Quick summary: a very spacious room almost devoid of furniture. Internet issues. No elevator. Room keys at desk often left unattended. The hotel has potential, but probably needs new management. Central location to many Bayeux attractions and restaurants, and close to Normandy beaches.
We stayed 4 nights in Room 20, a the top of the stairs. Two twin beds pushed together to form a king, reasonably comfortable but not exceptional. The view is over the enclosed courtyard.
There is no elevator in the hotel, which is okay by us, but FYI.
A basic problem is that in this spacious room, there is almost to place to store your clothes and other stuff. There is some hanging closet space, but of the 3 shelves in the closet, 2 have safes that do not work. You read that right -- the desk clerk said that they are broken because "customers break them. None of the safes in the guest rooms work." So why not take them out and give guests some storage space?
Other than a table that functions as a small desk and a desk chair, there is no other furniture in the room other than small platforms by the bed as night tables -- no drawers. Okay, we'll work out of our suitcases, but we need another luggage stand. 'Sorry -- only one luggage stand per room, and the hotel is full, so no extra luggage stands. We felt like we were crashing in a dorm room.
Spacious bathroom with the toilet in a separate little closet -- on the other side of the room. Thin towels. The only toiletry was a bottle of shampoo/shower gel set about 4 feet up from the combination bathtub/shower. Problem: round-bottom narrow tub, and there is no "hook" on which to affix the shower -- anyone using the tub would have to stand up in a round-bottom tub to get some soap. I asked for packets of soap/shampoo to avoid slipping when getting up and down.
Free wifi works well when it works. However, we kept getting messages that we "used up" our internet, could not accommodate more than one device, and had to renew it -- sometimes given a room number that still did not work. We travel extensively, and know when this is a basically poor IT set-up.
Housekeeping was excellent.
A real security issue: guests are required (as is custom many places) to leave the room key. However, they are in a very open location, and I came by many times when no one was near the desk. I could have easily taken another room key.
Breakfast sounded good, but it ends at 9:30. Since we often slept in until 9 or later, and don't like coming in at the last minute, we ate elsewhere.
Parking fiasco: we can deal with tight spaces. We reserved a space. However, the hotel does not keep track of car registrations and allows restaurant guests to also park in the crowded lot. This means that cars are often blocked in, and you might not have a space available that you reserved.
We came back one night near 10, only to find "our" labeled space taken by another car. We asked that they contact that guest to have them move it. Since they do not collect registrations, they could not do this. The young man from mgt said that "Someone told us that you had already parked your car." I asked "Who -- which car did they think we had?" No answer, except "the black car."
There was only a half-space available. It was obvious that we would box someone in in the morning, and did not want to have to get up early to move the car. The young man insisted that the car could get out, when anyone could see that they could not. We asked if they would like our registration to keep track of the car -- no, they insisted that they did not. We got tired of the lame excuses. I hate to think of the situation if an emergency vehicle (fire truck?) needed to get in.
The restaurant gets good reviews, but by that time we were too ticked off with the whole situation that we dined elsewhere.
The lounge has may photos of celebs who have stayed in the past and seemed to have liked it. I'll bet there was at least more furniture in the rooms at the time.
The place just generally feels like it was once a good place to stay, but the management is cutting corners, e.g. here weren't even note pads or pen by the phone, cheap towels, etc.
I would not stay here again unless I heard that there was new management that made significant improvements. This was a real disappointment since we generally really enjoy historic hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a peaceful setting, this former 18th-c coaching inn brings out best in comfort : 31 rooms shaded by blinds.Cosy and modern, with ochre hues, deep club chairs, Contemporary terrace furniture.Private parking, closed at night ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Lion d`Or Hotel Bayeux
- Le Lion d Or Bayeux