Stayed overnight at this modernish hotel in downtown Toulouse. Hotel is located about 5 minutes taxi ride from the mainline station and 20 minutes from the Airport. Entering the large open lobby, there is a small bar to the rear and a restaurant adjoining. Check in was prompt and efficient, I am Accor Platinum, so received a voucher for a complementary drink. Had a relatively spacious and quiet room on the 4th floor. Decor was a bit tired and one of the table lamp bulbs had blown - sloppy housekeeping. Bed was ok but I think that the new Ibis beds, although in a lower grade of hotel, are more comfortable. Pillows were quite firm. Good bathroom with separate stall shower and bath. The WC was in a separate room. Free wifi was offered but was so slow that to work efficiently one needed to upgrade to their premium offering. If free wifi isn't going to work properly - don't offer it.
Had a very pleasant dinner in the restaurant, as the hotel's location means that there are few good restaurants nearby. Service was friendly and attentive and the food was well cooked and imaginatively presented. Value was average. Did not have breakfast as I had a 6am cab to the airport. Checkout prompt and uncomplicated.
Of all the Accor brands, I get the impression that Novotel has lost its way a bit. Ii believe that the brand is designed to be middle market, but the price is not far from the Pullman/Sofitel level which are frankly of a much better standard. Even the Ibis chain, albeit with smaller rooms, represents much better value. Most of the Novotels that I have visited recently have required updating and refurbishment, I just can't help wandering how committed Accor is to this brand?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Toulouse Centre is a 3 star hotel close to the centre of Toulouse, alongside the magnificent Compans Caffarelli Park and the Japanese Garden, across from the Convention Centre. Offering 135 airconditioned rooms, the Novotel Cafe bar and restaurant and 6 conference rooms for meetings and seminars, this very quiet hotel is equally suitable for a business trip or a sightseeing trip with your partner or family. The private car park and swimming pool are a real bonus for an inner city hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Toulouse Centre Hotel Toulouse
- Accor Toulouse Centre
- Toulouse Novotel