La Residence is an attractive half-timbered building with parts of the ground and first floors dating back to the 13th century. There is no proper hotel reception, communal area or lift. It is conveniently located only 50M from the sea in a street/area dominated by places to eat, inside and outside. We booked the family room (27), which was spacious and more like a studio flat than a hotel room. It had plenty of places to sit and two tables plus an outside area to sit in on a roof terrace. The terrace certainly wouldn’t be safe for young children though,as there were some very low parapets.
The room was reasonably decorated and comfortable ( especially the beds) . On the downside the bathroom (just a shower and no bath) was tiny. There were only 3 coathangers in the wardrobe, we eventually managed to get a few more. Was noisy outside at times at night sometimes, especially when the bottle skips were emptied at 4 am.
As other reviewers have mentioned the modest French breakfast seemed overpriced at £8 each, so we gave that a miss. We did not eat in the restaurant at all in fact as it was rather expensive . Typical menu price was around £25 and drinks prices were very high ( £8.50 for a large beer; £20 for a bottle of house wine; £4 for a coffee etc ) . This was a general problem in Etretat ( and in most French resorts) although some of the eating places/bars were a bit more reasonable.. On the other hand it is a nice , well-kept, pretty, smaller, relaxing holiday town with a half mile long promenade, pebble beach and spectacular cliffs. . Almost no night life, just a small casino.
The hotel has no parking and parking can be a problem in the town, especially at weekends. The nearest car park is at the end of the street by the beach, but it is very small and charges from 09.00 to 19.00 every day. We would recommend parking outside the tourist office/Mairie, which only charges for afternoons and weekends. This is usually full but if you hang round for a few minutes a space often becomes available. There is cheaper/free parking further out of town.
Overall a very pleasant, relaxing seaside town to visit with plenty of choice of restaurants. Just check the food and drink prices before ordering if you are on any sort of budget.
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Hotel Etretat