Review written by Sophie Couard, August 21, 2015.
In the top 20 of the most important gambling establishments in France in terms of turnover is the Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux, which is integrated in the Domaine de Forges, a complex uniting a hotel, a casino and a spa. The complex is in a former theatre, now managed by the Partouche Group and located in the heart of the Normandy, just 110 km away from Paris and 40 km away from Rouen. You can find out more about the complex in our review about it below.
All the magic of casino games
Let us start this tour about the Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux, by talking a bit more about the games that you can play in this prestigious establishment.
The slot machines
The slot machines hall is open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 3am, on Friday and days before holidays from 11am to 4am, on Saturday from 10am to 4am, and Sundays and holidays from 10am to 3am. It offers 300 machines from 1 cent to €10, including 8 machines offering the progressive multi-site jackpot from the Partouche group: the famous Megapot!
You can play:
- Video Poker,
- video slots with 5 reels,
- slot machines with 3 reels.
These are separated into different spaces:
- new games,
The table games
The traditional table games are available Monday to Thursday from 9pm to 3am, on Friday from 9pm to 4am, Saturday from 8pm to 4am, and Sunday from 4pm to 3am. You can find:
- a Poker Room with 3 tables for Texas Hold'em with a buy-in of €100 and blinds 5/5,
- a Roulette Room with 5 tables of English Roulette with stakes starting from €2,
- a Cards Room with 4 tables of Blackjack with stakes starting from €10 and 2 tables for Ultimate Texas Hold'em with stakes starting from €5.
The traditional table games room is very spacious, decorated in red and gold colours, and it also has some impressive chandeliers.
Just like it is the case in all casinos in France, access is restricted to adults, who not excluded from gambling, and it is required to present a valid form of identification (valid passport for foreign nationals).
A whole area for recreation, relaxation and pleasure
Besides the casino, the Domaine des Forges offers multiple other services aside with gambling.
At the entrance, close to the lake of Andelle, the Hotel Continental (3 stars) has an architecture that is typical for the Normandy, and it offers charm and comfort in 44 rooms for relaxation or business trips.
At the heart of the complex is the Forges Hotel (3 stars) that is built in contemporary architecture and design. It stands out like a country house with a cosy atmosphere. It is an ideal place for everyone who likes quick getaways: a weekend with the family, a relaxing break for couples, or a work seminar are in easy access just 1.5 hours away from Paris. Everything is taken care of to make your stay unforgettable.
The Folie du Bois des Fontaines (mansion hotel with 4 stars) is nestled deep in the park, and it has 10 rooms that give you a taste of life in a castle. Built in the mid 18th century, it offers classy and romantic rooms, suites and luxuriously decorated duplexes. However, note that it isn't opened 24/7. It's mainly open on weekends and depending on the use of the two other hotels.
Between the slot machines and table games in the casino is The Bistro that welcomes you in a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 1am, and on Sundays from 12pm to midnight. It offers menus for €11.90, €16.50 and €24. A part of the restaurant is also accessible to children. So, there is a children's menu at 9.90 € for children aged up to 12 years old.
At the Forges Hotel, the restaurant La Table des Forges offers breathtaking views of the park and the lake in a setting that combines comfort and beautiful contemporary decor.
The restaurant du Golf de Saint-Saens L'Entre Potes is open from March until October from 12pm to 2pm and 7pm to 9pm on weekdays, and from 12pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9.30pm on weekends. Here you can try quality traditional cuisine with menus from €15.
The Forgesspa offers wellbeing, relaxation and fitness. You can enjoy the pleasures of care and relaxation. The spa offers facials, massages, body wraps, UV sessions, as well as beauty treatments for hands and feet. You can also enjoy a wellness centre with a swimming pool, Hammam, Jacuzzi, and a gym. On the 230 m² outdoor terrace you can find sun loungers, mattresses and parasols, and sunbathe in a quiet atmosphere.
A golf course
In the centre of the forest Eawy, the largest beech forest of France, the Saint Saens golf course stands out as one the most beautiful golf courses in the Normandy. It is separated into three distinct parts: the river, the forest and the high plateau, each offering different challenges.
A free shuttle from Rouen and Paris
The Grand Casino of Forges-les-Eaux itself is a popular tourist attraction, as it is also the second closest to Paris, after Enghien-les-Bains. It is located at the only thermal spa in the Normandy, just 110 km away from the capital.
To get there, you can take the E46 from Beauvais and Paris and the E44 from Amiens.
You can also take a free shuttle from Rouen on Sunday, and from Paris on Friday and Saturday night.
Pleasant surroundings and a warm welcome
At the end of our review about the Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux, we would like to talk a little more about the general atmosphere.
We would like to mention first that the establishment is set in beautiful green surroundings. The exterior architecture and interior decoration are beautiful and nice to look at. The casino is also very modern, stylish and pleasant, the cleanliness is impeccable and it is always clean.
The staff are very friendly, kind and courteous, and they always have a smile for you. Many employees also take the time to explain the rules to beginners, to answer questions and solve problems.
However, it is also the case that some regulars seem to have the opinion that this is not necessary. If they take up too much space they will move and let others play. It should be said that that the casino is always busy, even on weekdays. It is not always easy to find a slot machine to play at.
However, it is still an excellent address to play casino games.
In conclusion, we can say that the Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux has some strong advantages to attract many players. Its setting and the many extra activities speak in its favour; as does its great range of games.
Slot machines: Monday to Thursday from 11am to 3am, Friday and evenings before holidays from 11am to 4am, Saturday from 10am to 4am, and Sundays and holidays from 10am to 3am.
Table games: Monday to Thursday from 9pm to 3am, Friday from 9pm to 4am, Saturday from 8pm to 4am and Sunday from 4pm to 3am.