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“Charming and simple”
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Hotel Bristol
Ranked #8 of 41 Hotels in Caen
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Charming and simple”
Reviewed 7 October 2012

Sufficient hotel, pretty quaint and on the older side. The staff was nice and spoke English. If you rent a car you can put it in their garage there for 10 Euro a day. They offer breakfast for an additional fee, we didn't try it as there is a grocery store right behind the hotel and other places to eat at. The room was a bit on the small side but did the job, it was clean, offered free wi fi and the hotel itself was within walking distance to various historical spots in Caen. Beautiful city worth seeing, and I would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank k_wood10
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Brisbane
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2011

Ideally situated in a quiet location, within walking distance of everything. Room comfortable (toilet very small- but not a major problem, bathroom and room both spacious). Staff friendly and helpful (despite our lack of French). Train for a day trip to Bayeux was very easy and well worth it! Plenty to see in Caen too. Normandy beaches tour organised through the Museum of Peace was informative and interesting. Thoroughly recommend this hotel as a good base for a few days to discover this region.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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4 Thank Barb F
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Southampton
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2010

We found the hotel very clean and the staff were great ,very helpful and knowledgeable of the area and the best resturants to visit. We were in a room overlooking the street but had no problems with noise it was very quiet . The rooms are a little small but perfectly formed , very good value for money ,my huband and I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank friscos
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Arlington, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2010

Yuck! I found this place thinking I had found a great deal in a quiet location. It resembled a motel 6 and worse I had a bad nights sleep-which is difficult for someone who normally sleeps like a rock! The rooms was very hot so I had to open the window then I could hear all the loud talking going on at the bar across the street and later as the night progressed, there was yelling going on-like a couple was fighting. To top it off I could see the neon sign light in my room. When I mentioned that I had a bad nights rest the woman at the front desk in the a.m. said "no complaining to me" hurry to get your taxi. I was very tempted to ask for some money back. The bed was bad, I did not want to touch the comforter. There are so many other opinions in Caen that are better, if you want a good nights sleep do your research and look for another place!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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4 Thank Chaska16
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essex
1 review
Reviewed 8 July 2010

Went to this hotel for a few nights with 4 other bikers it is ideal for a base for normandy all the staff are helpful and speak good english the rooms are clean and bed are made up evey day i dont see why this hotel is getting and bad review what do you expect for a 2 star in england this hotel would be rated at a 3 star Also this is a biker friendly hotel and have garages to store bikes

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank tallbloke80
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Red Deer, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2009

Like another reviewer has said, I'm not sure why this hotel has such great reviews. It was clean and comfortable enough, and definately cheap enough at 50 euros per night, but other than that, there isn't much going for it. Like the review below, we found the room to be very small, with very little room to move around, especially in the bathroom. I also had trouble with the shower because there was no room to move around without knocking your elbow into something or the water control, which resulted in the shower changing temperature crazily as you try to rinse soap out of your eyes to see what you are doing to adjust it again! When we made our booking, the hotel owner confirmed a fixed rate for the two nights, but then when we checked in, the staff told us the special was only for one night and the second night we'd have to pay the full rate. We made her go through our email history with the owner, and finally she said ok, it's a mistake but we are honouring 50 euros per night for the two nights. Then when we checked out, another staff member made us go thorugh the same hassle, thinking we needed to pay more for the second night! It would be nice if they could get their booking system straightend out.
The free wi-fi was high speed, but they severely restrict what you can do, making it virtually useless for us because my husband needed to connect back to Canada for some work stuff and couldn't. We ended up at the nearby holiday Inn, which actually has a great restaurant and good wi-fi.
The location of the hotel is ok, but a bit questionable at night. Especially the walk to the train station, that was not fun at night when we went to return the rental car. We were lucky that there wasn't anything going on at the bar across the street so it was quiet for us at night.
Overall, it was an ok place to spend a couple nights, but it needs a bit of tweaking.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Scar604
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London
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2009

Other reviews have summed it well. Although the hotel has had a renovation there was still a smell of sweat in the small room. Bathroom area very small, soap and other bits like shampoo sachets etc were not replaced every day. It was a very warm room and opening the window let in the fresh air but also the noise - awoken the first night by loud & drunken clubbers. The staff were a mixture of helpful and friendly or cool and snidey (the owner). I had breakfast once - it was good - but expensive at 8 euros. The supermarkets and the little boulangerie nearby served me very well and much more cheaply.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Thank Magicbus100
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Property: Hotel Bristol
Address: 31 rue du 11 Novembre, 14000 Caen, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Caen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Caen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bristol 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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