Hope you read this before you book. I'm not a picky traveler so one star is not an exaggeration of how BAD this place is.
Here are the facts:
~ outside Arras, nothing within walking distance
~ entrance overgrown with weeds and debris; whole property littered and run down, broken concrete, etc. Think French hillbilly.
~ the room was disgusting - sink did not drain, mold and mildew in the shower, some kind of liquid had dried on the bedroom walls as it dripped down, drool stains on the cushions and down the sides of the bed base, and the bed spreads (I know what drool stains look like thanks to my husband).
~ family rooms are on TOP floor and there is no elevator, so families have to carry their luggage three floors up.
~interior hallways are pitch dark, no lighting in the hallways at night is a security and safety risk!
~exterior doors at end of hallways do not close; the door stood open all night leading to our dark hallway.
~there is no one on the property after 9pm, you check in via a machine in the lobby and good luck finding your room in the dark hallways.
~No lights in the rooms. There were six lights in our room; one near the beds worked, and one in the entry worked. Not enough for us to read, but enough to help us ignore the stains on the walls and mattresses.
~exterior stairway has been repaired with brackets where it has fallen apart - careful!
~that smell - don't know what it is, but it is there. Wouldn't stay here if I was pregnant; just in case.
This place screams lawsuit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated 3 km from the historic centre of Arras and 5 minutes from the railway station, the hotel balladins is ideal for both leisure and business stays, as it is close to Artois Expo, the Wellington Quarry, the Citadel and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arras Balladins
- Balladins Arras