The hotel is one of three situated behind a shopping centre and is easy to find from the A40 (J5) if you are looking for a cheap overnight stop. Secure car parking is a major advantage but the car park is small & fills up quickly. Alternative parking is available outside the hotel gate.
The friendly and efficient staff more than make up for the inadequacies of the hotel chain's management and its apparent lack of concern for its hotel's upkeep. The rooms are small and the en-suite facilities are cramped (1m wide). Decoration needs immediate attention as it is very tired, even exhausted. A heavy scent of lemon aerosol masked the odour from elderly carpets; a handle fell off the toilet door; being small, the rooms' walls are grubby due to people rubbing against them to pass one another; a false ceiling panel, damaged by water penetration, had not been replaced. We overheard other guests complaining about issues with their rooms too. However, the sheets were clean, towels were provided, the water was hot and the TV worked!! The sleep quality was OK but there was noise pollution from the nearby dual carriageway from early morning.
Breakfast (6€) was a well stocked buffet in a comparatively small room, leading to overcrowding, and, whilst being available from 0700 in the week, was only open from 0800 at the weekend. There was the usual selection of hot drinks, fruit juice, breads, cold meats and cheese etc. Tables were cleared and the buffet re-stocked quickly by the reception staff. There is no restaurant but the Hotel Campanile next door has a decent dining area open to non-residents if you require an evening meal.
Ground floor rooms are accessible by disabled guests but the narrowness of spaces in the rooms would make wheelchair use impractical.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The balladins Bourg-en-Bresse / Viriat hotel offers comfortable, affordable accommodation near the motorway, 3 kilometers from the city center and 4 kilometers from the train station. The non-smoking rooms have a private bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet, a work area and a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include private toilets and shared showers. 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! Free parking is also at your disposal and you will be able to park without worries during your stay with us. ... more less
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