We stayed here as a stopover on a journey from Le Havre to Pau in July 2014.
The hotel is probably used by businessmen and bankers as Niort is a big financial centre. It was fairly quiet on the Thursday night that we spent there. It's located off a dual carriageway, near a commercial estate and isn't much to look at.
The facilities are standard, but the room was clean, the air con was excellent and the wifi was both free and functional.
What made this hotel was the staff. The receptionist was lovely, funny and couldn't be more accommodating. She let us keep out road bikes (Specialized Allez Sport Elites in white if you're asking) in a locked storeroom and despite our very poor French she was very warm and friendly.
The continental breakfast was very good but whatever you do don't go to the Buffalo Grill steak house down the road. The meat there was poor and the waitress tried to fob us off with rideaux de boeuf.
Overall the Solana is highly recommended.
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- Located near the center of Niort, our hôtel has been entirely relooked in 2010 to increase confort and welness. ... more less
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