I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Arras when I was visiting some World War I cemeteries, as well as Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. I had selected the hotel because of the positive reviews on Trip Advisor.
The Holiday Inn Express in Arras is conveniently located across the street from the Arras train station. Unfortunately, we did hear the train as it went by throughout the night. This hotel is also close to a Hertz Rent-A-Car location.
The staff were friendly, and were patient in putting up with my rudimentary French. I think that had I wanted to switch into English, they would have been willing to do so, but given that I persisted with my attempts to communicate in French they were accommodating. I appreciated that.
The rooms were basic and clean. I found the bed to be uncomfortable, which resulted in a restless sleep. The bathroom had a stand-up shower – no tub. The shampoo and hand soap were only available through a dispenser, as opposed to individual use containers.
One interesting thing that I liked about his hotel was that they had a kettle in the room, instead of a coffee maker. I thought this was fabulous, because I didn’t have to make tea with a coffee maker (as is typical in North American hotels), and then put up with coffee flavored tea.
I was very impressed with the complimentary breakfast at the hotel - fresh croissants, pain au chocolat, baguettes, deli meats and cheese, cold cereals, fresh fruit, etc. They also had hard-boiled eggs, or there was a station where you could hard boil your eggs to taste. They also had a station where you could fresh squeeze your own orange juice.
A few lessons for the North American traveller to France…. We were unable to find anywhere in the rural areas to buy flowers to lay at the graves. If I were to do the trip again, I would go to Arras first. The hotel had crosses of remembrance and poppies that were available for sale/donation. There was a vendor near Grand Place where you could buy flowers.
We had a difficult time finding anywhere to eat lunch, while we were out visiting the World War I cemeteries and Vimy Ridge. When we arrived at the hotel in the late afternoon starving, we asked about places to have supper. While the hotel made some good recommendations, what we failed to understand was that at that time of day, the restaurants were either closed or only open for drinks. We ended up settling for a meal at a Lebanese type restaurant.
One other thing to keep in mind is that on checkout there was an €0.80 charge per person per night. We had prepaid the room, so this charge came as a surprise. I don’t really understand why there was this charge, so be warned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 98 large rooms, Free Wifi, recently renovated lounge bar (February 2012), Airconditioning, Continental buffet breakfast, meeting rooms, public car park with direct access to reception desk, and a friendly and helpful staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Arras Hotel Arras
- Arras Holiday Inn Express
- Holiday Inn Arras