Travel Blogs from Bayeux
... cosyness of the van we decided to have soup for lunch, even tho it wasn't cold there something warming about soup! By now the wind had joined in with the rain and it was blowing a hooli. The van was being buffeted by the wind and the rain was so loud we had to shout to each other to be heard. Spent a couple of hrs watching The inbetweeners on the laptop then the sun came out and dried everything up, still bloody windy tho. Spent the afternoon sitting out reading and drinking ...
... to stop and the first service station for a breather and a wee! Andy bless him offered to drive from here but I decided that if I didn't carry on then I wouldn't drive funbus again. So off we toddled on the Autoroute for another hour or so until it was time for lunch, where Andy took over. It had been raining steadily on an off all the way and now it really started to pour. He safely made it around Rouen and on to Caen , which were both pretty busy but as we were on the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel d'Argouges Bayeux
The hotel was fabulous, especially considering the place we stayed in before. The room was very comfortable, the staff extremely friendly, and the bathroom was much bigger than expected which was fantastic. The breakfast was a little over priced, but the room they serve breakfast in was amazingly decorated in the style of the house.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel d'Argouges Bayeux
Recently stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. The hotel was charming, a good continental breakfast taken sitting in the sunny garden was a perfect start to the day. The room was clean and comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful.Being able to park in a safe area and to be close enough to walk into Bayeux especially in the evening for a meal and a drink was a bonus especially for 2 women taking the car abroard for the first time.
Unhelpful and Rude Staff
I made a reservation and subsequently cancelled it. However, my credit card was still charged.
When I called to rectify this mistake, the hotel staff was rude and unwilling to help me resolve this problem. I asked to speak to the hotel director about this and was told that he did not speak English. When I mentioned that I can speak French with him, she replied that he was not available and that she did not know when he'd be in. She refused to leave him a message and simply said that I'd have to try again.
My unfortunate experience with the hotel was frustrating and disappointing considering the good reviews it has received. I suspect that should anyone have issues during their stay that they would run the risk of being handled in a similarly rude and uncooperative matter.
A Charming Hotel in a Charming Town
Our family of 5 was very pleased with our stay at this old and charming hotel. The staff was excellant! They were always willing to help me with anything from finding a good restuarant to calling to get reservations for horseback riding. We had a very large family room on the second floor. It was right above the dining room (we woke to clinking of dishes each morning), but at least we never missed breakfast. One of this hotel's attributes is its location. Being right on the main street, it would otherwise be a very noisey place to stay. Fortunately, Hotel D'Argouges is set back beyond a flowered courtyard with a yet another garden and private parking behind it, making it well insulated. Bayeux is a lovely town, plently of shopping, good restaurants, museums, history and proximity to many sites. A laundrymat is located just across the street and 1/2 block down. Bayeux also has a McDonalds when needed for homesick kids. The only reason I can't give this hotel "excellant" rating is the bathroom. There is a tub and a non-mounted shower nosel - quite a challenge!
Returning to Hotel D'Argouges each day through it's fragrant courtyard of flowers is a memory of France I will never forget.
Tranquillity, courtesy, convenience
Friendly, helpful, courteous staff. Comfortable, quiet rooms. Simple continental breakfast. Centrally located off the market square, very peaceful, lots of parking, pleasant garden. Not surprisingly it gets booked a long way in advance.
Super place. Nicely priced. Will definitely be going back.
An excellent biker friendly hotel
If you are on a biking holiday and looking for somewhere central to town that has secure parking for your bike, then this is the place! They have a huge workshop/garage building in the grounds which the owners positively encourage you to use. The breakfast is out of this world, and lots of it. The owners, husband and wife, are vey friendly and nothing is too much trouble should you require any thing. We frequent this place with about a dozen bikers, once a year for a long weekend and have had no complaints yet!
Spent three nights in Bayeux as this Hotel and I must say it was wonderfull experience. The staff was very friendly. The rooms were bigger than I expected and the bathrooms were modern. We had an excellent view overlooking the front courtyard too! In reference to the single negative review, the breakfast isn't required so what is to complain about?? It's the same typical breakfast throughout Europe!
Anyway, had a great time at the Argouges and really enjoyed Bayeux as well. I have already recommended it to friends!
Set back from the road off a charming courtyard, all the rooms are normally quiet. However, if the next morning is a market day (Sat & ?) and you're on the courtyard, make sure to bring earplugs as they begin setting up early. Rooms are smallish and basic but have all the normal items. The building itself is charming and the reception/breakfast room is classy. Recommended.
Very pleasant break at Hotel d'Argouges
We read both previous reviews just a few days before our trip last week so approached this hotel with trepidation! We found it very convenient, with good parking facilities, even though it was in the centre of town with all shops, restaurants and places of interest very close by. The hotel was an old manorhouse so has lots of character and is set in colourful and well-tended gardens. The main building and annexe are set back from the road, so there was no noise at any time. The rooms were clean, elegantly furnished and airy with high, beamed ceilings. There was a very deep bath with a shower handset, lots of hot water, basin and hairdryer in the bathroom. The breakfast was plentiful, consisting of orange juice, apple compote, 4 types of bread/pastry, butter, honey, jam, marmalade and a choice of tea, coffee or chocolate. The staff were very polite and friendly. It was particularly good to be able to go out and eat (and drink) in the evening without having to consider driving back to the hotel.
Supplements? Come on...
Stayed at the d'Argogues after reading the review here and was stunned at how this thing got a positive review by anyone.
The property is located next to one of the main downtown parking lots in Bayeux, located in a courtyard behind an entry arch in the wall.
This means the property itself are two nice old buildings with pretty timber roofs and a decent guarden, and you don't feel like you're on the main road. That's the good part.
The bad part is that the value proposition here is awful. I paid Eu64 for a twin bed room that was run down, with the highlight of the room being a hand shower since they couldn't spend $5 on mounting it. No shower curtain, of course. Beds were fairly uncomfortable, and the light curtains didn't close entirely.
Where I moved from disenchanted to annoyed was on the breakfast. You pay Eu8 for a very basic continental breakfast - awful orange juice and a croissant. Anything else is a supplement...including butter for the toast, or even something basically french like cheese for your baguette (Eu2). I have NEVER seen a supplement for something this basic. Come on.
There are many better B&Bs out there, and for quality like this there are much better prices. This is basically a Eu40 hotel that's overcharging dramatically. Don't stay here.
Definitely wife approved! Best in Normandy
We spent 2 weeks in France, and toured many of the major regions. This was by far our 2nd favorite hotel on our trip, and if you factor cost: the #1 favorite! (this because our favorite hotel was in Loire and $200/night). At Argouges the staff goes above and beyond in service. When we returned after dinner, the man at the front desk was helping a couple find another hotel in Bayeux, because Argouges was full (of course it will be full!). Book WAY in advance. We redesigned our trip to work around their availability. The included breakfast (continental) was the best we had in France; my wife loved their hot chocolate and croissants. The room is spotless and charming. Parking is a breeze. Beautiful grounds and decor. Location is excellent. Wonderful walk to the Tapestry: Many nice shops, bakeries, and restaurants along the way. The cathedral is also on the way to the Tapestry. I write very few web reviews because I'm lazy. We liked this hotel so much that we are compelled to tell others about this gem. We were sad to leave; next time we will extend our stay!