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“Amazing! Our absolute favorite hotel in France ever!”
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Villa Lara Hotel
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Bayeux
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 December 2013

Oh my where do I start.We spent a month this past October and early November traveling through Normandy and two weeks in Paris. We rented country homes,Paris apartments and stayed several nights in a luxury Paris hotel.None came close to our two night fantastic stay at the Villa Laura. Bed was divine. View simply spectacular. Service and staff just outstanding. We ordered from room service both nights for dinner and coffee in the morning before we headed out for the day. We decided that the view from our window and ordering room service after an exhausting day(s) of exploring the DD beaches and all Bayeux has to offer was just the best decision ever. My soak in the tub was sublime.Amazing complimentary beverages in the mini bar was just the best ever! Bathe robes,slippers,fantastic toiletries and towels,just first class. Down to the amazing alpaca blanket on our divine king size bed with the best pillows I have ever slept on. Do yourself a favor and book early to ensure yourself a room in this amazing hotel. The staff is so very kind and simply lovely. I will definitely return to charming Bayeux and always stay in the Villa Laura. It is a sublime experience.

Room Tip: Room with a tub is a must and a king size bed
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We stayed at the Villa Lara last week and it was the highlight of our European travel. We had driven from Brussels a day later than planned due to an illness. Villa Lara was so accommodating. They not only held our room but they did not charge us for the night that we had missed and they were fully booked. Our suite was absolutely beautiful and large enough to house our 17 year old son too. The breakfast was bountiful and the staff charming and very helpful. We enjoyed sitting by the fire and having an evening cocktail and shopping in the gift store. The proximity to the Cathedral, the Tapestry and the abundant shopping and dining options is simply perfect. The English speaking staff is a plus as well. We will look forward to another opportunity to visit this beautiful retreat!

Room Tip: Cannot imagine that there is a single room that would not be a great view in this hotel. It is perf...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We had a fantastic long weekend in Normandy. Having searched for quite a while, we were pleased to finally find and choose Villa Lara.

The location worked great for us, close to the sights and in walking range of plenty of the local restaurants. The rooms were nicely appointed (we were in a junior suite) and the bed big and comfy.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

The rooms, the food, the staff, the bar, the view- everything was truly first rate. Bayeux is centrally located for touring all the Normandy beaches and WW II historical sites. The room we had was a junior suite and was large even by Americans standards. Owner is lovely and quite helpful in securing reservations for dinner and making recommendations.
A wonderful experience. Can't wait to go back.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We recently stayed at Villa Lara Hotel and enjoyed it very much. We originally had a reservation at Hotel Churchill, but they closed for renovations and moved us next door to the Villa Lara. Luckily for us, both hotels have the same owner. Villa Lara is new and luxurious with a most comfy bed. But it is the view out of the huge picture window in our bedroom that is the reason to love this hotel so much. One has a perfect view of the magnificent Bayeux Cathedral. Also, the staff is very responsive and hospitable.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

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.

Room Tip: Don't miss breakfast before you leave for the day! Also our room had all the things one might ne...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

We recently stayed at the Villa Lara and it was lovely! The hotel staff was warm, professional and polite and the room we had was beautiful with a view of the cathedral. Our room was also large with every modern feature of a 5 star hotel anywhere in the world. There was complementary parking in the back of the hotel too. A full breakfast was served in the morning and it was everything you would want to load up on a cold November day for visiting the sites of Normandy. Though we only stayed one night, we wish we could have stayed more. We'll be back as soon as we can!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Lara Hotel

Address: 6 Place du Quebec, 14400, Bayeux, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Bayeux
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Bayeux
Price Range: £134 - £536 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Lara Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 28
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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