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“A Real Disappointment”
Review of Le Lion d'Or

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Le Lion d'Or
Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Bayeux
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 July 2014

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.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

It isn't the worst place and, in fact, looked like it was the class act in Bayeux. The staff are pleasant and welcoming, but the prices are way too high. Bayeux is a charming place and we enjoyed our stay. The hotel restaurant was fine, but, once again, way too expensive.

Apart from the stiff tariffs, the place is shabby and none too clean, sort of an example of faded glory. I guess I would stay there again if I ever found myself on a return trip to Bayeux, but I wouldn't be thrilled about it.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ready314
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

This was our 2nd time to Bayeux and our first hotel stay.We asked our travel agent for charming and cozy and we got that beyond our expectations.
The restaurant was beautiful,the hotel sitting rooms great for meeting and making new global acquaintances.
Viva la Difference!
Paula@paulamarks.com

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank TAHKA
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We recently stayed several nights at this lovely historical hotel in Bayeux...cozy and perfect for our needs. The staff was the most welcoming of any during my different hotel stays in France. They are gracious, polite, and truly value their clientele. The rooms are quiet and clean, and ours overlooked the lovely courtyard entrance. It felt like a home away from home from the start of our stay. The restaurant in the hotel was literally one of the best experiences of my life, and our dinner reflected great pride in French cuisine and expertise in culinary arts. I can't express enough how much we truly enjoyed our stay in the Lion d'Or. The lounge alone is a fantastic testament to Franco-American relations and cultural icons. I highly recommend this hotel, as we are definitely planning to stay again there in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nadja W
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This hotel is one that would be easy to pass by. I chose it from an internet site and based on what reviews I had read, sounded good. Eisenhower stayed there! Sounds like a winner to me. My significant other had just left Mont Saint Michel (after staying at the Abbye) so our standards and expectations were quite low. When we arrived the agent at the front desk was helpful and offered suggestions for dinner - at the hotel. We like to explore a town, so we opted for a local restaurant, that was delicious. But the agent at the front desk did suggest a tour of the Normandy beaches, of which he called and got us reservations. It was the best tour that you could ever experience. Anyway, our room was at the top of the stairs and was quite nice compared to the room we had at Mont Ste Michel. So, we were thrilled by a spacious bathroom and a comfortable bed. It is about the experience and we never expect that a European hotel will be like in the US. But, we still enjoyed the stay and the experience of being in Bayeux, France.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sherry W
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Lovely old building with tons of WW II memorabilia. Room was in a building attached to the hotel. Bit too modern to fit in with old style hotel. Pricey for what it was. No toilet paper in the room, Q Tips from previous guest left on the window ledge! Fan didn't work in the room and they never replaced it, borrowed one from our family's other room. Bed was super comfortable! Don't bother with breakfast, too pricey for what it was, go to a cafe next door for the same thing at half the price and twice the atmosphere. Great location tho'!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

The staff was super helpful and friendly. The room was clean and very adequate with decent WiFi. When we checked in they asked if we wanted to eat dinner in the restaurant. We made a reservation and are so glad we did. The food was some of the best tasting and beautifully presented we had in France. The food was a bit pricey but still reasonable. Parking is covered and only 9 Euro for per night. The hotel is easy to find and located close to the cathedral and the tapestry museum. It is close to a little street that has lovely vendors and wonderful Patisserie shops. We came in the middle of June and they still had their flags and decorations up from their D-Day celebration that happened on June 6. I can't say enough good things about this hotel, if you are in Bayeux I highly recommend!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank 64familyfun
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Additional Information about Le Lion d'Or

Address: 71 rue Saint Jean, 14400, Bayeux, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Bayeux
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Bayeux
Price Range: £59 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Lion d'Or 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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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