Béthune is a convenient stopping point if you are using the Calais or Dunkerque ferries or Channel Tunnel, being within an easy hour of driving from any of these landfalls, especially if you use the autoroute.
There is a cluster of hotels by the autoroute exit (Campagnile, Premier Classe etc) which is of course a tad noisy.
Mr Bed is located a couple of miles (and at least five roundabouts) away from the junction, on the eastern ring road (Rocade in French) of Béthune. The location is quiet, being right next to a memorial mason and undertaker...
The parking is large, but unsecured. The rooms and facilities are exactly what you would expect from the Mr Bed franchise; beds comfortable with excellent mattresses and linen, room small with a shower and toilet pod in the corner. The breakfast is better and more varied than that at other budget hotel franchises, and the surroundings more salubrious. Basic snacks and drinks are available from the vending machines in the atrium.
Although quite a way from the motorway exit, the distance from the centre of Béthune is still only a couple of miles as the hotel is on the ring road. The town was flattened during WWI but the centre has been restored; it isn't a great destination though, but the old Belfry and surrounding square is pretty enough. There is a Christmas Market through December.
If you arrive mid to late evening and want a meal without fuss, there is a Courtpaille within a couple of minutes drive. Neither a gourmet experience, nor a particularly cheap way of eating, but they are open for new orders until 11pm. I'd suggest heading into town for a takeaway pizza myself.
Mr Bed don't have a central internet booking system (yet) so you will need to contact the hotel directly or just turn up. Reception is staffed for the evening and morning periods and there is the usual automatic terminal by the front door when unstaffed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located less than 5 km from the city centre of Béthune, Béthune balladins hotel has 56 rooms with private bathroom. Guests can enjoy a breakfast every morning in the dedicated room. The Béthune balladins hotel offers soundproof rooms, with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV with Canal+ package channels. Free parking is also available on site. For a cultural outing, the Lens Louvre Museum is only 20 minutes away by car ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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