I actually stayed at this hotel twice whilst en-route to Munich and back to the UK,
The first time parking was €9 for the night and I left the car outside in the secure compound as it was empty. For my return, I had a compliment of luggage so decided to park it in the hotel's underground garage. I had thought this would be at a cost but was given it gratis for the night. Bonus!
Check-in was smooth on both occasions, although the guy at reception on the second occasion seemed a little hostile towards some non French-speakers. That said, this is the case in most French-speaking countries. On the second occasion, the room had insufficient heating (it was 5 below outside!) but we were changed rooms quickly and efficiently, and the new room had very effective heating,
The rooms themselves were not exactly the Marriott but adequately designed nonetheless. Triple rooms have a bunk bed above the normal double bed, which is what I had on the second occasion as we were two males; interestingly this type of room proved cheaper than a standard double! One or two bits of trim were missing or loose but nothing major, and as this is a budget hotel these foibles can be somewhat overlooked. The beds were comfortable enough although, as previous reviews have stated, the pillows were somewhat on the thin side,
Breakfast was a fairly primitive affair, being chiefly composed of cereals, bread and jam; it really was best to eat lots of it in order to justify the €7.50 price tag, especially as with a car, it would be easy to just buy a few croissants from the nearby petrol station for a fraction of the cost. However a) it was January so going out of the hotel involved going into the cold and b) we received breakfast free on the second occasion, exact reason unknown but another bonus!
In conclusion, I would choose this hotel again if it was the cheapest by miles (the Campanile was nearly as cheap but I was slightly put off by the look of the buildings) but would possibly spend a little more and stay at the normal Ibis or Holiday Inn should I find myself driving past the area sometime in the near future. Maybe I just got lucky with all the gratuities of the second occasion, as the total price of a night's stay can tot up quite considerably otherwise!
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