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Said to be the place where William the Conqueror planned his invasion of England, the Normandy town and resort of Deauville certainly has aristocratic history and appeal. Like many resorts in the UK however, it was not until the middle of the 19th century, when convenient railway connections made trips to the seaside possible for most people. From then on visits to the Normandy coast were de rigueur with the Parisian bourgeoisie and from Napoleon III to the rich, and famous of today, all have enjoyed the incredible hospitality and surrounds of the finest Deauville hotels.

There is a terrific aged elegance and grandeur about the town which, beautiful in its day, is perhaps even more so in modern times since it evokes a rich cultural history of France in the style, architecture and refined luxury of its most golden period. Once the preserve of the upper classes, the town and its beach are now open to all as a very popular family holiday destination. The great symbols of wealth and status are still there of course, most notably in the grand old casino and in the first class horse racing venues for which the town is famed the world over, but also in the buildings and in the grand Deauville hotels.

Luxury hotels are something the town does very well. Sophistication and timeless style are a given but the standards of service and hospitality have been honed to perfection by attending to the needs of the very rich throughout the years. Rooms and suites will be exceptional in design and amenity and as well as the finest furnishings will be equipped with all the modern features expected from any top hotel, such as satellite televisions, work desks with internet connectivity, and sophisticated climate control. All the luxury services will be in place, from 24 hour room service to discrete and efficient concierge services on demand.

Many Deauville hotels are as much about business as leisure and a selection of business oriented features are to be expected, especially in the larger establishments. Stylish meeting spaces will be equipped with the latest technologies for presentations and videoconferencing and there may be dedicated areas of the hotel given over to business equipment and services. Grand functions and celebrations such as weddings and banquets are another speciality and there are hotels which provide the most incredible environments for hosting such events.

In addition to the beach and sea activities, the town has a great wealth of boutique shops and superb restaurants, some of which are associated with Deauville hotels. Those who enjoy the thrill of gaming will certainly head for the Casino, said to be the inspiration for 'Casino Royale', Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. Fleming himself was a regular visitor. It is perhaps the horseracing which most attracts those who fancy a flutter and anyone else who enjoys a thrilling spectacle in an incredibly stylish environment.

The town is situated in the main horse training and breeding area of France and actually has two venues for racing, both of which are recognised as global horseracing arenas. During the summer months the main attractions are the thoroughbred flat races at the La-Touque Racecourse and there are plenty of family-oriented events during the days racing. The other course is Clairefontaine's which hosts racing of all descriptions, from hurdles and steeplechase events to trotting and flat racing, with events held throughout the year. Arrive early in the morning and get a free guided tour before the first race of the day. All the information on the racing and any other attractions of the town will be available from the Deauville hotels.