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About Rouen

A fascinating historic city, Rouen is famed for its imposing Gothic cathedral, visible from a great distance as you approach by road. Just two hours from the Euro Tunnel and even closer to Paris, Rouen brims with attractions for culture and heritage buffs. Accommodation options include simple, self-catering apartments as well as swish spa hotels, catering to couples, families or friends travelling together. Many of the best places to stay in Rouen are close enough to the city centre for travellers to explore the sights on foot or by bicycle — particularly lovely in the spring and summer months.

One of Normandy’s most vibrant cultural hubs, Rouen has an enchanting medieval quarter, filled with museums, churches and boutiques. Peer into the striking Notre Dame Cathedral, admire works by the likes of Pissarro, Monet — inspired by the cathedral — and Renoir at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, and delve into the life of Jeanne d’Arc as you stroll around the square in which she spent her final moments. The Gothic Law Courts, largely destroyed during WWII bombings, have been meticulously restored, as have the Eglise St-Maclou and a number of other key buildings, some of which are open to the public. For panoramic views, clamber up the Colline Sainte-Catherine, alongside the Seine. Active travellers will find ample opportunities to walk, cycle and horse ride in the area.

Our list of the best places to stay in Rouen also includes a rural favourite for those dreaming of countryside bliss or a romantic wedding.

The Best Places to Stay in Rouen

For an Intimate Stay

  • Hotel le Cardinal is a 15-room B&B with stunning cathedral views. Some rooms have space for families, whilst others boast private balconies. Small, modern and good value — just moments from shops and restaurants.
  • Une Chambre dans l'Atelier de R is a charming one-bedroom apartment in the heart of the old town. Pick this place for the simple, attractive interiors, the central location and the self-catering options. The host provides continental breakfasts on request. Lovely and affordable.

For a Spa Break

  • Spa Hotel de Bourgtheroulde promises a five-star stay in the heart of Rouen. Spacious contemporary rooms are tucked within a heritage building, along with a deluxe 700m square spa, indoor swimming pool and excellent brasserie. Treatments include regenerating plant scrubs and wonderful Ayurvedic massages. A superb city spa hotel.

For a Rural Escape

  • Château Hotel de Belmesnil is a beautifully restored residence, only 20 minutes' drive from Rouen. With six hectares of gardens, elegant rooms and gorgeous reception rooms for romantic weddings or memorable parties, this is a very special rural escape. Romantic and relaxing.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, just under two hours' drive from Rouen, or to a smaller regional hub. You can also catch the Eurostar from London, via Paris, in around 4 hours. There are excellent bus and ferry routes into Normandy, too.
  • Normandy is brilliant for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel during the spring or summer for the best weather, with temperatures peaking at around 22°C in July and August — although this is the busiest time of year. Winters can be cool and windy.

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Best Hotels in Rouen

  • Une Chambre dans L'Atelier de R Rouen (Normandy) 1 rooms from £78

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Rouen on a picturesque street, this is an easy base to explore the city's main attractions from
    Romantic Break  -  This apartment is the perfect size for a couple's getaway; couple's love the convenient location and the cosy apartment
    Hideaway  -  Hideaway on your next holiday in this pretty, self-contained one-bedroom apartment
    Local markets  -  Wander round Marché St Marc, a local farmer's market, and see how the locals shop
    ParkingNo pets

    This charming, one-bedroom apartment is located in the heart of the old town in Rouen. Interiors are simple and elegant with some heritage furnishings and crisp white linens; self-catering facilities are available in the property. Enjoy a traditional continental breakfast by the host. A cosy stay. See More

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  • Hotel le Cardinal, Rouen Rouen 15 rooms from £117

    Local exploring  -  Well set in the Old Quarter of Rouen meaning the city's main attractions plus restaurants and shops are within walking distance
    City Style  -  A chic modern hotel with fabulous views over view of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Rouen
    Great walks  -  Take a tour of the Rouen on foot strolling through the alleyways lined with houses with half-timbered facades
    Sights nearby  -  Wandering around and inside the impressive view of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Rouen is a must
    Disabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Chateau Hotel de Belmesnil Rouen (St. Denis le Thiboult) 10 rooms from £135

    Romantic Break  -  Offering a secluded setting and suites which boast whirlpool tubs large enough for two, make this a romantic base
    Country Escape  -  A relaxing stay in a tranquil spot surrounded by pretty Normandy countryside
    Great walks  -  Discover miles of walking trails through the picturesque countryside
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  The four suites feature whirlpool tubs
    Air conditioningGardenPet friendlyParking

    A picture perfect chateau boasting a secluded spot in Normandy. Elegant rooms are traditionally dressed with sunny hues, antiques and indulgent bathrooms. Beautifully restored reception rooms are ideal for glamorous events. A charming French escape. See More

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  • Spa Hotel de Bourgtheroulde Rouen 78 rooms from £152

    Local exploring  -  The ideal launchpad for exploring this stunning Norman capital, right in the heart of Rouen's historic centre.
    Business meetings  -  Centrally located with excellent conference rooms facilities, it's perfect for business meetings.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Church of St Joan of Arc less than two minutes walk away.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A classy five-star hotel in the heart of Rouen. Comfortable, spacious rooms with a deluxe spa and pool. Check out the traditional regional cuisine at Brasserie des 2 Rois. Visit the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and explore the rich history of Normandy's capital. See More

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