...........whilst the fella who checked us in was pleasant enough and very happy to advise us, our stay was spoiled by the somewhat curt attitude of a certain staff member who was quick to announce ( without being asked) that we had arrived too late to order any food (at 20.45), and when we pointed out that we had been on the road all day and were very hungry, she suggested, whilst looking at her watch, that we might try the local town for something to eat - if we hurried. Just a few minutes later, after quickly dropping off our baggage, we hit the town, only to find that, at 20.50 on a Saturday evening, the place was literally deserted, and looking rather eerie in the evening light,( it seemed more like 5 o' clock on a summer Sunday morning.... ) and at the two establishments that we did find with customers inside, owners actually turned the cardboard signs on strings at the door to read "FERMÉ" when they saw us approach! It was like a scene out of some old Hammer movie, when the werewolf is on the loose! We returned to the hotel and inquired if there was somewhere nearby where we might be able to buy even a sandwich, perhaps a local shop or petrol station? Surprisingly,the hotel didn't offer to make any refreshments available at this point, (despite their brochures stating that "a cold plate" could be made available for guests after 9.00 pm) and the staff member went on to suggest we try the nearest 'Mac Do Naldz'. After some probing, we were informed that it was some 25 km away! So, with no other alternative, we had to drive 25km to Isigny-sur-mer. After the most expensive Maccy D of all time (€12 for 12 chicken nuggets - honestly!), we returned to the hotel and bought two similarly very expensive 50 cl beers, costing a whopping €12.50. To add insult to injury, we were very soon afterwards instructed to move outside the bar area and quickly finish our drinks as they were clearing up (at 22. 45) and would shortly be pulling down the shutter at the bar entrance. We had only seconds before blown the froth off the flippin' beers! The young lady who had ushered us out, very soon afterwards hopped in to a waiting car as we finished our drinks standing at the hotel entrance, and was whisked away into the evening by a young man, obviously a very close friend.
All in all, a very painful experience, at least wallet wise. Not at all very welcoming and a very poor example of that legendary French hospitality. Not good value, certainly not good service and ... at best, just about average accommodation. Very, very over priced for what it was. But we won't let it cloud what was an otherwise very pleasant trip through France. All the other hotels we stayed at prior to this rather disappointing experience at Logis St Mere Eglise were very good value and very comfortable. St Mere Eglise was the unwitting backdrop for one of the most historic events in the entire history of mankind. These days, it is a very sleepy backwater, with very overpriced souvenirs and tourist traps. Which is a great pity. As for catering for tourists...? Pffft! See the sites and jog on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 41 pleasant and comfortable bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, direct telephone and TV, as well as our Restaurant for 60 guests with hors d'oeuvres and sweets buffet welcome you. And after dinner you can have a drink in our American bar or play a game of billiards. ... more less
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