A modern and funky hotel which is a 5 – 10 minute walk to the attractive old town area. There is however a bar just behind the hotel, and three or four chain type restaurants just a couple of minutes away by the cinema. Much use is made of brightly coloured moulded plastic and this included the chairs in the dining area, grab handles in the corridor and even the shower screen in the bathroom. There is a small garden at the back of the hotel with a few tables and chairs on a terrace.
The room was a good size and split in to a living and sleeping area with a curtain between the two. There were no tea/coffee facilities in the room, but these were available on a complimentary basis in the downstairs bar area, although only until 10:00pm for some reason, despite the bar being open 24 hours (not that I saw anyone using it, so don’t worry about any potential noise issues). There was however a bottle of water left in the room each day. The room was functional rather than luxurious, but was clean and tidy. The only downsides were thin towels, a rather feeble shower and the lack of a safe, although I understand that you can leave stuff in the safe at reception if required. Initially we thought that there was no full length mirror which my wife always find a bit of a pain, until we discovered that it was on the back of the wardrobe which swivels round! The loo is in a separate room opposite the bathroom as seems to be the case in many French establishments. The atmosphere in the room seemed slightly stuffy – a leaflet in the room went to great pains to point out the eco-friendly credentials of the ventilation system, so perhaps that is the reason why.
If you’re driving, there are three options for parking – in the hotel’s secure underground car park (shared with the nearby Mercure and Ibis Budget) at €10 per night; nearby on the street which is free but there’s only a limited number of spaces; or in the nearby public car park, which is free but limited to 2½ during the morning and afternoon – you get a free ticket from a machine with the expiry time on. If you’re only there overnight or off in your car during the day, that’s probably the best option – the time interval is carried over during non-restricted periods, so, for example, getting a ticket at 6:00pm will give you until 10:30am the next morning. Although we had pre-booked the hotel’s car park, they were quite happy for us to use the public car parks instead.
Breakfast was the usual selection of hams, cheeses, pastries, yoghurt, cereal, etc., and whilst not a particularly extensive selection, it did the job. Orange Juice was freshly squeezed in a juicing machine which was a nice touch. Overall I felt this was a pretty good choice for a budget hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Troyes Centre hotel is located in the city's historic centre, close to the Town Hall, numerous restaurants and a cinema multiplex. 5 km from the airport, the hotel has 77 air-conditioned rooms, including 3 adapted for disabled guests, a bar serving snacks 24/24 and private covered pay parking. For your conferences and seminars, you can book 2 meeting rooms. Wifi wireless Internet access for guests on a business trip. ... more less
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