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Bayeux

I am looking for a hotel in Bayeux, in addition to Hotel Dargouges, that is two or three stars (mid price) and close to the rail station and major sites. Also, I would love any suggestion for a memorable dinner and the best sites in town.

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We stayed at the Novotel on the NE outskirts (but walking distance to the center). It was fine but charmless, there are other nice places closer in. The best Bayeux sites, imho, are the Tapestry and the Cathedral, both first-class.

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We stayed at the Hotel Reine Mathilde (http://www.hotel-bayeux-reinemathilde.fr/en/) I believe it has 2 stars. The Brasserie there is great. The hotel is in the middle of everything with a short walk to the Cathedral and the Tapestry. Our Normandy beaches tour formed up about a block away. We had a lovely dinner at Le Petit Normand just down the street.

If you click on the Access Map, you will see that the train station (tiny, by the way) is outside the ring road that goes around Bayeux. It is a bit of a walk from the station to the center of town (900 m, 12 minutes). We took a taxi to the hotel from it because we arrived well after dark. We had to call for the taxi as none were sitting there when we arrived. We walked to it from the hotel when we left.

If you zoom in and out of the map, other potential hotels will appear on it. Personally, I'd stay in the center of town rather than try to get close to the train station.

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Re: sites... the town itself is charming and worth time to explore, the Bayeux Tapestry of course, the WWII museum in Bayeux is the best one imo, and the British cemetery nearby is recommended by many.
I know you asked about hotels other than Hotel d'Argouges, but I have to mention we've stayed there 6+ times and love it.

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Also stayed at Novotel... easy to find as well as cheap, clean, decent breakfast, easy parking and near the freeway... but yes, totally lacking in charm, but it was fine for this part of our trip. Stayed there a few times and I think it changed names... maybe used to be and Ibis, or is now... anyway, the 'chain' hotel by the highway.

Maybe you can walk to the center, but both times I was there in winter...Nov & Dec. and I would have found it too far, but parking in Bayeux was not a problem at that time of year.

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We stayed at Hotel Le Bayeux and were very pleased. Their staff was pleasant and helpful.The location is convenient to the tapestry, cathedral and restaurants.

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We loved the Churchill which is a couple blocks from the Cathedral and more or less across the parking lot from the Tapestry. The rooms are comfortable and old fashioned; the decor is red flocked wall paper in the halls and mementos and pictures from WWII; there is a nice bar/lounge where you can get good wifi (it is spotty in the rooms) and be served cider or pomeau or whatever you like to drink. You can see our trip to Bayeux to get a feel for the hotel and area at http://janettravels.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/bayeux-bringing-1066-to-life/. The Overlord Tours of the Normandy beaches pick up just around the corner from the hotel and I recommend their all day tour if you are interested in the beaches and other WWII sites. They have both US beach and Canadian/British beach tours. You can also do a day trip from the Hotel CHurchill to Mont St. Michel although the hotel van for this only holds about 8 and this trip books up early, so if you want to do it book early. At any rate this area near the Churchill which includes other hotels is a very convenient spot for restaurants, and for the sites in Bayeux you will probably want to see.

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Let me second Hotel Reine Mathilde: a fine hotel, decently priced, excellent location! See the tapestry and the church it once hung inside.

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5,

Bayeux is a walkable town in my opinion.

if you care to check out the Le Tardif guest house, i stayed there and enjoyed my stay and the continental breakfast. Croissants and Baguettes were awesome.

site:

War Museum

Bayeux tapestry

Walking around town and the river.

happy trails.

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As I recall the rail station is a short bus ride away from the center of Bayeux. We stayed at Le Manoir St. Victoire, a B&B in the heart of town. It is a small 15th century tower with modern comforts. There is one ground floor unit, the rest are up narrow, winding stone stairs. The rooms are charming with a lovely bath and kitchenette. We had views of the Cathedral and 3 exposures. Breakfast is amazing, the hosts are charming. Although Reine Mathilde is in a nice location, did not enjoy the food. Very touristy and not very good. Great crepes at Au Louis d'Or. Sights: the tapestry, the cathedral and the museum in the center of town, forget the name, not part of the tapestry museum. There is also a small lace museum/shop near the Cathedral, it won't take much time and has some lovely pieces if you're inclined. A big part of our trip was a tour of the battlefields, which was amazing and very moving. There are several companies that do tours, we chose Overlord and had a great guide.