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About Honfleur

Visitors often feel there is something strangely familiar about the beautiful, traditional Norman port town of Honfleur. The town was a particular favourite with the Impressionist painters. Local artist Eugene Boudin encouraged his contemporaries down from Paris and many were inspired by the beauty of this Seine-side region.There are other good reasons to visit though and some of the best places to stay in Honfleur to enjoy them.

Honfleur: Artist's Muse

As well as the charm of the light, Honfleur's architecture must be a pleasure to paint. The majority still seems to be timber, propped up by grander stone mansions. It all fits together along narrow alleyways in a pleasingly neat way.

Honfleur's official gallery has Monets, Courbets and of course Boudins all depicting the town in different meteorological states. Honfleur's reputation as a muse results in a very high rate of galleries per capita. As well as the studios showing landscapes of Honfleur you can also find all sorts of other art.

Taste of Honfleur

Before high tide, Honfleur harbour is a hive of activity as its fleet of fishing boats return - bringing back today's déjeuner or souper to be served in the cafes and restaurants which line the harbour.

The French themselves come here for the food and the local style (a la normande) is thick, buttery and creamy.

History of Honfleur

Many of Honfleur's historic sights are in the L'Enclos area around the old port. This is also where you can find the wonderful old buildings of the port authority, now a marine museum and the salt halls.

Sainte-Catherine is the area around the great wooden Sainte-Catherine church, the largest wooden church in France, built by ship builders around 1500. This is where many of the best restaurants, galleries and big markets can be found..

As well as the Impressionists, Honfleur was also home to composer musician Satie and his lively museum is certainly worth a visit.

Not To Miss

  • Be sure to visit the stunning 15th century Saint Catherine's Church - you will feel like you've been transported back in time!
  • Le Vieux Bassin, Honfleur's pretty old port, is a great place to wander around before sitting down to enjoy a coffee in one of the bustling cafes.
  • The Naturospace Butterfly House, set amidst an exotic garden of flowers and tropical trees, is a delightful spot. You will meet a wide range of rare butterflies with a variety of colours - the kids will love it.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Honfleur are perfect bases for getting the best, both culturally and gastronomically, out of this charming seaside town.

The Best places to stay in Honfleur

For families and those on a budget

  • Les Manoirs De Tourgeville enjoys a rural setting within a Norman manor. Boasting large contemporary suites and with plenty of activities on offer nearby it is a top family spot.

For central location

  • L'Absinthe Hôtel, set in a 16th century presbytery, offers smart individually decorated rooms with whirlpool baths and with 2 great restaurants to choose from.
  • The 18th century La Maison de Lucie boasts smartly decorated rooms as well as a verdant courtyard. Come back after a day out to unwind in the cellar spa or grab a drink in the elegant bar.
  • Hotel Vent D'Ouest enjoys a central location in nearby Le Havre. Ideally suited to explore all the city has to offer, you can stay in either a bedroom or book yourself one of their three apartments. Relax in the billard room or the cosy sitting rooms.


  • Les Maisons de Lea is perfect if you like to be right in the centre of things. This B&B is set in four 17th Century buildings all decorated in different styles and joined with a series of winding staircases and hallways. It gives the feeling of staying in an eccentric private home.
  • A L'Ecole Buissonniere is a pretty B&B with charming, cosy rooms featuring exposed brick walls and French windows. Offering just 5 rooms it is located right by all the sights. An intimate city stay.
  • The vine-clad La Cour Sainte Catherine, set in a former convent, is a shabby-chic B&B in the centre of town. Simply charming.
  • La Petite Folie is a splendid B&B, providing gorgeous rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings, cosy fireplaces and various contemporary furnishings. A superb stay!

