I spent 3 nights at this hotel in room 402, while attending a conference hosted by the local University. I feel it was very expensive for the quality of stay. It cost 78 euro per night for a single room. The room was very basic indeed and even though they boast a renovation in 2011, the rooms still look dated and tired. My walls were covered in horrible wallpaper which had been painted over. The bathroom was old and definitely in need of an update. The bed was quite hard and uncomfortable and the pillows were too flat. My bedside table was badly marked and the drawer didn’t open, there were no sockets near the mirror and I was missing a light bulb in the light above the wardrobe making it very difficult to see inside. The walls were quite thin and the hotel is situated on a main avenue so there was quite a bit of traffic noise. Most of all I missed tea and coffee making facilities in the room and they didn’t even leave a bottle of water out for arrival. Additionally, toiletries’ consisted of 1 small soap and 1 tiny packet of shower gel. I found staff in the hotel a bit hit and miss. I had a couple of encounters with a very rude gentleman but some of the breakfast staff were really lovely. Breakfast was a positive part of the stay with a nice variety for a continental breakfast. Having said that, I would like to have seen a little more fresh fruit. Positives include the aircon system in the room and the fact that it was definitely clean and tidy. However, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to a friend. The hotel is very handy for the Michelin Stadium and there are a few eating options nearby. Right by the stadium is McDonalds, Subway and a great Pasta bar. The centre of Clermont is about a 15 minute walk and well worth it for a look around the local shops with high quality goods. Eating out seems to be expensive, including the hotel restaurant. If you can afford to I would recommend staying elsewhere – there appears to be a nice Novotel across the road from Hotel Republique. On a final note if you are English speaking I would advise you to brush up on your basic French as I found communicating, both in the hotel, and in and around Clermont in general, difficult, with my few words of French. Neither were there any English channels on the TV in the room!
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