This was a delightful place, very well geared to young people. There were a lot of young people staying at the same time as us, and that only added to the charm of the place - there was no inconvenience to us (a couple in our late 30's) at all.
There were plenty of very cute little quirks to the place, and much to appreciate - the stylish bath/shower with its multi-coloured LED lights, a nice separate bedroom/ space area. Plenty of space to put down your luggage and sort yourself out.
The bed was comfortable, but we were pushed to find a single channel on TV to watch anything in English apart from a boring standard news feed. (Just BBC/CNN - no Al Jazeera or Russia Today English). No films or drama without a bad French dub - even "Law & Order" had to have our heros shouting French to each other while running around in downtown Manhattan :)
Breakfast was decent and unhurried. The place gave no sign a hundred or so youths had eaten there only 1/2 hour or so before - the staff are really on the ball, cleaning everything spotlessly. Plenty of choice, good juice/ coffee supply.
The rooms were spotless too - can't fault the hygiene standards of this hotel.
Tip: The car-park has no lift, you have to haul all luggage up a narrow winding staircase, and costs extra too. It's not suitable for those who aren't pretty fit, and those who find young people annoying. Fortunately, it suited us just fine - we loved it here.
The location is well placed - it's a 10-15 minute walk to the centre of Blois. You could wander around the parks and town, stroll along the river, and walk back without a problem. (Mind you, we do - as a couple - run long distances.) It's very close to the railway station.
There is complementary snacks and tea at the reception. All in all, very welcoming, and good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Breakfast + unlimited WIFI included in the price of the room at the ibis Styles Blois. Fully renovated in 2011 and features 52 air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms. In the heart of the city, our hotel is 109 yds (100 m) from the train station + 5 mins from the Château de Blois. Its contemporary design combines modernity and comfort. An ideal base for business trips or visits to the Loire Valley châteaux. Enclosed car park. On-site meeting room. Light meals at the bar or via 24-hr room service ... more less
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