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.
How to Get There
Very nice old époque hotel, many movie stars stayed there. A final scene of Untouchable was shot in their restaurant on terrace. Restaurant is gastronomique, better book in advance. Breakfast is soooooo good ????
I am completely blown away by the beauty of this hotel, its breakfast, decor, as well as backyard...which is the beautiful beach of Normandy. The hallways somehow evoke a feeling of the shining...if the movie wasn't a horror movie. I came with my family and have been dying to go back since. Would recommend anyone who can afford it to take a visit there.
Very nice, atmospheric, imposing hotel with spacious rooms, excellent service, magnificent views. All personnel were friendly, courteous, low profile and very efficient. Every possible wish we had during our stay was taken care of. Professional, highly trained staff, they know how to treat their guests. A proper 5* hotel.