There are two entrances to the Royal, but as with the Normandy, to fully appreciate the typical Anglo-Normand architecture, an arrival at the main entrance is advised. The exterior of the building is painted cream with hints of terracotta in the form of squares of brickwork and false beams higher up the building. The grandiose lobby features a marble floor and peach-coloured columns supporting a high ceiling from which are suspended chandeliers. Punctuating the space are various flower and plant arrangements (some of which rise out of circular banquettes) as well as classical Greek-style statues on plinths. The bulk of the central space is filled with gaudy yet comfortable armchairs and sofas, each cluster of seating with a table. As is the case at the other Barrières, the merchandising displays and advertisements for events at the hotel are an eyesore.
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 just next door, 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.
Also shared with the Normandy are the wellness facilities which comprise a sauna, hammam and massage rooms. You'll receive a complimentary drink upon entering the centre and can also take advantage of the well-equipped fitness room and smart changing rooms. There is a relaxation room where you can unwind before and after your treatment as well as a room where guests can top up on their tan with UV rays. Those wanting to look their best for a special dinner can head to the Jacques Dessange hairdressing salon. On the second floor of the hotel is a solarium with a view where drinks are also served (but no food).
The hotel boasts a heated (28°C all year round) outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and tables and chairs. The pool is of a decent size and there is plenty of space for guests to laze around and relax with a drink. When the weather permits, a buffet is held at lunchtimes during July and August and a bar is set up too serving refreshments.
Over at the neighbouring Normandy, young guests have access to the Club Diwi & Co. Here the little ones (ages 4-12) can spend the whole day getting creative with art, writing, costume design, gardening, cooking and lots more (open during Parisian school holidays and the weekend). For those under the age of four there is a dedicated animator who will occupy the kids during the same period as the Club Diwi & Co and who can also babysit upon request. All of these services come at an extra charge. Kids may also be interested in the weekend horse-drawn carriage tours of Deauville, although these are by no means limited to the youngest clients.
The vast public spaces are all in impeccable condition and getting to your room is simple (if not a little lengthly sometimes). There are several lifts servicing all floors and you'll find on some of the landings sideboards with Chinese lamps, armchairs and silk covered walls. The members of staff we came across were all extremely courteous and of course bilingual. For those guests needing to get onto the internet, there is wifi throughout the hotel (10? for 24h) as well as a business centre.