Tucked away 20 minutes from Bayeux sits Château d’Audrieu, an 11th-century chateau that was converted in the 18th century into a much grander estate. Later commandeered by the Nazi SS as a headquarters during the Battle of Normandy, this now 5-star property is teeming with history.
Hôtel Reine Mathilde
A modern hotel yet full of traditional Norman touches, Hôtel Reine Mathilde is a welcoming introduction to the region. Located squarely in the heart of Bayeux, off one of the main cobbled shopping streets and just round the corner from Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reine Mathilde is ideally positioned for exploring the town. The World War II beaches are also easily accessible by car.
Rooms are divided between two buildings: Reine Mathilde, the main house, and Maison de Mathilde across the road and tucked down a quiet side street. Most rooms are large and decorated in relaxing neutral tones. Some offer views of Notre-Dame Cathedral while others overlook the Aure River flowing through Bayeux.
Mathilde’s Le Garde Manger restaurant is open all day and their simple menu offers an assortment of classic regional dishes, served either in the dining room or on the terrace with views of the cathedral.
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Spread over two buildings, the rooms are relatively large and all have modern amenities such as air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. All rooms are decorated with contemporary décor with monotone palettes and splashes of floral or patterned furnishings. Bathrooms are modern with either bath or shower, and with views either onto the private courtyard of Maison de Mathilde, onto the street, or over the rooftops, with the cathedral in the distance.
Hôtel Reine Mathilde is ideally situated in Bayeux, with Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Bayeux Tapestry just a five-minute walk away, and Omaha Beach less than a half hour’s drive away. Given its location on one of the main shopping streets in Bayeux, this hotel is also well placed for evening exploration.
Food and drink
A buffet featuring hot and cold breakfast options is served daily in the dining room or on the terrace with views of Notre-Dame Cathedral beyond the rooftops. La Garde Manger is the on-site restaurant offering service all day from their small menu featuring classic Norman dishes. Should you wish to take a quick walk to another restaurant, the staff will direct you to some of their recommended spots.
We love this hotel for its simplicity of style (in keeping with Norman traditions), its friendly service and spacious modern rooms. Hôtel Reine Mathilde also boasts an enviable location in the heart of Bayeux, just a short walk from the cathedral.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Less than a ten-minute walk from the heart of Bayeux sits Hôtel d’Argouges, a hotel so steeped in history you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time throughout your stay. The light, airy rooms and garden offer a peaceful hideaway during your time in Normandy.
Hotel Villa Lara is a modern hotel that offers spacious rooms and friendly service. Located in the heart of Bayeux just a short walk from the Bayeux Cathedral and tapestry, it's an excellent base from which to explore this historic town.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Visit the poignant beaches of the D-Day landings on this full-day guided tour to Utah and Omaha Beaches, the American landing points in this brutal but pivotal battle. You also get a chance to visit the American Cemetery nearby.