The Golf Barrière has probably the best sense of arrival of any hotel in Deauville (and its surroundings). Due to its isolation one is obliged to arrive by car meaning pulling up outside the imposing Anglo-Norman structure at the red carpet which cascades down the small set of steps before the entrance. The doormen, white columns and red canopy above the front door only add to the sense of arrival. The lobby is a similar size to the other Barrière properties, only it is less cluttered and less busy with a décor less likely to offend. The familiar Barrière flower arrangements and columns and drapes are to be found in the space as are, unfortunately, the merchandising displays showcasing perfumes and sporting apparel. The staff at the welcome desk and at the concierge is our preferred of the three hotels too, courteous, smiling and, in our opinion, more relaxed. To get a good overview of the lobby and to watch the comings and goings head up to the balcony which looks over it all.
The Golf has its own fitness and wellness facilities and does not share with the Normand and Royal. There is a small fitness centre with enough machines for one to be able to work every part of the body, as well as a sauna, hammam and relaxation room. There is also the possibility to work on one's tan with UV rays and to enjoy a massage or beauty treatment in one of the treatment rooms or even in your own room. But perhaps the most sought after feature is the tranquil outdoor pool with a perfect lawn surrounding it and plenty of loungers for everyone. The pool, which is heated between November and February, has its own bar in the summer months as well as a barbeque at lunchtimes. There is a kids play area and a herb garden right next to the pool. The golf course, right on the hotel's doorstep, has 27 holes and beautiful views from many points, including the ruins of an old château. The clubhouse, just a short walk away from the main hotel, has its own boutique with golfing supplies, and is a cosy place to which to retreat with a fire in winter and a terrace in summer as well as a putting green. It has its own bar and restaurant which serves a light lunch.
One of the biggest attractions of this hotel (and one that is shared with the other Barrière properties) is the famous Casino Barrière de Deauville.
Situated on the seafront (you can get there with the complimentary shuttle bus), this huge complex comprises every type of gaming table, slot machines, poker rooms as well as a selection of restaurants, bars and a nightclub. Every month there is a special show in addition to off-events such as bridge tournaments and jazz concerts.
As you'd expect, all the public areas of hotel are well-maintained and clean and tidy. Getting to your room is simple although sometimes lengthly due to the size of the property. There are several lifts serving all floors as well as handicap access. There is wifi throughout the hotel which is charged at 15? for 24h after the first half an hour of use. Alternatively there is a business centre (also chargeable). The hotel has 250 free parking spots.