For foodies

  • Although slightly out of town, the Auberge de la Source will fit the bill for anyone who likes a chic gourmet retreat.
  • The 5* La Ferme Saint Simeon, located a few minutes away from the coast offers superb accommodation and divine dining. With a rooftop terrace offering sea views and a spoiling spa, you are bound to fall in love with the place.
  • Chateau de Saint Maclou La Campagne is set in a gorgeous rural chateau. Boasting four enormous rooms with exposed wooden beams, stone walls and lovely fireplaces.

For A Beach Break

  • La Chaumiere is a wonderfully romantic coastal spot, sandwiched between the sea and tranquil gardens. Stay in smart contemporary rooms with wooden influences, and if you don't fancy a dip in the sea then there's an indoor pool instead.

For An Apartment Or Villa

If you'd rather the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Honfleur is never exactly scorching and is nicest in the summer months - the average daily temperature climbs to 18°C in July. So you may be best off visiting around this time, though this is also peak tourist season.
  • If you fancy coming at a quieter time then consider visiting in September when the weather is still nice enough to enjoy sightseeing and the beaches.
  • Visitors can fly into Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport, located just 15 minutes south of Honfleur. Ryanair fly here from London Stansted twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.
  • From here, take bus number 20 to Honfleur city centre.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Honfleur

  • A L'Ecole Buissonniere Honfleur 5 rooms from £100

    Hideaway  -  Quiet seaside town which inspired Monet, find peace in the romantic interiors, a cider tour or enjoy waterfront restaurants
    Sights nearby  -  Deauville and Trouville are just a 10-minute drive
    Great walks  -  To nearby Port d’Honfleur
    Restaurant  -  Breakfast only
    RestaurantParkingNo pets

    Pretty B&B in former schoolhouse. Rooms feature exposed brick walls, cozy lighting, modern bathrooms and big French windows. Restaurant serving fresh daily breakfasts, sun terrace to enjoy. Walkable to most of the town's delights. A charming Normandy stay. See More

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  • Le Manoir de la Plage Honfleur 7 rooms from £87

    Romantic Break  -  Reputed to be a quiet and remote location, ideal for a couple's weekend near the sea
    Total relaxation  -  Remote, quiet and relaxing facilities (sauna, swimming pool and hydrotherapy)
    Beach Life  -  The beach is on the doorstep of the manor, perfect for sunset walks
    Tennis  -  Tennis court are available for hire at 10€ per hour for 2 people
    TennisSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    Majestic seaside manor with rooms decorated in a charismatic mix of traditional French decor and contemporary style. Switch off and enjoy a hydrotherapy massage or a session in the infrared sauna. Start your morning off with a fresh breakfast by the sea. Peaceful location with impressive sunsets. See More

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  • Auberge de la Source Barneville-la-Bertran, Normandy 15 rooms from £108

    Sights nearby  -  Only 4km from Honfleur and easy access to Deauville.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A delightful timbered farmhouse with fantastic restaurant. Rustic chic interiors with high wooden beamed ceilings and lots of light. Rooms, suites, and family suites with sumptuous beds chalet-style. A peaceful rural setting for families, groups, or friends. See More

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  • La Petite Folie Honfleur, Normandy 6 rooms from £130

    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Just steps from Honfleur's old harbour
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 10s in two apartments only
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    Fabulous boutique B&B with rooms and self-catering apartments. Individually designed rooms with great attention to detail - from lashings of modern style to cosy fireplaces and vaulted ceilings. Ideal for couples, groups of friends, or those looking for the privacy of an apartment. See More

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  • L'Absinthe Hôtel Honfleur 11 rooms from £134

    Restaurant  -  2 restaurants, La Grenouille & Le Bistro du Port - the former relaxed, the latter gourmet French seafood
    Views  -  Superior rooms have lovely views over the port
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    Charming, former 16th century presbytery in the centre of Honfleur. Individually furnished rooms offer an elegant mélange of wood, leather, velvet and stone and a luxurious whirlpool bath to boot. Come to Honfleur to explore the cobbled streets and the coast littered with WW1 memorials. See More

