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“Excellent in many respects, cuisine needs looking at”
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Hotel Dormy House
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Etretat
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Without doubt, the most spectacular view in Etratat. Service levels and friendliness of staff, commendable. Facilities, rooms, cleanliness, no complaints. However, the elegant restaurant with a view on the coastline to die for, did not live up to my expectations. For the capital outlay, the food was slightly under par. We had a seafood plate where the crustaceans were, to say the least, a bit on the watery and tasteless side. Our main courses again comprised of fish and could have been enhanced by freshness and a little creativity on the presentation.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Pros:
Excellent location with view overlooking Etretat and its cliffs
Easy access to the town
Free parking
Cons:
The facility has seen better days,bedroom is small,bathroom exiguous,toilet an afterthought.
The restaurant has the view but little else to recommend.Staff is on edge and impersonal,food is bland and overpriced.For instance the seafood platter included shrimps that were soggy and disintegrating.
The low point is the wifi that is supposed to work in the rooms but actually does not,an infuriating experience.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

This hotel has a great location with beautiful views over Etretat and the ocean. All rooms have ocean views and are relatively large, although with pretty basic decor. The restaurant also provides great views but the food and service are poor. I would stay at this hotel again but dine somewhere in the town instead.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Monet's famous Impressionist paintings brought us to Etretat, and this was obviously the hotel to stay at. Sited above the town, it is perfectly situated with wonderful views. In fact the hotel consists of three separate buildings which look as if they were constructed at different times. We were in one of the newer ones, whilst the main dining room was in the original building. A separate dining room, in our building, was used for breakfast. We were slightly disappointed not to have our own balcony but nevertheless from our bedroom window we had the same view as the rooms with balconies. The room itself was very clean and comfortable although not enormous. Round the back there was a big lawn with deck-chairs.

We only stayed one night and can recommend dinner in the hotel. The standard was high, with several different menu options. Service was very efficient although neither myself or my wife could understand a single word from our waitress, and unlike others on our week's tour of Normandy, she made no effort to break into English to help us out. As for breakfast, that was fine, with plenty to choose from the buffet. If it had been warmer we could have eaten it on the terrace in front.

However, the highlight of the stay was the walk on the cliffs. I recommend that in the afternoon you ascend the west cliff and go as far as the second headland. You will see the two arches that Monet painted, and also the afternoon sun on the town, the beach and the east cliff. The following morning we ascended the east cliff and saw the morning sun on the west cliff. I hasten to add that we were very lucky with the sunshine!

Room Tip: Demand a room with a view, otherwise there is not much point in staying here!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

We paid extra to get a room with an ocean view in the main building and it was well worth it. The room was enormous, with beautiful furnishings, a gigantic bathroom, and a balcony looking out to sea, Breakfast was outstanding: lots of choices in a comfortable setting with, yes, another nice view. If you stay, I also recommend dining at the hotel. It's expensive, but the food is great and the sunset view is unbelievable. There's also a lovely terrace with bar, live music, and, yes, the same great view. Just one complaint: we were traveling without a computer and so could not use the wifi in the room. We were pointed to a public computer with a painfully slow and erratic dial-up connection on a landing, for which we were charged 2 euros for 15 minutes. Horrible!

Room Tip: It's worth paying more for a room with a view.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

we were really upset that we did not stay here but we were still lucky since we had a very rich breakfast. Everybody speaks English and they smile:-)

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Absolutely stunning view from panoramic room,features are basic but confortable enough,the direct access to the cliff and beach is heavenly night and day.Breakfast is fine and fresh just avoid absolutely dreadful food whats more dinning room except from the view feels stuffy.The golf is great a sure value in Etretat.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Dormy House

Address: 2 route du Havre | Bp2, 76790 Etretat, France
Location: France > Normandy > Haute-Normandie > Seine-Maritime > Etretat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Etretat
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Etretat
Price Range: $144 - $176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Dormy House 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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