This was our return journey final night stopover before returning across the channel back to the U,K.
The landscape southeast of the hotel is fairly flat, and the weather windy - making for an exhausting journey to the hotel. However, it is very pretty, quiet countryside well worth touring around.
We found the hotel with ease - obviously they have taken note of previous reports - and now have small roadside signs from approx 2 miles to the hotel. There is plenty of car parking space. Opposite the hotel is a childrens small theme park - more aimed at younger children; Do not expect Disney, but something more quant and 'simple'.
Check-in was quick and easy - though it was obvious they did not speak much English (i should improve my french)!. we were asked if we wanted dinner and breakfast - accepting dinner but declining breakfast (we wanted the big full cooked brekkie on the ferry home!).
I was surprised at how small the room was - twin beds, a single wardrobe, bedside locker and - for some reason - a desk (it would have been much better to have a chest of drawers). The room was fresh and clean - the beds a little soft for my personal taste. The bathroom was very modern with excellent shower and plenty of hot water!
There is a lovely modern bar area, restaurant, deck and terrace area. There is a pool table in the bar, but far more interesting was the game of petanque being played near the shop in the adjacent caravan/camp site (owned by hotel). There were also children playing football, so its obviously a very sociable place to stay. a couple of guests also had dogs - which are welcome!
We opted for the standard tourist menu at Euros 16, giving 3 courses with approx 3 choices for each course. The food was decent quality - not top notch - good enough and served with a smile and small chat. As per another report - the beer is good! Looking around the restaurant there was a good mixture of couples, a family etc.
Sleep was fine - this is very quiet countryside - so there was no road or disco noise etc!
After purchasing a cup of coffee to wake up with (mega strength - enough to...so ask for extra creamer) we checked out. There was a bill query - but this was sorted immediately.
It is approx 2 km through the village back to the toll road (coins, notes, cards etc at manless toll booth) and an easy 20 minutes run back to Calais ferry port. The road is very well sign posted.
I liked this small family run hotel - a friendly, great little place slightly off the beaten track to stay for either 1st or last night of a trip. Its distance from Calais ferry port and the tunnel is ideal. Not everyone wants to stay on the coast or in a chain hotel e.g Ibis etc. which are on a par with The Bal cost wise but they would probably have larger bedrooms. However, i would certainly stay here again too!