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  • Les Maisons de Léa Honfleur, Normandy 28 rooms from £139

    Sights nearby  -  Located bang in the centre of Honfleur
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Private Hot Tub
    RestaurantPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A unique hotel B&B set in three different buildings in central Honfleur. Rooms, suites, and a private cottage all beautifully decorated in different styles: rustic farmhouse, Mediterranean, loft conversion. The bathrooms have huge bathtubs, some with private hot tubs. Fantastic. See More

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  • La Cour Sainte Catherine Honfleur 5 rooms from £139

    Local exploring  -  Just two minutes walk from Honfleur port and many other attractions
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk away is the Port of Honleur that dates back to the Vikings.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    GardenNo pets

    A beautiful vine-clad convent come B&B in the picturesque port town of Honfleur. Shabby-chic rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature vintage artwork and posters. A continental breakfast is served, whilst plenty of restaurants are in walking distance. Or visit the famed Camembert producers. See More

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  • La Maison de Lucie Honfleur 12 rooms from £148

    Sights nearby  -  Close to Mont St Michel, the Normandy Landing Beaches and Deauville, Trouville and Etretat.
    Great walks  -  Climb to the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Grâce.
    Short break
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A cozy 18th century hotel with undeniable French charm and romance. Airy, elegant rooms, a verdant courtyard and terrace. A cellar spa hot tub and large, lofty suites showcase the hotel's relaxed environment. Close to lots of exciting restaurants in this picturesque northwestern port. See More

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  • Le Manoir des Impressionistes Honfleur 10 rooms from £174

    Country Escape  -  A half-timber country house set between the forest and sea.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    SpaRestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A striking half-timber house set in lovely mature gardens between a forest and the sea. Charming traditional rooms are individually styled with classic french patterns, antiques and soft hues. A produce inspired restaurant is fantastic and there's a pool and small spa to boot. See More

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  • La Chaumiere Honfleur (Route du Littoral) 9 rooms from £204

    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A gorgeous little hotel with chic rooms on the seafront. Large airy rooms and suites with contemporary furnishings and artistic flair. Fabulous restaurant, gardens and terraces, and immediate access to the beach. A great spot for a romantic break. See More

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  • La Ferme Saint Simeon Honfleur 35 rooms from £262

    Foodies  -  Le Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant that specialises in regional cuisine.
    Spa breaks  -  La Ferme de Beaute is a fully equipped spa with Turkish hammam and body wraps.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Tablet

    A fabulous Five Star hotel on the coast of Hornfleur. Top of the range spa with Turkish hammam, a fine dining restaurant, stunning rooms and suites, roof top terrace with sea views. The perfect spot to unwind in, for the luxury traveller. See More

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  • Le Clos de Grace Honfleur 7 rooms from £265

    Country Escape  -  A secluded estate set in picturesque Normany countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the beautiful Église Ste-Catherine a wooden church dating back to the late 15th century.
    Cooking classes  -  Take cookery lessons in the hotel's kitchen taken by a renowned pastry chef from Honfleur.
    Great walks  -  Embark on long walks along the scenic coast.
    RestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets

    A beautifully restored property in a tranquil spot just outside Honfleur. Spacious rooms perfectly mix modern and traditional styles with wooden floors, enormous sash windows and a choice selection of antiques. An indoor pool, wellness centre and manicured gardens make this a very relaxing stay. See More

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  • Le Domaine d'Ablon Honfleur (Ablon) 4 rooms from £390

    Active Holiday  -  Get out into the countryside and explore by bike, foot or horse back.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn how to cook dishes of the region in a class run by the hotel's chef.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking

    A chic rural property set just outside Hornfleur. Rooms mix contemporary and traditional styles; dotted with artworks and antiques, the best have roll-top baths. Regional dishes can be sampled in the restaurant and days can be spent walking, horse riding or cycling. A charming rural escape. See More

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