Crashing waves, chalky white cliffs, and vestiges of the past are to be found around near enough every turn. If there’s one French seaside destination you’ll want to visit this year, it’s Étretat. Perfect to explore over the course of a long weekend, or an even longer stint if you have the time, if you’re looking for where to stay in Northern France, then here’s your guide to the best of Etretat hotels.
Why you should visit Étretat, the seaside resort of Normandy
Close to the Channel, the slice of sea that separates the UK from France, Etretat is a place where the land meets the water and where local legends can be found in abundance. Somewhere on the French coastline between Le Havre and Dieppe, the chalky white cliffs that so inspired painters such as Monet can be found just an hour or so North of the city of Rouen.
Now, highlights of Étretat include a timber-framed town and enjoying the stunning vistas from the impossibly high cliffs (which are known in French as les falaises). Perfect to visit over the course of a long weekend, there are plenty of things to do in the town, even if you’re not a fan of beach holidays.
After all, nearby, there’s plenty of coastal walks to be taken, while one particular intriguing piece of local history features the Château du Tilleul. For more ideas and things to know before you go, check out my guide to the very best Étretat travel tips before your Normandy getaway!
What you should know before booking Étretat accommodation
Thanks to its status as a resort town for well over a century, there’s no shortage of Etretat accommodation to suit every budget. Unlike some of the other towns and cities in this region, there’s the option of swanky modern hotels, complete with every amenity you could ever wish for, as well as more traditional places to stay, where service is perfect and yet the rooms might be a little dated.
Next, you should know that Étretat is popular year-round, especially during peak season (i.e. the summer months and during school holidays). As such, you’ll want to book your place to stay well in advance so as to secure the best deals, rates, and accommodation.
Luxury hotels in Étretat
Domaine St Clair – Le Donjon, Chemin de Saint-Clair, 76790 Étretat, France
If you’re looking for an escape from it all, then the Domaine St Clair is a well-reviewed property around a ten-minute walk from Étretat town centre. Set a little bit back from the sea, this hotel is housed against the backdrop of a 19th-century Château. Amenities include a pool, several formal lounge areas, and dining options onsite. Some rooms even feature four-poster beds and sea views. Check prices and availability here.
Castel De La Terrasse,1 Rue Jean Baptiste Cochin, 76790 Étretat, France
With breathtaking views over the rest of the town and onto the stunning English Channel, this Étretat accommodation is around a ten-minute stroll from the historic town centre. Set within the walls of a 1840s mansion house, highlights of this hotel include free WiFi, TVs, while some rooms offer sea views and marble fireplaces. Check prices and availability here.
Les Hauts d’Etretat,50 Route d’Epivent, 76790 Bordeaux-Saint-Clair, France
A little drive from Étretat town centre (and so a perfect place to stay in Normandy if you have access to a car), Les Hauts d’Etretat is a timber-framed and thatched quintessentially French cottage. Set amidst a leafy green park, this Chambres d’hôtes even has its own private and peaceful garden. Check prices and availability here.
Mid-range hotels in Étretat
Dormy House, Route du Havre, 76790 Étretat, France
Incredibly well-reviewed and situated on the fringes of the bustling town, facilities of this three-star hotel include a bar with a pool table, restaurant with panoramic views, and public beach access. While some rooms also offer amenities such as balconies and minibars, all rooms have free WiFi and TV. Breakfast is available for an extra fee. Check prices and availability here.
Detective Hôtel, 6 Avenue George V, 76790 Étretat, France
The two-star Detective Hôtel is less than a five-minute walk away from the world-famous Étretat beach. A two minute wander away from the Tourist Office, this themed Étretat hotel (as its name would suggest) is decorated with Detective novels in mind. From Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes, highlights include free WiFi and breakfast available for an extra fee. Some rooms have antique furnishings, while others offer flat-screen TVs. Check prices and availability here.
Budget accommodation in Étretat
Hôtel Saint Christophe, 1 Rue du Maréchal Leclerc, 76790 Le Tilleul, France
Situated around a ten-minute drive from Les Falaises themselves and not actually in Étretat proper, hence the lower price, this two-star accommodation is well-reviewed and is housed within the former home of the writer Maurice Leblanc. Amenities of this Étretat hotel include free WiFi, TVs in each room, and breakfast for an extra charge. Check prices and availability here.