Having travelled briefly to Deauville last year we wanted to stay nearby for a few days this time. I was told that Honfleur was nice and came across this hotel using a popular search engine. In advance we booked the Louis XV suite for the 4 of us. Got a decent deal directly with the hotel - Carole very helpful indeed.
After a 2h 30min drive from the tunnel we arrived. The two buildings arent actually old and are new but made to look a little old. The main hotel building, with reception, lounge, restaurant, rooms and the other building with the spa / pool and more rooms. Distance between each building was about a 20 second walk! We arrived to be greeting by Annabel who was very helpful indeed, explaining everything about the hotel. The only confusion was all the information about keys, security, daily code for the door, spa keys etc. I defy anyone to understand all this first off! It wasnt a problem though as we soon learned. There was no porter to take our bags but i'm a strong lad to parked the car near to the spa building as that was where our room was - and what a result.
Room was brilliant with an almost sea view and Le Havre lurking in the background - who cares when a room is this nice? Main double bed was massive - king i think. Very very confortable. We also received a complimentary bottle of the local cidar and some delicious French cakes - thank you!
The toilet was seperate and dull as is usual for France, but this was as minor point.
The children (age 4 and 6) had their own room - and both rooms had a flat screen with dvd player. You could borrow DVDs for free, and we brought a load of our own. The players also had a USB socket so if you had a USB memory key with downloaded movies on then these could be played too - ticking all my gadget boxes! Carol lent us Ratatouille and helped with lots of things - she was most helpful.
Bathroom could have managed a bigger bath as room was big enough but there were LOADS of toiletries, and 4 robes! Tons of towels too.
When we wanted to use the spa we had to go back across to the other buulding, get keys for the lockers and come back again. Told you it was silly. Anyway, this wasnt an issue. The spa was very very new and the lockers contained more free robes and towels. As our room was just above the pool not only were our nights very quiet, it took about 10 seconds to get to the pool area from the room so we could just pp downstairs in our robes - and change into more robes if we so desired. Treatments can be booked in advance, as can the Turkish bath and sauna, but we didnt bother. The kids played in the pool for HOURS with the wife and I relaxing on the poolside beds. It's hot in there so make sure you're not fully clothed!
The breakfast was nice and with lots of choice. It wasnt anything amazing but satisfactory if you chose to have it in the hotel. There is no room service either. For your evening meal you have to book the restaurant before you arrive or else you will not get in! We didnt get a chance to eat there but we heard very good things about the food there.
All in all we had such a good time there and would recommend for all. You obviously need a car and Honfleur is BEAUTIFUL but dont go to Ginos Pizzeria - ever. All the other places we tried were really good. People so friendly and made a fuss of the children.
We will be back.
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- Also Known As:
- Manoir De La Poterie Cricqueboeuf
- Hotel Le Manoir De La Poterie & Spa Cricqueboeuf, Honfleur