So there we were looking on StreetView to check out the industrial area around the B&B group hotel on the outskirts of Brest at Guesnou when we noticed the Escale Oceania Hotel next door. A quick check suggested that it was probably a cut above the B&B and for only 7 euros extra for a Sunday night stay in June (€59 + 2.20 tax). We were very pleased that we made the booking because, although breakfast pushed the extra up another 8 euros over a B&B, the package was well worth the difference over a B&B.
For the start, there was plenty of parking with decent size bays, a spacious reception/bar area and a very decent-size room. The bathroom had all that was needed with a big power showerhead, mirrors and hair drier, with a separate lavatory. Everything was clean and didn’t have that tired look that often goes with well-used hotels on French industrial areas. The only downside was that the air conditioning was ineffective and we noticed that our room and, presumably, the other occupied rooms on the first floor had been left with windows open on a very hot afternoon. Reception staff was also helpful as it was Sunday night and the restaurant was not open. Unfortunately, on following the recommendation to eat in the Campanile next door, we arrived a couple of minutes after a coach deposited a big party of hungry Brits and realized we would not get served for an hour or more.
Instead, we drove out of the estate, turned left and five minutes down the road found a burger joint, an Asian restaurant and our choice, a very nice Flunch cafeteria (with young staff keen to use English), which allowed us to have a welcome light meal of a starter and a pudding. Breakfast at the Oceania turned out to be big on choice for 11 euros each and a very pleasant meal with a hot option. It was noticeable that non-residents were coming in for their breakfast meetings so it obviously has a local reputation.
We shall happily stay again at the Escale Oceania in Brest and certainly try other hotels in the group. It is not just handy for the airport but there is a tram service on the edge of the industrial estate that presumably runs into the city centre and could be a good way of having a look around Brest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 5 minutes' walk from the tramway, "Porte de Gouesnou" stop, at the heart of the business district, and close to the airport, our hotel is a perfect stopover, with its bright and spacious room, heated swimming pool, terrace and fitness room, as well as 200 m2 of flexible meeting and function rooms, and free parking... Welcome aboard! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oceania Brest Aeroport Hotel