Rouen, the capital of Normandy in Northern France, is classified as a ‘City of Art and History’, with more than 200 protected sites. For example, the abbey Church of Saint-Ouen is one of the most beautiful gothic monuments in all of France. Then there is Notre Dame Cathedral which was constructed over several centuries and houses monuments to the Dukes of Normandy and the tombs of the cardinals of Amboise. Also the Joan of Arc Museum and Church of Joan of Arc are worthwhile visits. While visiting this lovely city, you will need a place to stay, so here are my best Rouen hotel recommendations for every budget.
Being a travel agent for many years, I am normally the one who recommends that travelers stay away from the “2 star deal” while traveling in Europe. I am making an exception for the first hotel on our list of hotels located in Rouen. It’s a great budget find!
Hotel Morand – 2 star
Hotel Morand is a charming 2 star hotel situated in the historical downtown of Rouen, close to SNCF rail station and in front of the Museum of Beaux Arts. It’s a 10 minute walk to the famous and must-see Rouen Cathedral. The rooms, although simple, feature a traditional French décor and modern conveniences, including everything one needs and expects from a 3 star hotel and, yes,even WiFi.
Rates can be as low as 55 Euros per night without breakfast and the entire hotel is non-smoking. The hotel has character and a rustic quality and is a good value for those looking for a budget property. Hotel parking is not available.
Hotel De la Cathedral – 3 star
Situated right behind the cathedral and the bishops’ residence, Hôtel de la Cathedrale is located in a small pedestrian alley, right in the middle of the old town. Walking distance from the SNCF rail station is about 10 minutes -no need to take a taxi. Rouen is quite small and, therefore, easy to navigate. When I visited the hotel, I found the receptionist to be very kind and helpful, with town maps, restaurant suggestions, etc. The elevator does not take you beyond the 2nd floor, so you over-packers may want to look elsewhere. Rooms are very charming, decorated with baby blues and pastel colors, to complement the traditional 17th century décor. Ask for the rooms overlooking the courtyard they are larger. Breakfast was quite generous with all sorts of cheese, cold cuts, eggs, pastries, fruit, desserts, bread, juice, yogurts, cereals etc. This little gem of a hotel even has a tea lounge that offer’s tea and cakes in the salon in the afternoon. Room rates are from 70-90 Euros.
Hotel DeBourgtheroulde -4 star
Last but not least among this list of recommended hotels, is a 4 star that is worth every Euro charged. The Hotel DeBourgtheroulde is housed in one of the city’s most famous French Renaissance mansions. This relatively new luxury, boutique hotel is located next to the Cathedral and very close proximity to the Gros Horloge and the Place du Vieux Marche.
This hotel has the charm of a 16th century Heritage-listed building while offering the latest in modern comfort and technology. It features a beautifully appointed spa “Spa du drap d’Or” and a state of the art fitness center. All the rooms come with all the bells and whistles, including Wifi that one would expect of a 4 star hotel. If you are looking for a room with lots of space, spring for the Junior suite, the bathroom is on a second level and the rooms have beautiful wood beams and luxury linens. Rates start at 215 Euros per night and the hotel offers packages that include dinner and/or spa treatments.
Written by Carla Scott for EuropeUpClose.com