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“They wanted to make us feel unwelcome...and it worked”
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Chez Mado
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Chez Mado
Ranked #8 of 12 Le Crotoy B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Although we are aware of attitudes among some French about the presence of children in restaurants, we had yet to experience it (despite many dining experiences throughout the country) until our attempted dining experience at Mado. Upon entering with my three-year old in my arms, I was scolded by the grandmotherly owner/manager, who told me she could walk to the table. When my daughter noticed the lobster tank and wanted to have a look en route to said table (it was nowhere near other diners) I was told I couldn't. When, moments after receiving our menus it was veritably demanded of us what 'the child' would be having and our inability to answer immediately produced scoffs I decided I would take the message. French Grandma, 1: entire family that would have spent hundreds of euros there, 0 (and much happier for it). I'm sure the food would have been great, but the meal we had elsewhere was excellent and we weren't made to feel like criminals for deigning to enter their establishment with a child.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

My husband and I arrived for dinner only to be told they were booked at 7PM French TIME (although the restaurant was empty) we asked if they had later sitting only to be told they were booked for the weekend including Monday. As we were leaving just outside the door we encountered another couple and informed them what they were booked - they went it without reservation and got a table. My husband then call THEM from his cell phone to make a reservation and they booked a table. We walked back in and asked them WHY they had said they were booked. I DID NOT STAY. I will not pay to eat in a place where discrimination is blatant as this place was.It was the worst experience I ever had in my life. It destroyed my weekend! I will never again go to this town!.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

Mainly a deservedly popular restaurant (see review elsewhere on TripAdvisor) with just 3 rooms, we had a wonderful stay. Quirky but classy and extremely comfortable. Room had the most comfortable bed ever and the view over the bay was amazing. Also a large, bright bathroom. We were there in November so the parking charges mentioned by other reviewers did not apply. Breakfast the next morning was equally good. Croissants and bread baked on the premises, home-made jam and tea/coffee. Like the hotel really - good quality but no gimmicks. Maybe wouldn't appeal to youngsters but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back at the earliest opportunity.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2010

We stayed here on spec, as it had not been written up before on TripAdvisor. It is right on the quiet front but you have to pay to park outside - luckily if you overpay one day, it carries on to the next day, saving you having to run downstairs early on to prevent a fine. There are plenty of other restaurants, fish shops etc a minute's walk away. Le Crotoy has more of an old fashioned feel to it, than the manmade resorts further north and south like Le Touquet, Berck-Plage and Le Treport, etc

We found the staff friendly and helpful, especially to "rosbifs" whose French is not brilliant. Bedrooms are on the top floor above the first floor (summer only?) restaurant, so if you have heavy cases, or are elderly, this hotel is not for you.

Lovely views from our compact but stylish bedroom over the estuary and salt flats - take your binoculars! Room was clean with flat screen TV, ensuite etc.

We dined in the restaurant which was excellent, and it was nice to see the restaurant busy on a weekday lunchtime out of season as we checked in. Their website gives more details. The room was 68 Euros which is quite reasonable and breakfast a cheap 6 Euros, but the latter is pretty basic : fruit juice - no choice, french bread, croissants, tea or coffee.

Their website only shows 3 rooms, so probably booking ahead is wise.

Strongly recommended by us demanding wrinklies!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Address: 6 quai Leonard, 80550 Le Crotoy, France
Region: France > Hauts-de-France > Somme > Le Crotoy
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Ranked #8 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Le Crotoy
Number of rooms: 3
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Chez Mado Le Crotoy, Somme, France

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