Le Grand Hotel Cabourg – MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Luxe grande dame with a prime seafront position and a private beach
- Two restaurants, La Plage and Le Balbec, serve local specialties
- Great jumping-off point for exploring the Normandy coastline
What To Know
- There's a casino next door
- Rooms overlook the sea or the garden
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Cabourg served as the inspiration for the setting of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, and the Grand Hotel, a five-star grande dame right on the seafront, was his literary base between 1907 and 1914. Plenty of Belle Epoque features remain, including parquet flooring, chandeliers, gilded plasterwork and grand columns. The 71 guestrooms were completely refurbished in 2011 with a modern look: sizable windows, sleigh beds with padded headboards and bold patterned wallpaper. The snazzy bathrooms come with twin sinks, flattering lighting and old-style tubs, but it’s the public areas that are best for soaking up the sumptuous decorative flourishes of a bygone era, from the grand piano and tapestry rugs in the lobby to the retro deck chairs on the private beach. Tuck into regional specialties at La Plage or Le Balbec, and finish with a Normandy cheese plate.
In the Area
To the west of Cabourg you’ll find Normandy’s D-Day landing beaches and several sights of significance, including museums, cemeteries and memorials. History buffs should head to Bayeux to see the 229-foot long Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts William the Conqueror’s conquest of England, starting in 1064. The city of Rouen, about a 90-minute drive from Cabourg, is worth visiting for its sublime Gothic cathedral, the subject of numerous paintings by Monet.
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Excellent hotel with the best service ,enjoyed the location and the breakfast buffet in particular ,on the beach , good and stylish old grand hotel and fashionable with modern luxury at the same time !
For 430€ per night in a 5* hotel in a non-premium location like NYC, Paris or London, you'd expect the best and some magic and luxury. And that didn't happen:
- we were said the room was ready but when we arrived in the room, house keeping was just starting. So, we stayed in the corridor for 15+ min hoping they would finish, but it lasted much longer.
- then we asked the front desk to be notified when the room is really ready. They didn't call... Second deception at check-in.
- No welcome in the room either, like a snack (I would have expected a couple of madeleine for example), or no welcome letter.
- when trying to find a table at the bar in the evening, we were told with an unfriendly tone "not this one, this is for a family. You seat in the lobby by the entrance". So we left. Not even close to be a nice experience!
- overall, while the room was nice, there was no magical touch that makes you feel you're in a special place (example: super amenities or fresh flowers...)
- the lobby is impressive but when you look at details, it feels a bit short for the standard they claim: worn carpet by the stairs for example.
- same thing for service: while the service was OK, we felt no personalisation or specific attention that made us feel welcomed. And, again, for this level of price, being just OK is not OK.
- the breakfast was good but, again, not exactly the level you'd expect (example: no waffle, limited bread choice, no brioche, limited choice of fresh fruits, limited choice of cold cuts, hot dishes limited to scramble eggs, bacon and potatoes...). And asking an extra for eggs if you want your breakfast in bed is mean. Positive aspect: vegs are organic.
So, I would be very happy for a 150€ stay but it felt very short of expectations for 430€. It feels like the Proust legacy made this hotel very arrogant and too proud of themselves: it's a nice, premium hotel but not Luxury.
My wife and I stayed at this beautiful hotel for two nights while travelling through Normandy.Other reviews mention the scarcity of parking, so I would use the hotel concierge parking service, which we did and was excellent. They even left bottles of water in the car for us on our journey home, nice touch. You will be warmly welcomed and have a well appointed and spacious room. A beautiful hotel, with fantastic views and friendly and efficient staff.In a superb location with plenty of nightlife nearby.
It was a real pleasure to stay here.
We had two rooms both were okay ... it’s the location that makes the hotel worth it, it needs to be remodeled on the inside it needs some tlc parking is $22.00 and if you can get a spot it’s free in front. DONT order room service it is expensive and awful go and eat out! The breakfast in morning was good worth paying for it service was good to. The views are nice
Stayed there in early Jan. The hotel dates +100yrs, oozes history & Belle Epoque architecture. Its reputed for having hosted Marcel Proust for an extended period. You can feel the reminiscence of past days while walking around the hotel.Rooms are very spacious and hotel is really on the beachfront with great open view. Nice personal and nice breakfast (a bit slow though...). We didn't try tue restaurant at evening as there are bunch of nice restaurants in the main street of Cabourg a stone's throw away. Definitely the place to stay in Cabourg!