We stayed in Logis les Ramparts in September -a very convenient location. However, the owner turned us off by beginning our stay with a long list of "thou shalt nots". Then we got to our cute, cold room and found a statement that they do not provide soap or shampoo! In a B&B??!! No problem for me as I always travel with some, but if I didn't and arrived at night I'd not be happy! The lights are on timers which go off during a normal length shower leaving you in total darkness. There were also signs posted about what it would cost if one stopped up the toilet and, worse yet, if one broke it what one's insurance would have to pay! Needless to say, we did not feel very welcome there and could hardly wait to leave. Steve Smith needs to re-evaluate this one before listing it in updates to the guide book.
Thanks for this heads up... sounds awful. In Bayeux, Hotel d'Argouges is our favorite.
I thought you were recommending not staying in Bayeux too! Perhaps change the title to reflect the real nature of your thread?
I strongly agree about this B&B. Though we stayed here about 8 years ago, our experience was very similar. We laughed a lot about the dozens of signs everywhere. Quite off-putting. We had asked for a special room, but ended up in the attic room. Bed wasn't very comfortable, though the decor was nice, and the view from the windows was pretty.
No breakfast our first morning there, as we were going on a Battle Bus tour and she didn't serve breakfast before 08:00. The breakfast the 2nd morning, we could have easily left. This had to be the worst coffee I have ever had. Tasted like it was warmed up from the day before and put into a thermos. Seriously disgusting.
My opinion, it shouldn't be recommended at all. We stayed at Hotel de Sainte Croix our 1st night in Bayeux, and this was a fabulous place. Wish we could have stayed there the whole time.
Thanks for the title change suggestion. We loved Bayeux just not the B&B. we opted to skip their breakfast due to our sense that they wouldn't be in the B&B business were they not disparate for cash.; sounds like we made a good decision. However finding a bakery with seating was not easy there. Being well fed Americans missing a meal or two doesn't hurt.
There's a wonderful bakery on the main street with lots of tables and chairs... hopefully you did find that one.
My husband and I stayed at Logis les Ramparts on two occasions and would be happy to visit again. The house, being old has a few idiosyncrasies, thus there are "rules" to be followed in order to prevent damage. The amenities may be different that an American hotel or B&B, but isn't that why we travel--to experience different cultures?! My husband and I enjoyed a sampling of the owner's fabulous calvados, at our request, and have been hooked since.
As for Bayeux itself, besides its excellent location: close to the Normandy Beaches, in reach of Mt. Saint Michel, there's the Bayeux Tapestry, cathedral, open market (with live fowl!), etc. We had a fabulous time and would recommend the town and Logis les Ramparts to anyone interested in visiting the area.
If you can do stairs and enjoy a mix of modern comfort with old world charm, I highly recommend Le Manoir St. Victoire. It is a B&B with several rooms in a 15th century tower. There is one unit on the ground floor, no stairs. We had a nice sized bedroom with a comfortable bed, beautiful bathroom, 3 exposures and Cathedral view. No A/C, but we didn't need it, and we were there in August. There was a tiny kitchenette and small table set for tea. The owners are gracious, the breakfasts are wonderful with high quality foods and beverages. Le Manoir St. Victoire oozes charm. The cost was reasonable. Read the Trip Advisor reviews -- I would return in a heartbeat.
I am sorry to hear this report about Les Remparts. I stayed there in 2009 with my husband, four children, and a friend, and we all loved it and have great memories of our stay there.