Rouen’s intricate but foreboding Gothic Cathedral, in its beautiful medieval quarter, is one of this historic city’s main attractions. The cathedral inspired Monet to paint numerous canvases, Richard the Lionheart’s heart is kept in one of the tombs and Joan of Arc was burned in the main square in the 15th Century. This is also where Gustav Flaubert was born. And many of the best places to stay in Rouen are in or very close to the historic centre of town.
Our Guru’s pick of the best places to stay in Rouen tend to be smaller, independent hotels or family run B&Bs.
Rouen is only around an hour and a half drive from Paris, and around two hours from the EuroTunnel, so many visitors will arrive with a car - but park it up, this is a perfect sized city for exploring on foot, or by bike.
Some of the city’s other highlights are
Not all of Rouen has been as well preserved as the cathedral, and the city did suffer bombing during WW2. The impressively Gothic law courts are a restoration of the 16th Century original.
The city is a popular destination, so if you're planning a visit, get organised and reserve your bed in one the best places to stay in Rouen now!
A charming B&B. Just two rooms and one suite (sleeps 4) in the eaves of a half-timbered bakery. Wooden beams, stone floors, and comfortable beds. Fresh bread for breakfast! A great choice for groups and families, and great value.
A simple townhouse bed & breakfast offering unfussy rooms with stunning views of the Cathedral. Bedrooms are elegant in shades of white with parquet floors & some have private balconies. Close to main shopping streets, there is lots local exploring on the doorstep & plenty of restaurants nearby.
A beautiful and historic manor house B&B in the city centre. Stunning rooms and one cottage furnished immaculately in creams with pretty fabrics, painting and antiques. Lovely garden, parking spot, and close to all the attractions. Romantic and family friendly.