I can highly recommend this small hotel. It is located in the center of Bayeux, France and is it so convenient to walk to everything from the hotel. It is situated in a lovely street along the River Aure. This is truly a remarkable hotel within this historic city of Bayeux. Villa Lara is close to wonderful restaurants all over the historic center and the hotel staff is quick to stir one in the right direction and reservations if needed.
The owner and her staff have understood that they have a unique opportunity to greet and care for those who come to Normandy to visit the historic sights of D-Day and World War Two. We traveled from Indiana with a WWII D-day veteran and his wife who led us on a pilgrimage of his tour of duty, the place he was wounded and captured by the Nazis and more. Coming “home” each evening to the Hotel Villa Lara made the mind-boggling tour a healing balm for resting hurting hearts and weary feet. The comfort of the rooms created a restful solace before gathering with companions in the hotel bar for an evening cocktail and then a walk to dinner.
This medieval city is the home of William the Conquer. The magnificent Cathedral’s towers are a joy to see from our room especially at night. We were there in August and the Cathedral was aglow with wonderful colors from a light show. This is truly an ancient settlement. The Cathedral has recorded its first pastor was established in the year 440. The city of Bayeux boasts an ancient artifact from William’s time. It is a 230 foot tapestry is thought to be made in England in the year 1070. One can see a tapestry from commemorating events leading to the Norman conquest of England which is housed within walking distance from The Villa Lara.
If you are lucky enough to be in Normandy and need a lovely place to call home, I hope you are fortunate enough to find a room in the Hotel Villa Lara.
- 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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