At once a hotel and self-catering establishment, the Villa Gardenia offers basic yet comfortable accommodation on the Deauville seafront. The décor may not be to everyone's taste, but the hotel has a few assets such as its wellness facilities and location. For the most part clean, tidy and well maintained, the Villa Gardenia would suit all size groups of travellers for varying lengths of stay in the town. It lacks the charm of some of the other places to stay in Deauville but does have everything one needs for a seaside break.
The Villa Gardenia is situated on rue Jean Mermoz, just a few steps from the Deauville seafront. It is probably one of the best placed hotels in town as not only is it on top of the beach but it is a few minutes' walk from the town centre with its shops, restaurants and bars, and the Trouville-Deauville train station be reached on foot in under five minutes. The Deauville-St. Gatien Airport is around a 10-minute car ride away.
The Villa Gardenia is part of the Pierre & Vacances chain of hotels known mainly for their self-catering properties all over France. The hotel opened its doors 10 years ago and is open all year round. Surprisingly, the hotel has not carried out a renovation since its opening, something that is starting to show here and there.
A large, typical Norman house is the setting for the Villa Gardenia, with its green timbers, balconies and gable roofs. The exterior is embellished with trees and plants and promises much. The spacious lobby is one that guests will feel welcome in, with plenty of seating to relax in after a long journey and some nice touches such as traditional murals and greenery dotted around the place. It doesn't have much character (like the staff behind the reception desk) but it is nonetheless agreable and functional.
In terms of fitness and wellness facilities, the hotel offers a heated indoor pool open until 9pm, two decent sized hammams and a modest fitness room with cardio machines. These are not the most complete nor atmospheric facilities in Deauville but are more than one might expect to find in a self-catering establishment such as this.
The public areas of the hotel are, in general, lacking charm and in some cases are quite bleak. The corridors in the apartment half of the complex have quite low ceilings and resemble caves while those on the hotel room part have sea life transfers lining the top of their walls. Some of the floors and walls are a little dirty and certain areas could do with a lick of paint after a decade of being left idle. There is complimentary wifi in the lobby only while those arriving in their own cars can leave them outside the hotel on the road for free or in the underground car park for 10? per night.
The make-up of the Villa Gardenia is roughly one third guestrooms (23) and two thirds apartments (41). The former is quite spacious at 25m² and has a small corridor upon entry leading to the main bedroom. You'll find a closet here with a safe as well as the partly black and white tiled small but clean bathroom which has a bathtub/shower combination heated towel rack, hairdryer and Keiji toiletries. The room itself is very simple with just two basic desks and a swivel chair as furniture, beside the shabbily dressed queen bed on which are placed the bathrobes. The room is equipped with a flatscreen television and has a tiny balcony which looks either on to the gardens or the sea (full or side view). If it wasn't for the picture above the bed, the rooms would look even emptier than it already does.
There are a range of apartments available, accommodating between four and eight people each with one main bedroom and then one or two twin rooms and/or hideaway beds. Each apartment consists of a spacious, fully equipped kitchen (fridge-freezer, hob, dishwasher, crockery, utensils, oven, Nespresso machine) as well as a dining/living area with dining table, chairs and sofa beds. While the furniture style and décor (kitsch lighthouse lamps, life-belts etc) may not be to everyone's taste, but the space is clean. A nice touch is the complimentary bottle of pear cider and the sweets left on the table for guests. If you need to clean up during your stay, you will find everything you need in the closet in the kitchen including broom, mop and vacuum cleaner. The bedrooms are fairly small (especially the twin rooms) but comfortable and have some storage space while the bathrooms (bathtub/shower combination) are relatively spacious and boast The Green Deep toiletries. For the best views, try and bag a room on the fourth floor facing the sea where the rooms have mansard roofs.
Being a largely self-catering establishment, the breakfast is more of an afterthought here at the Villa Gardenia. While the buffet is perfectly honourable, it is not quite as complete as in other hotels. A continental spread is offered every morning in a simple room whose walls are adorned with coastal scenes. There is some natural light coming in from the windows however most comes from the ceiling spots which is a shame.
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