I'm cheap and wanted to stay in The Detective or the Salamandre, both look really cool. Wife loves the ocean views and I (stupidly?) asked her which of the 3 she preferred. So we booked two nights on a seaview balcony for 412eur, ouch!
Arrived around 1400h on a Friday afternoon in July. First note - there's not much parking in Etretat! Hotel has a little 15min loading area just outside which was empty for us, good thing, too. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful; I did all the check-in in French, then my wife arrived with a bag and the receptionist whipped out some perfect English - like good enough English I suspect it was her first language! That was good to know. Anyway, she also hooked me up with a good map & areas to hunt for a free parking space. After two laps of the town (no fun in a giant Honda Odyssey with tourists wandering blindly in the street taking pictures and shopping and trying hard to get run over) I scored a free spot! Pay parking was only good for 5 hours, and there were parking inspectors everywhere.
Back to the hotel - our room was AWESOME! Big balcony, room for 2-3 chairs out there. Views of both arches. Big 4-poster bed with those white netting things draped all over it. giant jacuzzi tub (which was really loud). Comfortable pull-out couch for junior.
I have to admit, I immensely enjoyed watching the last hour of the Tour de France in the room, sipping a glass of wine and glancing out the window at the arch from time to time; very cool.
Breakfast was a minimal continental, nothing special to say, huge cup of coffee.
Check-out was easy at the desk, not so easy with the car; had to double-park for the upload, as all the spaces in the 15 min zone were occupied, and for a lot longer than 15 min!
If you go, try for room 14; according to the fire escape blueprints, it's the biggest room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hôtel de 17 chambres dont 11 ont une vue sur mer et les falaises d'Etretat, situé au milieu de la baie, à proximité du Casino. vous bénéficierez d'une vue exceptionnelle sur la falaise d'aval et sa célèbre aiguille ainsi que sur la falaise d'amont et sa chapelle des marins. ... more less