We arrived in Lourdes through the airport which is shared by Lourdes and Tarbes. The taxis are also specific to either of the two places. There are also very few, even within Lourdes. There were only 3 taxis on hand for a plane full of people when we arrived. People ended up sharing, but others had to wait for more than an hour for the next batch. So, if time is of the essence for you (and you don't mind the cost), I suggest you request the hotel to arrange for transport (both ways). We ended up asking the Air France desk (departure area 2nd floor) to call a cab for us. During the ride there, we also arranged for her to pick us up the next day for our trip back to the airport (which was really a blessing, because the taxis going back to the airport were hard to find also).
The hotel is nice enough. It's 5 mins walk to the grotto. Has a mini market right next to it, if you want to buy your own drinks or snacks. Some cafes and a lot of souvenir shops all along the way. But the hotel itself is kind of old. The room is quite small. I found the beds quite lumpy. But it was okay for a quick stay. Take note though that there are a lot of hotels to choose from in Lourdes. There are over 250 small hotels there, as we were told by the taxi driver.
The hotel shop has okay stuff, as a guest of the hotel you are entitled to 10% discount. But I believe it would be best to scout around among the other souvenir shops, if you're looking for the best price. The differences are quite big.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 93 rooms hotel. The Mercure Lourdes Imperial is located downtown, close to the Gave river, only 12 km from Tarbes Lourdes airport. The hotel is 1 km from Lourdes railway station and offers easy access to A63 highway. The hotel features two restaurants,a bar lounge and a private car park. Additionally the hotel offers facilities for disabled people and a meeting room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Lourdes Imperial Hotel Lourdes
- Accor Lourdes Imperial