Small independent hotels in Normandy

Hotels with character - from budget to boutique

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This page of the iHi France independent hotel guide 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 gives priority to rural hotels, seaside hotels and town hotels in quiet locations away from the noise of busy streets. Most if not all hotels listed offer free wifi.
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Hotels in Upper Normandy

  • Near Dieppe (76 Seine Maritime)
    Hotel Manoir de Graincourt. ***
    Five 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 B&B than a hotel, the Manoir offers high quality accommodation. Highly recommended by people who have stayed there.
  • Saint Marcel, near Giverny and Vernon     (27 Eure)
    The *** Hotel Baryton  is conveniently located ten minutes from Monet's garden and house and the Impressionist museum  at Giverny, and a few minutes' walk from the banks of the Seine. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable, and the hotel is reasonably priced .
  • Etretat  on coast between le Havre & Fécamp   (76 Seine Maritime)
    The *** Domaine Saint Clair - le Donjon €€€
     is a  comfortable upscale three star hotel in a small 19th century castle,  and located in the small seaside of Etretat, famous for having the highest cliffs on the French coast.  Gardens, lounges, good restaurant, heated outdoor pool, free parking. Warm and friendly welcome. .
  • Yport - on the coast west of Fécamp (76 Seine Maritime)
    Hotel-Pub Sirène **  €   
     or 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.

Hotels in Lower Normandy

  • Bayeux - 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 located 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.
  • Bayeux (14 - Calvados).
    Hotel Reine Mathilde
       **  €     Excellent value two star hotel in quiet central location in  historic Bayeux, just a few yards from the cathedral, 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.
  • Bayeux (14 - Calvados).
    Hotel d'Argouges
       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 authentic château experience. Free car parking. Easy access to the D-Day beaches, Cotentin and Mont Saint Michel.
  • Honfleur - near Deauville (14 Calvados)
    the Hotel Monet  *** is located five minutes walk from the centre and  harbour 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.
  • Ouistreham, near Caen (14 Calvados)
    The Villa Andry 
    ** is an attractive traditional hotel with plenty of charm, 100m from a wide sandy beach, and three minutes drive from the Portsmouth-Caen 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.
  • Saint-Aubin sur Mer - near Ouistreham and Caen (14 Calvados)
    The Le Saint-Aubin ***
    has a fine seafront location opposite the beach, and a good restaurant. Rooms facing the sea are under 100 € out of peak season  Staff are friendly, and the hotel has private parking. Saint Aubin is an excellent base for discovering the Normandy beaches.
  • Courseulles-sur-Mer  - north of Caen (14 Calvados)
    🧡 The ** Hotel la Pêcherie
    is 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
  •  Near Arromanches (14 Calvados).
    Ferme de la Rançonnière
     €€€   **** A short distance from the Normandy Landings beaches, between Arromanches and Courseulles, this four star hotel with 35 rooms occupies a historic Normandy farmhouse. Bar, restaurant offering local specialities, gardens, free parking on-site..
  • Cormeilles -  Pays de Caux between Rouen and Caen (27 - Eure)
    The Auberge du Président
    - a good quality three 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.
  • Continued below....
    Visiting Normandy in the summer months?
    Hotels can book up fast in busy periods, so book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Near Avranches (50, Manche)
    Le Moulin de Ducey  ***  Fifteen minutes from Mont Saint Michel, 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 value. 
  • Cotentin - Barneville-Carteret (50, Manche)
    Hôtel les Ormes.*** 
      In a peaceful location beside the yachting marina, pleasant small hotel with 12 rooms and a restaurant. 700 metres from the beach
  • Cotentin - Bricquebec (50, Manche)
    Hôtel Château de Bricquebec.*** This is a hotel with a difference – a 17-room hotel actually in a medieval fortress. Cafés and restaurants close by, a location in central Cotentin for exploring the area between Cherbourg Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy beaches
  • St. Germain sur Ay, Cotentin (50, Manche)
    La 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.
  • Near Valognes (50, Manche)
    Manoir de Savigny.*** 
      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.
  • Sainte Mère Eglise (50, Manche)
    Hôtel du 6 Juin.***  €    In this historic Normandy Landings village, a small no-frills two-star hotel, which is well reviewed. Eight rooms, good value.. Restaurants and brasseries close by. Free parking.
  • Le Mont Saint Michel (50, Manche)
    Auberge Saint Pierre.*** 
    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.
  • Le Mont Saint Michel (50, Manche)
    ("The old inn").** 
    🧡 This is all about location. Staying on the rock overnight, after the day visitors have gone, is a special experience. La Vieille Auberge is cheaper than other hotels, and adequate for most visitors . Rooms, which are in other old buildings separate from the main hotel, are quiet simple and not large; but you don't expect big rooms in the restricted area of the Mount. .
  • Bagnoles de l'Orne - west of Alençon (61 Orne)
    The *** Le Bois Joli  Located in Bagnoles de l'Orne, a small Belle Epoque spa town in the heart of the Normandy-Maine nature reserve, this is a classic 19th century Norman country house, with top marks in user reviews for cleanliness, comfort, staff and value.

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 is a great choice both for a short break and for a longer holiday. Easily accessible both Paris and northern France, but also from the UK, thanks to direct ferry crossings, Normandy offers plenty of opportunities for a seaside break, or a relaxing stay in its rural hinterland.
   As well as its long sandy beaches, its bucolic countryside and 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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