is a great choice both for a short break and for a longer
holiday. Easily accessible both Paris and northern France, but
from the UK, thanks to direct ferry crossings, Normandy offers plenty
of opportunities for a seaside break, or a relaxing stay in its rural
As well as its long sandy beaches, its bucolic
its famous specialities such as Camembert cheese and Calvados, Normandy
also has the D-Day landing beaches, the Bayeux tapestry showing William
the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, the Cotentin peninsula, the
Impressionist museum at Giverny and many other interesting sites.
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offers a carefully-selected choice of small friendly hotels in
Normandy. Hand-picked from among many hundreds of hotels in Normandy,
these are just small hotels
offering a calm, friendly and relaxing environment, hotels
that have been recommended by visitors, on account of their good value
for money, and their friendly welcome. Some of these hotels are cheap,
others are not as cheap; but they have all been assessed as offering an
honest deal to visitors. The IHI directory
priority to rural hotels, seaside hotels and town
in quiet locations away from the noise of busy streets. Most if not all
hotels listed offer free
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Dieppe (76 Seine Maritime)
Manoir de Graincourt. ***
miles east of Dieppe, a couple of miles inland, this is a traditional
style manor in the heart of the Normandy countryside, built
in the 19th century. More an upscale
than a hotel, the Manoir offers high quality accommodation, and has a
biliards room and a games room. Highly recommended by people who have
Marcel, near Giverny and Vernon (27 Eure)
The ** Hotel
conveniently located ten minutes from Monet's garden and house and the
Impressionist museum at Giverny, and a few minutes' walk from
banks of the Seine. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable, and
the hotel is reasonably priced .
on coast between le
Fécamp (76 Seine Maritime)
Saint Clair - le Donjon
a comfortable upscale three star hotel in a small 19th
castle, and located in the small seaside of Etretat, famous
having the highest cliffs on the French coast. Gardens,
good restaurant, heated outdoor pool, free parking. Warm and friendly
- on the coast west of Fécamp
(76 Seine Maritime)
Sirène ** €
the Mermaid, (not
the Siren !) in English. Small seaside hotel with good size rooms in
the quiet fishing port of Yport. Very friendly
welcome and the
restaurant gets plenty of praise from French travellers, though seems
to be comparatively unknown by visitors from elsewhere. Book directly
with the hotel.
- west of Caen
(14 - Calvados).
Hotel Lion d'Or
Classic traditional three-star hotel in a quiet location in
central Bayeux. Comfortable rooms. Lots of good reviews. Conveniently
for D-Day tours and for the Bayeux tapestry museum. The lounge area has
memorabilia of people who have stayed here, including one French
president and two British prime ministers.
(14 - Calvados).
Hotel Reine Mathilde
Excellent value two star hotel in quiet central location
in historic Bayeux, just a few yards from the
tapestry museum and the D-Day tours pick-up point. Rooms small but
adequate and clean. Staff friendly and welcoming . Both the hotel and
the restaurant get excellent reviews.
(14 - Calvados).
This three-star hotel is in an 18th century chateau in the
heart of Bayeux, but away from the road; a boutique
hotel, with 28 en-suite rooms, gardens, very welcoming hosts and an
château experience. Free car parking. Easy
access to the D-Day beaches, Cotentin and
Mont Saint Michel.
- near Deauville
** is located five minutes walk from the centre and
of this popular small seaside resort. At the top end of the two-star
bracket, it is good value by seaside resort standards, and gets plenty
of good reviews as a clean, calm and welcoming hotel. Rooms with
private terraces, bar, free parking.
near Caen (14 Calvados)
The Hotel Saint Georges
is an attractive traditional hotel with plenty of charm, 100m from a
wide sandy beach, and three minutes drive from
ferry terminal. Restaurant, garden, free private parking. Friendly and
helpful staff, clean and comfortable, and excellent value, specially
out of the tourist season. Merits more than its two stars.
sur Mer - near Ouistreham and Caen (14 Calvados)
a fine seafront location, a good restaurant, and offers good value
for money, particularly for half-board. Staff are friendly
welcoming, and the hotel has secure parking. Saint Aubin is an
excellent base for discovering the Normandy beaches.
- north of Caen (14 Calvados)
The ** Hotel
a charming ** seaside hotel located 100 yards from Juno Beach, in
this small Normandy seaside town. Six rooms, restaurant with views to
the sea. Both hotel and restaurant get very good reviews, as does the
friendliness of the staff and the welcome. Excellent base for
discovering the sites of the Normandy landings. Free car parking
- Pays de Caux between Rouen and Caen (27 - Eure)
a good quality two star hotel - is a typical Norman country inn, and
has been recently renovated. It has a spa and a sauna, and a garden,
and provides free parking. A clean, comfortable and friendly hotel,
with a good quality restaurant serving Norman specialities.
Normandy in the summer months?
Hotels can book up fast in busy periods, so book early to avoid
Avranches (50, Manche)
Moulin de Ducey *** Fifteen minutes from Mont
quiet boutique hotel in a peaceful environment, beside the river in the
small Norman town of Ducey. A very friendly welcome is assured in this
old converted watermill. The hotel provides good breakfasts, and there
is a bar but no restaurant. However there are restaurants within
walking distance. This hotel gets excellent reviews. Very good
Germain sur Ay, Cotentin (50, Manche)
Ferme des Mares.***
On the west coast
of the Cotentin peninsula, less than two miles from a great sandy
beach, Ferme des Mares is a delightful and refined guesthouse in a
peaceful rural location. It has 10 guest rooms, gardens and a
well recommended and reasonably priced restaurant.
Valognes (50, Manche)
this 500-year old Normandy manor house is set in its own grounds in the
middle of the Cotentin peninsula, south of Cherbourg. Very favourable
reviews. Restaurants in nearby Valognes, 3 km away. An ideal base for
visiting the area from the Normandy beaches to Mont Saint Michel.
Mont Saint Michel (50, Manche)
Clean and generally comfortable hotel half way up the Mont. A place to
choose for the charm of a night actually on the Mount. Fairly small
rooms, but clean and comfortable. And don't forget that you'll need to
walk to the hotel from the car park, which is outside the walls.
Restaurant gets reasonable reviews.
Mont Saint Michel (50, Manche)
le Mouton Blanc.**
This is all about
location. Staying on the rock overnight, after the day visitors have
gone, is a special experience. Le Mouton is cheaper than other hotels,
and adequate for most visitors . Rooms are simple and not large, but
you don't expect big rooms in the restricted area of the Mount. The
restaurant gets mixed reviews - not surprising considering the tourist
de l'Orne - south of Flers (61 Orne)
The *** Bagnoles
hotel Located in Bagnoles de l'Orne, in the
very south of Normandy, and in the heart of the Normandy-Maine nature
reserve, this is a clean attractive modern 20-room hotel, with
garden terrace and restaurant. Both the hotel and the
score top marks in user reviews for cleanliness, comfort, staff and