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hotelF1 Calais Coquelles
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Coquelles
Reviewed 6 April 2014

I know it was cheap, just a bed for a night in Calais but I would have expected towels, the room was unappealing, half the tv channels were unavailable, there were ants crawling over everything and the heater fell off the wall.

The toilets were not clean and perhaps it was as well that there were no towels as the showers didn't look too clean.

The breakfast was nice and as described and the chap in charge was very pleasant. Next time we will spend the extra 5 euros or so and get something better

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

An interesting collection of reviews on this place so far, so I thought I would add mine.

This is a Formule 1. It is the same as all the other Formule 1's in that is is cheap. When there is cheap accommodation, expect it to be used by people who haven't got much money or are working locally and don't want to spend their wages on posh hotels.

Yes, it smells sometimes. Yes the communal showers and toilets will get used by others and some of them are not going to leave it as meticulously clean as you would like. Yes, some people smoke it the rooms and sometimes it will be noisy. Some of the rooms are used by workmen who are working shifts and as one lot leave, their colleagues on the previous shift come back and take the rooms over. Its happening all over France in Formule 1's. Its what they are like.

Just like all the other Formule 1's and some Ibis Budget's this one is manned during the morning and again in the evening. Any other time of the day and it is self service. It keeps the running costs down. The locations of Formule 1's will always be "on the edge". You're not going to find them on prime real estate. Why would a business buy an expensive, desirable plot of land and then build a low budget hotel?

Formule 1's are a means to an end. Nothing more, nothing less.

This one is cleaner than most. It has secure free parking. Breakfast is a basic continental offering and is adequate. The showers are hot. The toilet has paper and flushes. One vending machine serves coffee and you can buy a cold drink or snacks in the other. If you want anything more than that, it would be better go up the road to the Ibis Budget, Ibis or Novotel and pay whatever you fancy.

For smells, you can open a window.
For noise, you can sleep with ear plugs.
For showers, you can either not have one or put something on your feet.
For a decent breakfast you can go to Auchen 300 yards away.
For an evening meal you can go to Buffalo Grill also 300 yards away.

I have also arrived here during the day when rooms, showers, toilets etc have just been cleaned and hardly anyone else is checked in. It does happen. For cheap, basic, roof over your head, bed and very basic facilities, it is absolutely spot on.

Finally, I have never paid more than the princely sum of £26 regardless of time of year and I don't stay more than one night at a time because I only use it for Chunnel convenience.

Room Tip: Pot luck but when you're riding a motorbike in the pouring rain and soaked to the skin any of th...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Good value for money for those who need time to wait for the Eurotunnel the next day, or for those who just cross it and will not go traveling in the same day. Standard breakfast for travelers. There are no restaurants or coffee shops nearby.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Stayed here for one night stop over on the way to disneyland paris. The rooms smelt of smoke and the motel was full of builders which made us feel a little wary of allowing the children to walk around the corridors on their own. I think next time I would pay a tiny bit more and have a room that was clean and had an en suite.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

you get what you pay for. cheap means portacabin and rather banging doors., toilets in corridor, shower in corridor with frustrating dead man switch . next time for extra 5 Euros will stay at Ibis budget, also much closer to Shuttle entrance

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We usually stay at Calais Etap (now Ibis Budget). But tried the Formule 1 for a change. It was very good. Its true that the noise of doors opening and closing was quite clear, but as it is used mainly by workers on jobs in the area, most observed the french unofficial shut down of 10.00 pm as they have to rise early so we slept well.
The breakfast was the best we have had in a Formule 1. A really well looked after breakfast room. Even a quick toaster for us Brits favourite start to the day. Will definetly go there again, especially with the Auchan Supermarket next door.

Room Tip: There is a short cut to the supermarket at the end of the cul-de-sac.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

If you want a bed after a late tunnel crossing or before an early one then for £25 this is a cheap, convenient option. However, due to the thin walls it can be very noisy and the shared toilets/ showers aren't always perfectly clean. We would use it again though.

A positive was that they never charged us for our dog staying with us so that saved another £5!

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Avenue Charles de Gaulle, 62231 Coquelles, France
Region: France > Hauts-de-France > Pas-de-Calais > Coquelles
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Coquelles
Price Range: £22 - £30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — hotelF1 Calais Coquelles 1*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Trio and duo rooms 100 % renovated a smiling welcome, an atmosphere with peppy colours to get yur stay off to a good start a flat screen for tv viewing with digital tv and english channels unlimited free wifi in all rooms free and closed car park self service breakfast buffet ... more   less 
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