The last place I visited in France before heading off to Japan was the small city/town of Rouen in Normandy. It’s quite a nice little place, with a few things to see none of which take an awful amount of time. It had its old town which is genuinely very attractive and lovely to walk around and it’s also famous for being the place where Joan of Arc met her end.
Here my wife and I stayed at the charming ‘Ermitage Bouquet’. I have to be honest, the name is a little off putting. I half expected all the rooms to be heavily scented and for there to be portraits of flowers on every wall. Thankfully that was not the case.
We arrived at the main train station. I had looked at a map and was excited at where the Gare de Rouen was in relation to this Bread and Breakfast, but that was not the station we arrived at. So it wasn’t nearly as good a location as I was hoping it would be. In fact it was quite a way from the centre of town, a good 30 minutes plus walk.
Downhill though! And also there is a sort of metro/underground tram that runs up and down the main road to the Gare de Rouen. A three-day pass wasn’t very expensive. The problem was then it was a hike up a pretty long, steep hill to the Ermitage Bouquet.
That was the biggest minus. We had a friendly receptionist who was happy to speak English, and it was up a flight of stairs to our room in this lovely old, but renovated building.
Up the wooden stairs to our room. I was really spacious, there was a nice desk area with a TV and room for us both (which doesn’t always happen). A cupboard as well, a large window, and the bed was large and comfortable.
The bathroom was bigger than it looked too with a towel drying rack. The shower had good pressure and a massage function which seem to be all the rage these days. Truth be told it’s far from being an essential feature and it was quite tricky to work out how to get the setting you wanted, but it’s still a mild plus I guess.
There was breakfast available, can’t remember how much it was, around 14 Euro or possibly a little more, we chose not to take it. The room was around $90AUD which would be a little over 60 Euros at a guess. Considering we weren’t in the centre of town and it wasn’t a major city, this was probably about right for the room.
All in all it would have been perfect in the centre of town, but even with an uphill hike to get there it was a pretty good choice and I’d stay there again.
Value for Money : 3/5
Total: 16.5/25 (66/100)
Thanks for reading, May the Journey Never End!