“A simple guesthouse with a superb location in olde worlde Honfleur, probably the prettiest harbour town in northern France”
Rooms at Maison des Loges are in 3 connecting houses, each with 3 floors, including a modern 'vertical' wing. Walls are straw-coloured, lamps and bathroom tiles flame orange, bedcovers prune and beige; it might sound odd but it works. Rooms have all you'll need: phone, flatscreen multi-channel TV and free WiFi. We liked the cobblestone-patterned carpets, a nod to Honfleur's medieval streets outside.
Most rooms can be double or twin-bedded. In the modern wing there are 2 Triple Rooms, one with 3 single beds, one with a double and a single (no. 32), where we stayed. Below the triples, ground-floor Double Room no. 31, is set up for disabled access, but it doesn't get much natural light. Our favourite rooms were nos. 25 (double) and 26 (twin) on the third floor: quiet and a bit larger, with gorgeous views over medieval rooftops. A romantic option no. 17, an attic room at the front, which has roof beams and great views down the street. If you’re a light sleeper, ground-floor Double Rooms 11 and 12 are the ones to avoid.
A fourth house, at the back, holds a charming 3-storey self-catering cottage for 4-5, with its own cute walled courtyard. La Maison de Louise retains its original features and is decorated with a mix of vintage pieces, although the new kitchen is smartly modern. The living room on the ground floor has a fireplace and armchairs, plus dining for 4. There’s a generous double bed on the first floor, while the floor above has 3 singles, making it ideal for a family. You also get views across the rooftops to the rear. The bathroom is accessed through the master bedroom, so its not suitable for two couples.
The only meal available at Maison des Loges is breakfast, served in a compact terracotta-tiled room behind the entrance lobby. During the quieter winter months, it moves along the road to sister Hotel du Dauphin, so that the atmosphere remains sociable. The continental buffet (excluded from room rates) includes regional ham and fromage, cereals, confiture du lait, maybe yoghurt, fruit salad or hard-boiled eggs - but no hot dishes.
Don't forget to claim your free afternoon tea as your treat for booking through i-escape, served at Hotel du Dauphin down the road.
If staying in La Maison de Louise, you can choose the hotel breakfast or self-cater. Its compact but stylish red kitchen is off the ground floor living / dining room, with a small stove, microwave, coffee percolator, dishwasher, basic cooking ingredients, and cheery red-white crockery. We enjoyed stocking up at the food markets beside the church (Saturdays and Wednesdays), and the nearby boulangeries and delis.
You would need at least a week to eat your way through all the town’s superb restaurants - apparently there’s one restaurant for every 80 inhabitants! Le Breard (closed Weds), is just a few steps away and combines the freshest Norman ingredients with international tastes to great effect. We also had a lovely classic French bistro lunch at Côté Resto beside the church, loving the grilled fish in five varieties followed by chocolate mousse combo from the set menu. For those a small budget, we liked the traditional fare found at La Bouillon Normand, across the Vieux Bassin, which also has a child's menu.
Children of all ages are very welcome. Cots are free if you book through i-escape, and extra beds are also available, under 10's get a free breakfast.
We think a trip to Honfleur would make a great short break with a baby or small child, particularly if you live close to one of the ferry ports running to Dieppe or Le Havre. There's enough to do nearby - from exploring pretty Honfleur to enjoying the seaside resort of Trouville and eating lots of lovely food (book a babysitter for the evening for the full effect).
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Bag a Triple Room if you're coming with one child or a child and a baby; most of the Double Rooms aren't that spacious, particularly with a cot in them. If your family is bigger or you feel you'd need more space, the cottage is a great idea, sleeping a maximum of 2 adults and 3 children in 2 separate bedrooms, plus kitchen, little courtyard garden and living/dining room.
Babysitting available by arrangement. See rates.
Baby listening/monitors available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Breakfast is the only meal served, but you won't have to go far to find a café or restaurant. Under 10s breakfast for free. The self-catering cottage has its own kitchen and there are markets in Honfleur on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Most of the restaurants will have children's menus.
The stairs are very steep throughout the hotel and there's no lift. The hotel opens up right onto the road but there's not much traffic.