I am giving this a poor score, not because I didn't like spending the night there, but because this is what this chain of hotels is supposed to be: poor. Basic service. If I rate it as excellent it may confuse the traveller who hasn't heard of these hotels.
Basically, you use F1 hotels if you don't want to sleep in the street. If your other options are camping or sleeping in your car. That's when these hotels come in handy.
Know what to expect though, a roof on your head and a bed. THAT'S IT. That's what you pay for and that's what you get. It prevents you from sleeping in the street.
I wouldn't use them for a holiday, but we were picking up our car that we left with my relatives in Italy some months ago and were driving back to the UK, so we stopped here and there to sleep during our road trip. These hotels are lifesavers, when we drove for too long and were tired, we could sleep in a bed for a little money. A room for two, 35 euros, that's like £15 per person and it kept us safe during our road trip.
We arrived quite late so there was no one at the reception, but we ringed the intercom and two receptionists came downstairs to greet us. It was packed so there was only a room available, in the smokers area, we took it anyway but I couldn't sleep because of the strong smell of smoke, but I can't complain because it was my choice to accept the room anyway. My other options would have been spend a lot of money or sleep in the car!
The rooms are basic, a double bec and a small bed and a sink, no toilet or wardrobes. But think this, if you weren't here you would be paying 70 euros somewhere else or sleeping in your car.
The room was reasonably clean.
Even though I am grateful these cheap places exist, I wouldn't use more than is absolutely necessary. You can use their shower (that you share with everybody else) but I wouldn't shower there, I washed at the sink in my room and used wet wipes for myself and dry shampoo for my hair.
Also there's no toilet in the room, you share that one with everybody else too, so just use common sense and do what you do in public toilets, don't touch the seat but have your bum "floating" over the seat, just like when you pee at the services on the motorway. Also wash under running water when using the sink in your room, I wonder if people pee in the sink if they can't be bothered to leave the room for a pee at night (£15 a night per person, we can't be delicate like princesses).
Don't bother with breakfast, you pay extra and it's not worth the quality.
The hotel has free car park and free wifi, that's fantastic.
So, basically, don't think of this place as a hotel. It's not. You would be hugely disappointed. Think of this place as an aid to your road trip, that prevents you from sleeping in the car or having to keep driving when you are tired. That's what it is and thank goodness it exists because I wouldn't have wanted to spend money in good hotels just to bring my car from Italy to the UK.
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