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Bayeux -- remote lodging & central parking?

I'll be touring Normandy by rental car this September with wife and friends. We're planning to spend two nights in Bayeux. While it would be nice to stay in the town center, it seems all of the recommended accommodations are booked on the nights we'll be passing through. I see there are numerous B&B's about 4-7 miles from Bayeux.

Should we expect any unusual expense or difficulty in finding a public parking lot reasonably near the town center, where we can park the car for the better part of the day? Of course, we will not leave valuables in the car.

Thanks for any advice.

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I was in Bayeux in June and loved it! We stayed at Hotel le Bayeux and I highly recommend it. It was only a block from the cathedral but on a quiet street with few tourists. Excellent customer service. They havea small parking lot or if it's full they will have you park for free in the town hall parking across the street. Bon voyage!

Posted by
978 posts

We stayed in a B&B on the outskirts and never had difficulty finding parking in town. Often found street side parking but also parked in a large lot near the building displaying the tapestry. Don't think you should worry about this.

Posted by
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Thank for the replies and recommendation. Hotel le Bayeux is one of the many fully-booked establishments. C'est la vie, n'est-ce pas?

Posted by
2004 posts

There are numerous B&B´s around there. I stayed a few years ago in little village Bazenville, some 10km north-east of Bayeux. Contact: Stéphane et Agnès Lepainteur/Pain. Spacious decent rooms (doubles ±€50,-), good breakfast, nice hosts and the tranquillety of the country-side. E-mail: [email protected]

Parked my car for free at Av. Georges Clemenceau in Bayeux, a 10min. walk to the centre.

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There is one lot geared to tourists who need to park called Le Parc Michel d'Ornano. It's free with unlimited time but fills up pretty early in the day during the heart of tourist season. If you aren't there early, you should still be able to get a place sooner or later. It's behind the cathedral. This may be the one others are referring to. The other lots are pay parking geared to shoppers. The longest you can pay for is two hours at a time. Parking is enforced during morning and afternoon shopping times, but free during lunch and after stores close. The best is to get to town early and into the free unlimited lot.

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I recall having to park in a pay-at-the-machine lot near the scenic tourist stream that runs through town. This was certainly centrally located, but maybe (as noted) with a ten-minute walk) you can do better. You do need coins (I don't remember bills being accepted by this particular machine.)

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I can't vouch for the place as our stay is upcoming in September at Campanile Bayeux. It's just a plain ol' motel with free parking and in walking distance to the center of town. The reviews that I could find on it were good enough for us.

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We stayed at the Hôtel Reine Mathilde right downtown -- http://www.hotel-bayeux-reinemathilde.fr/en/. It's a quaint place with a fabulous bistro attached. Check Trip Advisor where it is ranked #3 of 22 hotels in Bayeux. Although we didn't drive that trip, there seems to be public parking nearby. I hope it's not one of the full ones. It's within easy walking distance of just about everything.

If it is full, you might try searching Logis -- http://reservation-hotel.logishotels.com/jreservit/displayadvsearch.do?userid=1647f3fd12f1b3328b973721246825bc135d&action=adv-avail&langcode=EN&partid=0&id=12&httphost=reservation-hotel.logishotels.com&directoryJMANAGER=jreservit&applitype=client&zoneid=1&utma=30237472.1146839508.1409181572.1409181572.1409181572.1&utmb=30237472.3.10.1409181572&utmc=30237472&utmz=30237472.1409181572.1.1.utmcsr%3D%28direct%29%7Cutmccn%3D%28direct%29%7Cutmcmd%3D%28none%29. -- for options nearby. The link should go to the advance search option where you can mark the things that are most important to you. Tip: Chimneys=quality of room, Casserole pots=quality of food. Be sure to mark all the levels you are willing to accept or else you will get a very small number of options. We ignore the stars.

We have stayed in Logis hotels on trips to small towns in France and found them very suitable for our needs. We typically care more about the food than the lodging. Most Logis hotels have free parking.

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Last fall we stayed at the Novotel a few blocks from the center, toward the northwest just inside the ring road. No charm or atmosphere but clean, comfortable, and not a long walk into town. And a quick escape to the beaches etc. There were several large metered parking lots in or near the center, though, so I expect you could come in from further out without much trouble.

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Thanks again for the recommendations. The Hotel Reine Mathilde is one of the ten we checked with who are booked on our dates three weeks hence. But I'm pleased to report, we found a nice place at the town center through airbnb. Happy travels.