We've had a bit of experience with budget hotel chains in france now, after several years doing the calais-med hike and the obligatory stopover. The b&b chain all seem to look considerably more inviting than many of the others (etaps often look like portacabins glued together, for instance!) and from the outside this place looks really quite smart. As others have said, it's fairly convenient for the main roads, too - although we did get a bit lost on the way in and Evreux is a strange place, the area near the hotel is miles of high rise social housing surrounding the biggest Lycee i've ever seen, designed in the style of a stalinist prison.
We'd booked (and had confirmed on our reservation printout) a king bed, non smoking room. The king bed thing was a massive plus as my partner is tall and we don't sleep well in a normal double. When we arrived at the room, it was obvious that it had been smoked in quite a bit, we should've gone straight back to reception and asked to move, but we were knackered from the day's driving and decided we'd live with it- there's nobody at reception overnight in these places anyway so we'd have had to run straight back there as they were about to go off duty.
Rest of the room was OK though - bathroom above average for budget places, with a good shower and nice fittings. More than one towel between us would've been nice.
However the king bed was definitely there (along with the only one almost flat pillow each which again seem to be standard in most french hotels. next year i'm bringing my own in the car...) so we went off to the Courtepaille (basically a Harvester, but just across the way) expecting a good night's sleep.
Not so - when we got into the bed later, it was absolutely the hardest bed i have experienced in my entire life. It felt like a plank with an inch of futon padding on the top. Neither of us could get to sleep - if i turned on my side, i got a dead arm in minutes. That was when the smoky smell really started to bother me too.
So, i won't be going to a B&B again - we're only using them for a few hours of unconsciousness on the drive, and as we didn't manage much of that, I won't be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B&B Hotel Evreux Looking for a cheap hotel in Haute-Normandie? Welcome to our B&B Hotel Evreux! A cheap hotel near the N13 and N154 roads and 105 Evreux-Fauville air base Just off the N13 and N154 roads, the 105 Evreux-Fauville air base is within easy reach of the B&B Hotel Evreux. Those who arrive by train will be pleased to know we are just 10 minutes from the train station. The hotel is also near the city centre of Evreux. ... more less
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