We were on our way back to Calais after a holiday down south and took a detour to Lisieux as we had been here the previous year and stayed at the Ibis. However, after a long and gruelling drive of about 10 hours we were in the mood for a bit of luxury so arrived late about 9.30 p.m. Reception was welcoming and the room was comfortable, a good size and very clean. Also having tea and coffee and bottled water in the room is a plus. Good value for money at about 100 euros for the night. Parking is safe and well lit. We sat in the bar and enjoyed cool drinks as it was a very hot night and at midnight retired to our room and enjoyed a bit of English TV (3 channels!) to unwind. As we arrived too late to eat at the restaurant which closes at 10.00 p.m. we just made do with the drinks before sleep. Lisieux is a great town but the nightlife is sparse and it is best enjoyed during the day as the town is very "buzzy" at lunchtime and there are lots of things to see.
Breakfast was excellent. Bacon and eggs are very rare in France and were enjoyed and there was lots of choice, fresh fruit, yogurt and even pancakes with maple syrup! They are obviously used to dealing with large coach parties from various countries, i.e. USA and on that morning there was a large Japanese party. Some of the items were in need of replenishment but I asked in my best French and they were immediately refilled.
On the whole Mercure is an excellent chain and we would definitely book again if in the area.
The zoo (Cerza) nearby is well worth a visit as the staff there are exemplary. By the way if you want to start the day with a kick, slip a coffee pod in the Nespresso machine and it will really wake you up!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 star hotel entirely renovated, 69 rooms, in the outskirts of Lisieux near Saint Thérèse of Lisieux basilica. Located in the heart of the Auge region, 20 kms from the Channel beaches. The hotel provides a bar and a restaurant with regional cuisine. Youwill enjoy our terrace and swimming pool on sunny and hot days. 4 meeting rooms (100 delegates). Easy access for disabled people. Closed and private outdoor car park. ... more less
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