Published by Lyn on 8 May 2016
I stayed at Hotel Le Louvre in Cherbourg when I was cycling in Normandy. Here's what I thought of it.
This is a friendly, central hotel that’s ideal for cyclists needing a stopover before or after catching a ferry.
However Cherbourg is also on the EuroVelo 4 / Tour de Manche routes and it’s worth a stop in its own right, particularly for the excellent Cite de la Mer, an exploration of the underway world. For anyone interested in war history, the city played a significant role in the Battle of Normandy and Liberation Museum is a good place to start. It will be particularly poignant if you’re making your way (or have made your way) around the coast to the D-Day landing sites.
5 things we liked
1. Hotel Le Louvre is an accueil velo accredited hotel, and it has excellent, secure bike storage facilities: there’s a secure hotel carpark, though this is open and available to other guests during the daytime, as well as a second, smaller remote controlled garage that’s opened and closed by reception. This is where I parked up for the night and I felt very comfortable that the next day I’d find my bike exactly where I left it. Given the number of bicycles already tucked away in the garage, I wasn’t the only one to think so.
2. Location. The hotel is close to the waterfront and to the marina (where I saw the sun come up as I pedalled to the station the next day). It’s also within walking distance to bars and cafes, meaning there was no need to get the bike back out once it was tucked away.
3. Kettle in the room. This is a small thing, but one I love every time. Seriously, who doesn’t like relaxing in their room with a cup of tea or coffee before they crawl into bed?
4. Breakfast was a lovely spread of cereals, breads, pastries and jams, dried fruits, three different types of juice, cold meats and boiled eggs. There were also kiwi fruit, apples and bananas, one of which I added to my pannier.
5. The room itself was clean and spacious. There was a built-in wardrobe, where I hung my kit and jacket to dry, and the bathroom was equally specious, with a power shower that didn’t disappoint.
Would I stay here again? Yes.