Fodor's Expert Review Normandy-Barrière

38 rue Jean-Mermoz, Deauville, Normandy, 14804, France Fodor's Choice

This hotel—its facade a riot of pastel-green timbering, checkerboard walls, and Anglo-Norman balconies—has been a town landmark since it opened in 1912, and crowds still pack the place. Thanks to a makeover by Jacques Garcia (France's most aristo decorator), its grand salons now overflow with needlepoint sofas, fin-de-siècle chandeliers, and 19th-century armchairs; the courtyard is its outdoor counterpart, with a grassy patio surrounded by a spectacular panoply of turrets and balconies. A regional menu is served in La Belle Époque, the snazzy restaurant set in a grand hall which, on a bright night, after a couple of bottles of Dom Pérignon, glitters like the salons of Versailles.

PROS

  • grand interiors
  • luxurious amenities
  • Deauville's place to be seen

CONS

  • some elements of kitschy bombast
  • patronizing service

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -02–31–98–66–22 | 800-223–5652-for U.S. reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

291 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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