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“1 night pre ferry sailing - july 2012”
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Bal Parc Hotel
Dorset UK
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“1 night pre ferry sailing - july 2012”
Reviewed 3 July 2012

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!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 June 2012 via mobile

We had booked a number of low cost hotels for our trip to the South of France but this one truly was the best one we have ever used. Terrific. Value for money.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

We stayed here after our Disneyland Paris trip and it was a lovely, quiet stopover. The hotel room was spotless and had just been refurbished. The service was very good, as was the food. We had 2 young children with us and the staff were happy to provide small portions and special meals for them. Great value for money. We were lucky enough to stay on a beautiful sunny day so went for a walk through the local village - it made us want to return....for longer next time. Would deifinitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

If you need a night's lay over after hitting France from the Tunnel or Ferry then this hotel is fine. Reasonable prices and decent quality- not great but okay. Friendly staff and not bad food in the onsite restaurant. There's a pool table and good beer as well, so what's not to like.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Durrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

This was our final stay after a week on the road in France. It is cheap and cheerful with charming staff. I would say it caters well for the camping crowd and a good location close to Calais - 20 miles away. The village of Tournehem is quiet and picturesque. The restaurant is bright and airy and the food has chips - lots of chips! For an overnight stay with lots of drinks, dinner and breakfast for 2 people costs a little over £100 so good value for what you get. There are room issues though. First you cannot open the window properly as the curtain pole is in the way. You only get one pillow, one cushion and no extras. What is good is that they pipe BBC1, BBC2 and CBBC through the TV although you cannot turn the sound up very high - good for your neighbours but no good if you are hard of hearing.
There is plenty of parking and for the price it is fine.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

Clean functional modern hotel on a campground.no atmosphere, pool table in the bar area.Food is straightforward,ham and chips etc.Good value .

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Bergerac, France
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We stayed at this hotel late in 2011. At that time I reviewed it and intimated that there was room for improvement. Well it is now under new management and the place has a very different feel to it. Very welcoming, warm and overall a nice place to stay. It only has two stars but the food is excellent, the service is good, the rooms are clean and well set out (perhaps a little small and lacking in soap dishes in the shower rooms).
The parking really needs sorting out as there are only two spaces at the front and it is a long walk from the car park to reception with heavy suitcases. It would be ideal if the front was restricted to loading and unloading but I'm sure they will get round to that.
This place should have three stars at the very least.
Very well located for the Chanel Tunnel.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bal Parc Hotel
Address: 207 rue du Vieux Chateau, 62890 Tournehem-sur-la-Hem, France
Region: France > Hauts-de-France > Pas-de-Calais > Tournehem-sur-la-Hem
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Number of rooms: 78

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