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About Le Havre

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.

  • The Hotel Vent d'Ouest is a small hotel and apartment complex close to the sea, and some of Le Havre's best shopping and restaurants. Its three rooms and three self-catering apartments have private balconies and nice views, and there's a cosy sitting room, a billiards room and even a meeting room.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Le Havre for you?

Best Hotels in Le Havre

  • Hotel Vent d'Ouest 3 rooms from $114

    Le Havre

    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.

    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Right in the centre of Le Havre
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