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Hotel Barriere Le Westminster
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Paris
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22 reviews
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“Best in town, but can be very average”
Reviewed 28 August 2010

Le Touquet has a lot to offer and is no longer a "resort" in the modern sense of the word.

The Westminster is its only 4 star hotel. An impressive building, with a history and spectacular public areas , it can be faulted in two areas .

1. The high price in season at €200 -€400 per room.

2. The hotel has implemented a complex "rating"/pricing of its rooms . Basically a standard double room has not been refurbished - so while a good size you will have to accept a 60s bathroom.

If you are assigned a "bad" room eg ground floor then simply ask to change - it works

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

This is a classic hotel that has its own charm and elegance, but don't expect the rooms or service to be up to 4 star standard. The rooms feel bare and are 3 star quality. The staff are nice enough, but don't pay much attention to you. I always stay here when visiting Touquet, you just have to adjust your expectations.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2010

As regular visitors to France we always wanted to check out the Westminster, it is difficult to relay how disappointed we were. As seasoned travellers my wife (who is French) phoned the hotel prior to our visit to ensure the room was of a decent quality. That was the first poor experience, the staff member who answered the call was most rude that we should even consider that their rooms were not all excellent and extremely well decorated and comfortable.
Upon arrival the reception and bar area were being re-carpeted so were out of action (only re-opened mid-day as we left). The room we were given was a corner room to the rear of the hotel ''should be nice and quiet''. The decor of the room was very poor, outdated and well over due for a refurb. The bathroom was even worse, poor French 1960's. The plumbing was inadequate with the shower temperature ranging from too cold to too hold within seconds.
We had an early start both mornings of our 2 day stay, awakened by hotel and adjacent bar staff emptying bottles into bins around 7.30 and talking and laughing alound. Perhaps they knew how much we had paid for this room, had we booked into a 2 star B & B in Skegness I think we would have been fully justified in complaining.
Dinner in their Michelin star restaurant was quiet, there were only us and one other couple. Food was excellent though with good service, pity again about the decor. The restauraunt style would be well described as poor 1970's suburbia. If you know The Normandy in Deauville, a regular haunt of ours, then you will appreciate how well the French can do hotels, the Westminster is the complete opposite.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Kingston Upon Thames
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Reviewed 14 April 2010

I really enjoyed our stay at the Westminster - faded grandeur throughout the hotel with evidence of a bygone era everywhere (my grandmother stayed here with regularity in its heyday). It's a beautiful old building with grand wide staircases, plush (if somewhat tired) salons and dining rooms and lobby area. Old wooden cage lifts with a modern makeover, silver service, thick pile carpets, black and photos of past guests (dignitries, film starts etc), very good (and expensive) bar.
Excellent indoor swimming pool, saunas, jacuzzis and spa.
Our room was a bit plain and ordinary located on the 4th (top) floor - suspect all the lower grade rooms are on this floor, but it did have an excellent bathroom. Didn't eat at the hotel so can't comment on that.
Incredible offer of €90 per night for the room.
Overall would definitely stay here again. 5 Star it ain't (anymore) but certainly a lovely old 4 Star comfy slipper.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2010

The hotel is very comfortable and we found it to be exactly as advertised. Its in a very good location for walking around Le Touquet. We had De Luxe rooms which were a good size and had plenty of room for two large comfortable chairs. The spa (particularly the pool) were a big hit. The food was very good. All in all an enjoyable few days. Only observation for improvement would be that it wouldn't be too difficult to put a shower head above the bath; a bit antiquated to have a bath with sprinkler rather than a shower. But even that was as advertised!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 February 2010

We booked with French Golf Holidays who obviously have a special deal at this hotel at we got a room upgrade, a welcome drink and, by looking at the public prices, a very good deal. The food in the brasserie was good and the new spa looked good but we didn't have time after the golf. We played La Mer, Hardelot and Belle Dune and we all voted it as the best trip yet.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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london
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Reviewed 13 January 2010

Four of us booked 2 rooms at the Westminster for a golf weekend. Both rooms were tired, dingy and dirty with paint peeling off the walls. The windows were filthy and looked straight out onto a brick wall covered with barbed wire! Our friends got no sleep as their bed was directly under a stone service staircase on which people were stomping up and down all night.
The breakfast buffet was poor and luke warm. The staff unhelpful. Altogether our stay was a disaster.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Barriere Le Westminster
Address: Avenue du Verger, 62520 Le Touquet – Paris-Plage, France (Formerly Hotel Westminster & Spa)
Region: France > Hauts-de-France > Pas-de-Calais > Le Touquet – Paris-Plage
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage
#1 Spa Hotel in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage
#3 Romantic Hotel in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Barriere Le Westminster 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Opal Coast ideally situated between Paris, London and Brussels, where you will find Le Touquet - a dynamic and vibrant 4-season European Resort. In the heart of one of its most elegant quarters, just 500m from the beach and 150m from the Palais des Congres, the 1930's charm of the Westminster and its sober luxury continue to attract. The 115 rooms and suites, 2 restaurants and spa will welcome you for a charming stay. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Westminster And Spa
Westminster Hotel Le Touquet
Hotel Westminster Le Touquet
Hotels Le Touquet

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