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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!
- 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.
- 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.
Still not sure?
- Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Honfleur.
- Alternatively, widen your search and look at all our recommendations in Normandy.
- Or, feel free to contact one of our gurus for advice.
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Best Hotels in Honfleur
A L'Ecole Buissonniere Honfleur 5 rooms from £100Hideaway - Quiet seaside town which inspired Monet, find peace in the romantic interiors, a cider tour or enjoy waterfront restaurantsSights nearby - Deauville and Trouville are just a 10-minute driveGreat walks - To nearby Port d’HonfleurRestaurant - Breakfast only
Le Manoir de la Plage Honfleur 7 rooms from £87Romantic Break - Reputed to be a quiet and remote location, ideal for a couple's weekend near the seaTotal 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 walksTennis - Tennis court are available for hire at 10€ per hour for 2 people
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
Auberge de la Source Barneville-la-Bertran, Normandy 15 rooms from £108Sights nearby - Only 4km from Honfleur and easy access to Deauville.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Full of characterGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
La Petite Folie Honfleur, Normandy 6 rooms from £130Romantic BreakSights nearby - Just steps from Honfleur's old harbourRestrictions on children - Over 10s in two apartments onlyTennisRecommended 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
L'Absinthe Hôtel Honfleur 11 rooms from £134Restaurant - 2 restaurants, La Grenouille & Le Bistro du Port - the former relaxed, the latter gourmet French seafoodViews - Superior rooms have lovely views over the portSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Local markets - Good for local colour.
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
Les Maisons de Léa Honfleur, Normandy 28 rooms from £139Sights nearby - Located bang in the centre of HonfleurFull of characterLocal markets - Good for local colour.Private Hot TubRecommended 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
La Cour Sainte Catherine Honfleur 5 rooms from £139Local exploring - Just two minutes walk from Honfleur port and many other attractionsSights nearby - Five minutes walk away is the Port of Honleur that dates back to the Vikings.Local markets - Good for local colour.
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
La Maison de Lucie Honfleur 12 rooms from £148Sights 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 breakSeaside - 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
Le Manoir des Impressionistes Honfleur 10 rooms from £174Country Escape - A half-timber country house set between the forest and sea.Full of characterSpaRomantic - Good for couples.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
La Chaumiere Honfleur (Route du Littoral) 9 rooms from £204Romantic BreakSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolRestaurant - Recommended.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Michelin Travel
La Ferme Saint Simeon Honfleur 35 rooms from £262Foodies - 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 BreakRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux, Tablet
Le Clos de Grace Honfleur 7 rooms from £265Country 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.
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
Le Domaine d'Ablon Honfleur (Ablon) 4 rooms from £390Active 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 hotelDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
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