Hotel le Saint Georges

51 Ave Andry, Ouistreham, 14150, France
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Metamorphorsis of a Mansion

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 1, 2015

We have stayed in the hotel a couple of times, the last being in 2013.
It is in a good position, was reasonably priced and convenient for the Ferry - particularly for early morning departures.
We realised then that changes were taking place - there was a new chef with “credentials” and a newly decorated restaurant - bright if a little garish to my taste with echoes of “fin du siecle” in the overall design. Somebody else described it as “eclectic”.

But our room - smallish but clean and comfortable with an ensuite shower room was fine and it had a really good view to the beach, and the twisting blade of the Sword Memorial was visible alongside the Memorial to Comamnder Phillipe Kieffer and his group of Free French raiders who took part in the raid on Sword Beach on June 6 1944.
The narrow steepish stairs were a bit difficult for me but were the only negative apart from very high price wines in the restaurant, where the meal we had was not only very good but not over priced.
We did not need an overnight stay in 2015 but wandered by there when we went for a walk before our ferry left.
More Changes to see - carpark and gardens at the rear have been much improved though I missed the unusual breed of fluffy white hens that had roamed the chicken run!

From the revised web site it seems another change of ownership/managementt may have taken place and it also gives an interesting history of the building itself.

Built in 1868 by a wealthy Paris business man as a family seaside retreat, by the years leading up to the outbreak of WW2 it had become an hotel.
But in 1940 it was commandeered by the occupying forces and became the Headquarters of the District German Command
That lasted until June 6th 1944 when it became the first building to be liberated in Ouistreham by Commander Kieffer and his Commando

Eventually it resumed its positon as one of the towns smart hotels and was named Le St.Georges in honour of the British. Liberators..
The wheel has turned yet again and it has resumed its original name so is now
Hotel Villa Andry

P.S. Anyone interested in the history of WW2 would find the story of Commander Kieffer fascinating . You see his name in so many places - often on a road named after him . Until now all I knew was that he had joined the Free French Forces, but he seems to have been a most unusual man who was already in his 40s when he took up the call to arms.

Unique Quality: Very good location, good views from rooms at the corner, Close to many attractions and WW2 Memorials and Museums ; a Casino for those that like that kind of thing,
Good beaches and a good base from which to explore Basse Normandie specially Calvados and Pays d'Auge...

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Amenities at Hotel le Saint Georges

  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Free High Speed Internet

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