I rarely if ever check out of a hotel early and had planned to make this my base for budget travel in Tours. After one night I checked out. Even though I paid at the front desk for 2 nights with a major credit card, the desk clerk said their company could only refund my second day's fee by issuing a bank wire to my account in the states and that it would take a month to do so. I am still waiting for the refund. (I have NEVER been to a hotel that could not immediately return the money to a charge card and plan to ask my credit card about this when I return to the US.)
So... why did I check out?
This hotel has NO air conditioning. I was not aware of that when I chose it, but you will be painfully aware of it if you stay here. The rooms are tiny. I mean SMALL. My college dorm room had more space than this place. We rented a triple and the three tiny beds filled the room with just inches between them. Then there was the bed size -- these were kids beds designed for the 7 dwarves. My son's arm was dangling on me in the adjacent bed most of the night while I tried curling up small enough to keep my legs from dangling over the end of the bed. I've slept in better airplane seats.
Then there was the fact that the room was stuffy and hot and had just one tiny window. Worse, the window was above the front door and people stood outside smoking most of the night making the whole room stink. Then there was the adjacent road noise and the fact that no breeze could really blow through this tiny vent-like window opening....
Also, there was no soap or shampoo -- just that liquid stuff in a dispenser in the "shower".
Finally, there are no restaurants for miles around, no night life, nothing. Just a Mc D, KFC, and a bunch of Home Depot like places. This is far from city center -- in fact you pay a toll to get there -- and convenient to nothing.
I could go on and on about this place -- but the bottom line is: don't stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel balladins Tours Sud offers 44 comfortable and quiet rooms, with private bathroom. A varied sweet and savory all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is served everyday in our restaurant. For the most connected, free and unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout the property is available, as well as digital tablets on request at reception! A meeting, a cocktail or another event to organize? Discover without delay our meeting room for up to 50 people. Free parking is also at your disposal and you will be able to park without worries during your stay with us. To relax, you can discover the Loire Valley, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the heart of the châteaux and vineyards of Touraine. Do not hesitate to ask for advice from all the reception staff who will help you in your choice of visits. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Balladins Tours Sud France/Chambray-Les-Tours