A short, 3 day trip to Lourdes in January. I booked the hotel at the Best Western website and despite practically the entire city closed down for the month ( off - season ), I am pleased I picked this hotel for its location.
Came out of the airport. Bus stop directly outside the terminal. Bus every hour to Lourdes train station at a cost of 2 Euros and a little under 20 minutes you're there.
The hotel is almost opposite the station.
The hotel itself is an older hotel of some history but renovated well.
Public areas are very nice and during the summer, the outside terrace has magnificent views to take in over lunch, dinner or a drink.
Check in was swift. Wi fi is complimentary. Other reviews are spot on - The room was small, as was the bathroom. None the less, very clean, refurbished and functioning. The shower appeared either very new or extremely well maintained.
We were located at the front of the hotel, so a balcony overlooking the street. This was quiet enough, with the doors closed, you cannot hear anything.
House keeping was superb.
The rate did not include breakfast, but we only ate breakfast once. We were charged 5 Euros each and included unlimited good coffee, juice, rolls, ham, cheese, croissants etc - all in all, very good value.
The hotel is perhaps 1km walk to Centre Ville, quaint. A further km to the sanctuary at a guess.
The walk from centre ville to the sanctuary took us through streets lined with closed hotels, restaurants and shops. In other words, the sheer commercialness of it all was erased by the fact these were all closed.
For us, the weather was not particularly great and more available choices of somewhere to eat would have been a bonus. But it gave you a clear indication of what the area is like during the busier seasons and if I were to visit again, I would pick this hotel for the simple fact that it is away from row after row of hotels and religious gift shops. The 10 or so shops that were open, all selling the same thing.
Another huge plus point in visiting at this time of year, there were hardly any people at the sanctuary. Photos were taken without any interruption, the Grotto had no more than 5 or 6 other people at any given time - all in all, a good time to visit if you are looking for solitude.
We ate at the hotel one evening, to a set 3 course meal. It was above average. Nothing spectacular, but not disagreeable in the least.
Finally, visiting out of season, other attractions are closed.
I would happily recommend the hotel to others and I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEST WESTERN Beauséjour Hotel, in the heart of the lively centre of Lourdes and a stone’s throw from the holy sanctuaries, is a fine, completely refurbished 18th century mansion.It has 45 cosy, individually-decorated rooms, some of which offer stunning views of the Pyrenees.If you want to relax, you can enjoy the tranquillity of the tree-shaded gardens of BEST WESTERN Beauséjour Hotel, the solarium and the heated outdoor pool. A restaurant, brasserie, boutique with local specialities, Wifi Internet access and free parking are also available, all year round.And, right in front of the hotel, there is a shuttle bus every 20 minutes from Easter to October to take you to the sanctuaries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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