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“Friendly staff & clean hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Detective Hotel
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Etretat
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San Diego, California
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Friendly staff & clean hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2011

We stayed in the CSI suite for 4 people. 1 bunk bed, 1 double bed and a bathroom. No luxury, but perfect for 4 friends traveling together. The themed idea made it a fun experience as well. Very comfortable and clean. The owners were extremely friendly and spoke great English.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank L0ve2seeTheW0rld
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2010

You will either love or hate this hotel, we prefer to love it. Charming friendly owners. Excellent French breakfast. Yes the rooms are small and not all the bits work, but 3 nights for £220 including breakfast is fine, especially in France. Etretat is a town on the Normandy coast and a joy to visit. At weekends it is rammed but during the week peaceful and french. Also impossible to buy chicken in any restaurant.

Back to the hotel, no lift so beware if three serious flights of stairs are a problem, or ask for a room on a lower floor.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank gunnerbill
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2010

Etretat is a small village, but this hotel is right on the main driveway and 20 mts from a public parking.
The rooms are interestingly themed around detective tv programs. We stayed at the Magnum PI.
We had booked for a 2 twin-bed room, but found a double bed. The owner immediately offered to change it to a 2 twin bed, much to our relief.
Internet is free. Their wifi was not working well so signal was not working in our 3rd floor room, only in the front desk area. A PC is available also in this area.
No elevators.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mjmjmj2010
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Caterham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2010

Every room has a different detective theme. The Hercule Poirot was nice without being 'overthemed'. Lots of detective stuff around the hotel which made it quite fun. The bar looked nice but unfortunately closed before we returned from supper - typical small town France. Good breakfast. Overall good value.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank JazzDuke
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Paris
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2010

The detective is a very nice hotel. Well situated in the center of Etretat. Rooms are small but nice.
I definitely recommend this hotel. The only point is the poor breakfast. For 8€ you could find much better deal in Etretat.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank matetaur
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West Chiltington, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2009

Location very good to get around the town and parking nearby in the town hall carpark.
Pictures on web were quite deceiving as we thought the rooms would be better decorated.No space to put clothes just a few hangers.Hotel a bit tired needs updating really but for 2 star ok.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank williav
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Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
127 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2009

We stayed one night, and the experience was up and down.

From TripAdvisor recommendations, I googled the property and they have their own website, in French and an English version. I emailed them for a room for two on such and such a date, and quickly a reply, "book through the website." Why only rely on that? Email and phone could be fine enough?

So I went online, and only with the French version is a button "Booking" (or "Reservations" or something.) Which took me to booking.com, so I went ahead and did that, thinking that was their reservations engine. After giving credit card for guaranteeing room, I then searched again the property for its location, and found the room 5euro cheaper on other bucket engines like venire, travelocity.co. uk, etc. Sigh.

We were late getting to the property, and arrived around 9 PM. There was a note on the door with a mobile number (no answer via the doorbell.) Good thing my partner is from UK and had a roaming mobile phone - Americans are often phone-less in Europe!!! Someone came immediately, we entered the dark lobby area, was given a key to the Emma Peel, and she left. We found our way up the stairs by ourselves, and entered the room.

Great room but....bed was concave. ! LIke some 1000 pound person slept in the middle. Room was large! Great 60s decor and had TV too. We were too tired to try to get down in the dark again and find the mobile number for a different room...around 11 PM went to take a shower - the shower was broken. Just the holder for the hose, so no shower - only a hose (use one had to hose, one to soap, you get the idea.)

After hosing ourselves down, went to bed and tried to sleep. Room above us had spring beds? Creaking so loud! I prayed to God, please don't let them have sex. The creaking of the bed above our heads ended by 1 AM, and it was quiet. But two people on an American double-sized bed that was concave.... we didn't sleep.

The hotel is on a main street, but in October, dead quiet. The windows aren't sound proofed, but since the whole town was quiet, that was not a problem.

The proprietress was fabulous - I paid the credit card and said that she probably wants to know but...the shower and bed are problems. She correctly asked why did we not ask for a different room; yeah, in a hotel with reception we would have...but it was late, all was shut up. She was very apologetic and offered us breakfast before we went, which I have to say was fabulous - fresh pastries, juices. I DO recommend the breakfast.

In the daylight, we got to see the downstairs and its lovely - I'm sure a great place to hang out in Summer with the cafe/bar, reading areas, games - lovely!

They do have wifi, but since I got there so late and forgot to ask, had no way to access it.

I would still recommend this hotel to a friend - but next time I'll check the room first. Parking was right on the street, and overnight parking is free in town; otherwise its for pay in many parts, but around the Rue Charles V where this is, there is lots of street parking. I'm sure parking is a premium in July/August.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Detective Hotel

Property: Detective Hotel
Address: 6 avenue George V, 76790 Etretat, France
Region: France > Normandy > Haute-Normandie > Seine-Maritime > Etretat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Etretat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Detective Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mystery of the hotel The chairs were comfortable well be the most welcoming host, a vague apprehension pincer visitors who took the risk to book a room at Hotel Detective . Dim light , dark corridors and creaking floors . Wall , a steel plate shredded shot rocket launcher sets the tone in a setting worthy of a film noir. The country of Arsene Lupin , the ghosts lurking . Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes Charlie 's Angels Ladies, all the great names of literature the crime series have left here trace of their passage and even hidden in some room some bumps and smaller surveys that must be resolved before you can rest soundly . So open the eye and play finesse ! And needless to slip away , the handcuffs are never far away and the boss is an old fingerprint expert of the Institute of Criminal Research of the National Gendarmerie . Credit text Seine-Maritime Mag # 86 . ... more   less 
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