This is one of a cluster of hotels conveniently near the main Besançon railway station (Viotte); it isn't the cheapest, but it is reasonably priced and excellent value. So far as we could discover on a quick survey, you pay quite a bit less for the same facilities in hotels near the station, like the Florel, than you do in the city centre places. The room we stayed in was spacious for a French city hotel, with a most comfortable bed and good facilities, and spotlessly clean. The breakfast buffet was superb. All staff we encountered were extremely friendly, helpful and professional. They were patient with our occasionally stumbling French, though they were clearly also competent in English. There isn't really a restaurant in the hotel - they run a simple buffet during the week, I gather - and the restaurants in the immediate locality don't amount to much, so you are probably going to want to go into the city (where there is masses of choice) to eat. It doesn't, perhaps, have much character; it's not a place to fall in love with, just a very good, efficient, hotel. We'd certainly stay there again.
How a previous reviewer could find that its location odd and the walk into town uneasy, I can't imagine. Having a hotel right by the railway station isn't exactly unusual. It's about 15 minutes' walk down to the centre of town; at present the pleasantest route (through a park) is messed up by the tramway works, but it is possible to find your way through those, or to walk down Avenue Foch, which is busy and unthreatening. The previous reviewer must have gone down Rue d'Industrie, which is a bit shabby but a perfectly ok way to walk; not the most direct route into town, but it does lead to an excellent crêperie in the Rue de Belfort, probably the nearest place to eat if you are content with a light meal.
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