If you are searching for a way to visit the battlefields, but basing yourselves in a bigger town and in a top hotel, Amiens and the Hotel Marotte are your answer.
Located only two hours from Calais and a short drive to many of the major WW1 sites, Amiens is a lovely town, built on the River Somme. It is known as the Little Venice of the North, due to its winding network of canals and its gorgeous rows of houses, shops and restaurants build right on the canal edge.
Stay in the Hotel Marotte, a superb hotel, run by a couple who really put their clients first - all with perfect English (if required!). Nothing is too much trouble, and Estelle will be ready to welcome you with a glass of champagne on arrival. The hotel is stunning, with décor from the Belle Époque, spacious, calm and cosy. It is centrally located, surrounded by restaurants and shops and a stone’s throw from the Cathedral d’Amiens, a stunning example of Gothic architecture as well as the hortillonnages (floating market gardens) which you can tour by canal boat.
From your hotel, you can easily tour the battlefields by car, retrace the footsteps of the Tommies, pay your respects, admire the beautiful memorials and their beautifully manicured gardens and visit the museums that will help put everything in perspective. Don’t miss the France-British Memorial at Thiepval, it can be seen towering through the trees from miles around, paying tribute to the victims of war.
The price is based on two people paying in a room category charm, comfort or superior or a price total of €460 for two nights for two people. It is possible to upgrade to a sauna or spa suite for an additional €100 per personne.