Le Havre is a busy port city at the mouth of the mighty Seine, right on the English Channel. Le Havre means harbour in French, and Le Havre has always been the working port of Paris, a place where goods were moved from ship to barge, then up the river and into the capital. The best places to stay in Le Havre are great bases whether you're passing through either to or from a ferry or planning to stay longer and explore the area.
Its historic importance is why it was so heavily bombed in WWII, but this devastation lead to Le Havre's spectacular redesign - by Belgian architect Auguste Perret, who created a bright, modern city, well deserved of the UNESCO Heritage status it now has.
These days Le Havre is also a cruise-ship port, and home to one of the world's greatest impressionist art museums, the Musee Malrax. And you're just across the river from pretty Hornfleur...
Our pick of the best places to stay in Le Havre is right in the centre of town and ideally located for both beach and night life.
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A small understated hotel close to the sea and not far from the shopping and restaurants. Bedrooms over three floors and three apartments with private balconies. Billiards room, meeting rooms, and cosy sitting rooms. Great for short stays or longer business stop overs.