I turned up at this Hotel in the middle of the night (about 12pm) having taken the last train from Paris to Bayeux. I was there to do a D-Day tour with Normandie D-Day Tours (see separate review) and Guillaume of that company recommended that I stay there.
I was exhausted when I finally got into my room and I was in for a magnificent surprise. The room kept going and going. There was a big bedroom and a big lounge/TV room and a massive bathroom - featuring a shower that is big enough for two, three or ten (if that is your thing). I found out on check out when I asked whether all the rooms were the same that I had booked the Junior Suite - and I recommend fellow travellers do the same.
The bed was very soft and the pillows were so good that I didn't even take the pillow I had brought from home out of my bag.
My tour was due to start with a 9am pickup the next day and I slept so well I only woke up at 845am. Cutting it close but I was sure it would be ok the following day. It wasn't and I did it again!
I didn't try the restaurant - sadly going to the dodgy pizza place nearby instead - but I am sure it is in keeping with the rest of the Hotel and is a beauty.
The staff were extremely courteous and helpful and I can't wait to go back there again.
It is without doubt the best regional hotel I have ever stayed at (anywhere) and it also puts some of the big city "luxury" hotels to shame.
PS. When I booked in the staff member showing me to my room said that the minibar was free. I was sure that he was making a mistake because of language differences but when I checked out I said that I had a bottle of water and, indeed, they said it was part of the room price. I have never seen that at any hotel before as they usually gouge you massively when you have had the courage to take a chocolate or drink from the area of temptation they put in your room. If you go there you had better check because I am not sure if it applies to all rooms but it was a very welcome surprise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Lara is a small privately owned luxury boutique hotel with a chic but casual atmosphere in the historic center of Bayeux, along the Aure River in a very quiet square facing the 11th century majestic cathedral and just next door to the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Our 28 rooms are appointed in an elegant French style with 8 different color schemes. All the furniture is made by Moissonnier, a well-known French company founded in 1885. Its cabinetmaking skills have been passed down generations, bringing the past to life with light touches, suggesting without imposing, breathing new life into traditions to make the present feel magical again, and creating jewelry for the hotel while cultivating an offbeat style-such is the spirit of Moissonnier today. All the rooms are accessible by lift and equipped with air conditioning, a minibar, large flat-screen TV and safe. The marbled bathrooms have a walk-in shower and also a separate bathtub in most of the rooms. The rooms range from 30 to 50 square meters with a view on the Bayeux Cathedral. Beds are minimum 1.80 x 2 meters and in most of the rooms can be up to 2 x 2 meters. Wireless high speed internet access is free throughout the hotel, which features a cozy bar/lounge area with a fireplace and a library, a marbled lobby, and a breakfast room set in a traditional French style where the breakfast is prepared and served in front of the guest. Our complimentary fitness center is available 24/7 and equipment includes a treadmill, bicycle, and strength training machines. A private carpark is available with 15 spots and a drop-off space for buses. Although we meet the official government criteria of a 5-star property, we do not have a restaurant, a spa, and a formal bellman at the front door. We do not want to mislead our future guests who attribute these specific amenities to their image of a 5-star property, although we do of course provide porterage and turn down. And, as always, our commitment to 5-star service is at the forefront of our day-to-day operations. ... more less
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