Comfort Rouen has many features that make it a desirable place to stay. The first of
these is location. The hotel is situated at the beginning of a pedestrian zone where one
can walk for several blocks and shop at boulangeries or bakeries and
charcuteries or delicatessens and other shops. Next door to the hotel is a small
modern indoor mall. We walked through the mall to get to the subway stop Saint Sever,
located in the street in front of it. It was easy to get to the St. Sever stop via
subway from the national rail station Gare Rive Droite and then simply walk
through the mall to the pedestrian zone. Out the back door, and there was Comfort
Rouen on the right and the pedestrian walkway to the old town center on the left.
The second feature is that the hotel is new--probably constructed at the same time as the
mall next to it. Every surface is fresh without age. Our room had new windows with
nice wood trim. Everything was immaculate, and the nice windows upgraded the room,
which was much larger than some I’ve seen in Europe, but still not huge. From our
bedroom window, we could see Eglise St. Sever, an attractive old church, just
across the cobblestone, and a colorful carousel in the square in front of the church.
Another window in our bath opened on hinges for fresh air, but the absence of curtains
on it created a problem. We felt compelled to cover the window with a towel when we
showered. We had simple furnishings: shelves beside the king bed, a desk and chair, and
wood closet. This hotel is suitable for people who don't require luxury or furniture. We were able to keep our room neat, and we could function.
The accommodating staff create the third good attribute of this hotel. Most speak English.
All will do whatever they can to make guests comfortable. They made us coffee by the
pot, instead of by the cup, and they let us get hot water and ice when we wanted it in our
own containers we could take to our room. Small decencies like this made us more
comfortable here than in more exclusive hotels that have no ice, only minibars, and no
coffee in the rooms.
The fourth feature is price. If you are a smarterliving.com member, you can book this
hotel through their website and receive the "significant organizational savings" rate of 39
euros. That’s unbelievable for this very livable hotel! We think we’ve found the best
deal in France!
We will stay at Comfort Rouen again. They have a restaurant open for breakfast and
again for dinner until 10pm. There is no pool that I could find, but the pool table in the
lobby might be appreciated by some. Front desk has walking maps of attractions.