 4 Euros! Magnifique! I would be more inclined to grade this as a three star aspiring to BE a four star job.

Room Tip: Overlooking the cathedral, although all are quiet at night as it is a pedestrainised zone.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christophe P, Directeur général at Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

Dear Michael F,

Thank you very much for your comment on Tripadvisor. We are sorry if you did not enjoy your stay and we take your remarks into account in order to improve our services.
According the hotel access, we know it can be difficult and we are sorry about that.
We are completely dependent on the city council. We asked for more road sign but it seems impossible. So, the only solution we have found is to send a detailed map to guest or to guid you by phone until the hotel when you arrived in the city center.
We really apologize and please, be sure that we try to do our best to solve the problem.

For future guests, please, do not hesitate to indicate the "Rue des Arsins" on your Satnav to facilitate your arrival.

The staff and I wish you a very nice day.

Best regards.

C.POMAREDE

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Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Comfortable, good value hotel overlooking the Rouen cathedral. Lovely to hear the bells ringing each morning. Easy to walk from the Gare SNCF, but also has a parking garage right underneath. Lots of restaurants & shopping nearby so skip the expensive breakfast.

Stayed: June 2014
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Christophe P, Directeur général at Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2014

Dear Mattgabe,
We would like to thank you for this comment on Tripadvisor and we hope to see you soon in our estblishment.
Best regards.
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Driving to the hotel was easy until the last few metres! The car park is tight and you are charged but it's all convenient.
The room we had was on the 5th floor; room 505. It was small with no view but it was comfortable and clean.
The best thing about this hotel is its location. It's near the Cathedral, the famous "clock", the town hall the the restaurants toward it.
The staff were very helpful and the restaurant recommendation resulted in us having a very good meal at Deux Meme

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christophe P, Directeur général at Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2014

Dear AJ S,
We would like to thank you for this comment on Tripadvisor.
It is a pleasure to read that you had a good stay in the Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale.
We hope to see you soon in our establishment.
Best regards.
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

This hotel is in a great location, walking distance from the train station and so close to all the action of the city, but very quiet in the evenings. You cannot beat it for the price. The staff was friendly, the hotel had a nice lounge and the rooms were very large, for European hotels. We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: We opted for the upgraded room and got a corner suite for about $20 more per night . You could not...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christophe P, Directeur général at Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2014

Dear Sue M,
We thank you very much for this comment on Tripadvisor. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay and I will share your satisfaction with my staff as soon as possible.
We hope to see you again at the Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale.
Have a nice day.
Best regards.
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Additional Information about Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel

Address: 7 rue Croix de Fer, 76000, Rouen, France
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Location: France > Normandy > Haute-Normandie > Seine-Maritime > Rouen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Rouen
#3 Luxury Hotel in Rouen
#5 Family Hotel in Rouen
Price Range: $101 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right in the centre of Rouen, at the foot of one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France, the Mercure Rouen Centre is an ideal hotel for exploring the attractions of this medieval city including the Old Market Square and the Gros Horloge clock tower.The hotel features 125 soundproof, airconditioned rooms, including 4 suites, WiFi in all areas, bar, room service and meeting facilities. Ideal location, not far from the station, in the peaceful pedestrian area of Rouen. Private pay car park. ... more   less 
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