This apartment hotel is still very new; actually the parking garage wasn't ready yet, so I had to park elsewhere. This wasn't a problem, because there were several parking lots nearby and they were free.
I booked the hotel last minute through the internet and paid EUR 50 per night for a studio, which is also the price mentioned on their price sheet, so it's honest pricing. It's located right next to the train station and you can walk to one of the main streets in 5 minutes, downhill. To walk back to the hotel it's obviously uphill, so beware. As it's next to the station, you can clearly hear the trains if your window is open, however closing the window takes care of the problem; you hardly hear them anymore. The rooms have airconditioning, so don't worry about the heat if the window is closed.
The studio apartment was a bit small, but still had a kitchen with fridge and microwave. The bathroom had a nice bath/shower combination. Everything was spotless.
There was a small flat-screen tv on the wall at the foot of my bed, which was convenient. They had 20 channels, including some in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German and English. I read a comment by someone from England complaining that there was only one English-language channel, which sounded pretty ridiculous to me. I mean: how many French channels do you have on your tv in the UK?
Reception was open until 6PM on weekends, which is a bit odd. Fortunately they had waited for me when I arrived at 6.30 on Saturday evening. The girls at reception were fluent in English.
My stay in Lourdes was pleasant. I didn't come for Mary (I'm a protestant), but instead I came to watch the Tour de France cycling event, which had two stages in the area. Actually one stage passed right in front of the hotel, but I was somewhere high up on a mountain by then, where the athletes came through one-by-one.
The whole town is within walking distance of the hotel, although it does involve some up- and downhills. The nearest main street is a bit tacky, with cheap shops, cheap restaurants and big buses driving through a very narrow street. To me it was strange to see shops selling both statues of Mary and AC Milan football shirts. Although I must say they were all catholic players...
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