Let's get down to basics. Evreux is a small town an hour by train outside Paris, deep in Normandie. The cathedral is possibly the best in Europe. Bars and cafes are superb. The Mata Hari restaurant is worth the trip alone.
The Grand Hotel de la Gare was once a little ragged, but they have refurbished it and now it's OK. You need to understand the French and then you will be fine. This is a hotel for people arriving by train. If you have a car you have more choice. My room was clean, the bedding clean, the bathroom clean. Breakfast was meager but excellent coffee from the cafe which is frequented by locals and very pleasant. The bar downstairs is also frequented by locals and their dogs. A wonderful place if you are prepared to absorb the ambiance of a small town French bar cafe. The receptionist also serves in the cafe, but is the epitome of French charm and politeness. My conversation with her was like a free french lesson.
Of course you pay up front. There is no checkout! My room was serviced on day 1. All towels changed etc.
This is real France. Take it or leave it. Price was 125 euro for two nights; about right.
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