Based on TA reviews my girlfriend and I chose Hotel Reine Mathilde as our base for our four day side-trip to Normandy from Paris. We were extremely happy with our choice. Our reasonably-priced room was in the "new"annex (in fact a very old building newly refurbished) and was perfectly equipped for our needs. Staff were extremely helpful throughout our stay. For instance we had read on TA that it was basically impossible to arrange car-hire in Bayeux and that we would have to travel to Caen to do so. However the woman ( Daphne? -apologies if incorrect) at the front desk couldn't have been more helpful and arranged for us to hire a car -and an automatic at that (hard to hire in Europe)- from the Total gas station on the outskirts of town ( charming owner, highly recommend him, overcomes any language barriers with his magnificent gestures!).
The hotel isn't the George V but doesn't pretend to be. It's a friendly, welcoming, reasonably priced and spotlessly clean establishment and the perfect base for touring Normandy and the D-Day beaches in particular. Continental breakfast was basic but fine for us, nice strong coffee, juice and the bread and cheese was naturally delicious. Also a nice spot on the terrace for a refreshing evening glass of Norman cider before a stroll and dinner in a nearby restaurant or a lunchtime snack such as a simple, well made croque Monsieur sandwich ( mine was very tasty).
The location of this hotel can't be beaten as it is steps from the tapestry museum and a short stroll from the cathedral. It is 50 yards from Bayeux's charming Main Street and restaurants such as the outstanding La Rapiere. Parking is free in Bayeux after 7pm and very cheap during the day so no issue there for us.
I would definitely stay at the Hotel Reine Mathilde again when in the Bayeux area and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
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