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Ibis Blois Centre Chateau
Ranked #5 of 28 Hotels in Blois
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“Great location, lovely staff, good value for money”
Reviewed 15 August 2012

The building itself is really old and they have made good use of it - keeping the old style lift for example! Our rooms were great and though small, made good use of the space. They were clean and breakfast was good there too. They have made a good bar by reception too. The reception is full of local tourist info which is handy and the staff were most helpful.

The location is brilliant and so easy to get everywhere. Parking isn't right by the hotel but very near it as you can cut across the centre.

I was very impressed with this hotel for a chain one!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Hotel was rather old, and parking was available some distance from the hotel. cleanliness was acceptable.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Nr. Winkleigh
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

This Ibis is perfectly located in the centre of Blois and while it does retain some tradional features this is a modern chain hotel which is in the style of an IBIS anywhere. This is a shame as Blois itself has stunning impressive facades and is famous for its sometimes bloody, but always intriguing historical past. The reception area is modern and service is efficient, if a little sterile; my hotel room was comfortable, modern, of course, and totally lacking in any character. The self service restaurant provided an excellent breakfast which was appreciated by the mainly business clientele who frequented it. For travellers who seek an authentic French experience this hotel should be avoided, however it clearly suits the passing business traveller with different expectations of overnight hotel accommodation.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

This hotel is very central to all activities. Within walking distance of pretty much everything.
Staff aren't as friendly as other places but were fine. Blois is a good location to see the Chateaus of the area and bike ride which we did.
The Saturday market is very good better than what we have seen elsewhere.
Overall a very good and enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

Well, I would not say excellent service. When we checked in a lady (no idea of her name, but beautifully groomed) was on the desk and spoke/understood little English. No problem, since I speak a bit of French.

But she made us fell like cheapskates when we said we did not want to buy their breakfast plan AND we wanted to find a store where we could buy a six pack of beer and large bottles of water. (The hotel has a bar but it's 3x more than at a variety store and no large bottles of water.)

The parking situation can be a problem. It was very busy when we checked in so we could not find a nice spot in front of the hotel. I managed to get a small spot so my car was sticking out a bit. When we got in, the lady answered two phone calls before helping us.

She gave us a map of the city with the route to the parking lot marked, but this is confusing. The hotel really needs to draw a nice, simplified map of how to drive to the parking lot. (It's a two minute walk back but due to one way streets, not easy to get to if you are not familiar with the city. AND especially when traffic is heavy and you are hesitating as to where to turn.) The lady seemed annoyed that I found the map confusing.

*** I wish that staff working at front desks would travel to a foreign country sometime and see how it feels when you are not great with the language, do not understand the city map they give you re: parking, and make you feel cheap for not buying their food and drinks. (At other hotels, our experience was much better when checking in; e.g. the Novotel in Colmar.)

But the room was very nice, though small (as usual in France); no mini bar for keeping our own drinks cool, however. The bathroom is large enough but only a shower and no bathtub. (Most other hotels on this trip had both.) The elevator seems ancient and tiny; I used it and I'm sure it's fine but like others of this type in Europe, it made me feel nervous.

An excellent location two minutes from the chateau and the huge pedestrian-only shopping area and a very nice park.

Room Tip: This is a busy street, especially when traffic is heavy, esp. on weekends. Our room was one floor up...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

This hotel is definitely in a prime location in Blois! It is just walking distance to the Château de Blois and to the old part of town with restaurants and bars... I highly recommend it if you are on a tight budget!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ibis Blois Centre Chateau
Address: 3 rue Porte Cote, 41000, Blois, France
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Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Blois
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Blois
#3 Family Hotel in Blois
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Blois Centre Chateau 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ibis Blois Centre hotel is located beside the old castle, 400 m from the railway station. An ideal location for going out to discover the old city, visiting the cathedral and having fun in the Maison de la Magie. Just 1 km from the HALLE AUX GRAINSExhibition Centre, the hotel has 56 air-conditioned rooms, a bar open 24/24 , and is close to numerous restaurants. Its guests on a business trip will appreciate the Wifi wireless Internet access. ... more   less 
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Accor Blois Centre Chateau

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