The hotel was very, very central to the city center...actually smack dab in the middle. My room #306, had a nice view of the city with a window that opened to face the city center. It was clean and comfortable. The carpets are a little worn and so was the sitting chair. But the bathroom was clean, and looked as though it might have been newly renovated with a very nice size shower. The hair dryer was tricky to maneuver as it was just a long hose that wouldn't stay locked in place and on, and it wasn't very strong. Wish I had brought my own.The hotel has a lift and you have to go to the 3rd floor to check in. Tricky finding the entrance. It is next to the burger place. There is a keypad that you have to press the arrow up until it says Angelina, then press the button that looks like a bell then get buzzed in. I did not have any problem getting back into the building late, someone is always at the desk to buzz you in even at 1 a.m. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The hotel has a breakfast area behind the front desk. I was at a conference so I didn't eat there, but it's 7.50 euros if you want to, but I suggest running across the street to the Lafayette Grocery and Dept Store to grab the same breakfast at their bakery (croissant and juice) for much less. The Internet has a passcode and is not very strong in the evening. If you use up too many minutes, your "hours" and access info will expire and you will need to go to the front desk to ask for another login passcode. Tip: Be sure to log off internet when not there or overnight, that will save you from having to do that.
The hotel rates are very, very reasonable. I would definitely stay again if I returned.
THINGS TO DO AND GETTING AROUND
Metro is very easy, I was traveling to/from Renne 2 university. So much nicer and easier than Paris. If you are coming from Paris, airfares are the same as train and more reliable. There was a strike going on when I was in Paris and they canceled my train ticket.
From Rennes Airport: I took the bus to get there, which drops off right across the street from hotel. However, I was leaving back to airport on a Sunday, and the bus only runs every hour. It is not at the main bus stop (across from hotel entrance), the stop is one street down from the burger place, and across the street on a side street. I ended up taking a cab that cost me 20 euro because I missed the bus.
Where to Eat in Rennes: Cafe's are everywhere, even next to hotel. Walk 2 or 3 streets past the bus station (past Lafayette) and to the left there is a small open surrounded by cafes. Warning: If you get there late, not one cafe sells menu food until after 7 or even 8 p.m. However, I had the absolutely best pizza at le Cinque, which is 2 doors down from the hotel. You can get a Demi pizza (half pizza) for 8.50 euros. For some very, very French food and a truly French eating experience try Le tire Bouchon, it's near the medieval section of town.
Music: Le Cave is a must visit. Live bands (jazz, blues, even open mic). It is right next to the carousel in the city hall square. It is literally bar in a cellar or "cave." They also have food I think, but we just went for the wine and entertainment. We went on open mic night and there was a jazz band hosting, and another night was swing with a rock feel (think Stray Cats meets Elvis), really fun.
Historical Sites and Great Walks:
1. Visit the Parc du Thabor. I missed this, walked up to entrance but was late for a dinner, but many of my colleagues said the park is breakthtaking. It's about a 5-10 min walk from hotel. Even the entrance was pretty.
2. Medieval section near old drawbridge is very historical. There is a Saturday fresh market every Saturday nearby that has been going on there for hundreds of years.
3. Great vintage shops if you like that
4. Lafayette Dept. Store, 20, 40, and 50% discounts on designer clothes. There are also a lot of other designer shops around.
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