Honfleur on the Normandy coast is a gem of an old port town with it's picture perfect harbor. Samuel de Champlain sailed from here in 1608 to North America, where he discovered the St. Lawrence River and founded Quebec City.
Monet and other impressionists were drawn (yes, pun intended) to Honfleur by the works of Eugene Boudin who Monet met as a teenager. Boudin encouraged Monet to set up his easel in Honfleur and paint the scenery as his instincts led him.
The Erik Satie museum is lots of fun! And, there are many excellent restaurants, sites, museums and shops to keep you busy for a few days.
If you want to visit the D-Day sites, the Bayeux tapestry, Caen, etc., Honfleur can be a very good base.
Unfortunately, there is no Marriott here.