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“Avoid this place” 1 of 5 stars
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Les Gens de Mer
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Quai du Risban, 59140 Dunkerque, France   |  
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Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Dunkerque
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Avoid this place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

Oh my god! This was just an overnight stay because we had a Ferry early the next morning. I'm really glad we got there late and took time out to have dinner in Bruges on-route. The hotel is hard to find as it's down a side street and not sign posted. On arrival the reception is filthy and the reception guy was awful, not very helpful or understanding. Throughout the hotel there is a distinct cigarette smell. The hotel reminded me of the classic Carry On Abroad Film, a hotel not finished and building work everywhere (which I can guarantee would not meet the health & safety regulations in the UK!), cables hanging, wood nailed over holes, etc. We decided to take the stairs to our first floor room rather than the lifts. When we got to the first floor we saw the stairs going up to the second floor boarded off. It was done in such a way that it reminded me of the zombie movies and how in them to survive you'd attempt to board the doors up yourself. I travel a lot and I have to say this is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in and I've stayed in some bad ones. Our room was okay (apart from the cigarette smell), our bathroom was dirty though, there were hairs in the bath. The pillows were as thick as a rolled up pair of socks but the sheets were at least clean. We're back in England now but I still think I'm suffering from shock from how dismal this place was and the fact that it hasn't been shut down. For the same price you can book in to the Ibis just down the road, which we would have it it hadn't been fully booked. The pictures for this hotel in my opinion are very misleading. Avoid at all costs.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

I read reviews of this hotel before booking and can only say these people have very low standards. I don't expect the ritz but this hotel is minging. On arrival we found a hotel in darkness surrounded by skips, builders fences, piles of rubbish, sand and machinery. The hotel looks like a spanish developers building site and we thought it was closed. Parking is behind the hotel with the entrance off a completely different road. There is no security and residents of a condo park there as well. If this hotel gets half full you can forget having a parking space. The dining room shown in the pictures is closed and dismantelled so don't expect to get a meal here as advertised. Not that you would want to eat here. The receptionist is pleasant enough and does her best. The creaking manky lift to the rooms can take two people max and if you have more than one travel case forget it. The rooms are basic and try to be tidy but are in fact dirty and un-maintained. they come complete with creaking light outside the window. there are no tea or coffee making facilities and there is not even a hair drier for the ladies. You get one small flat pillow on the bed teamed up with ancient sheets complete with holes in them. The bathroom we had was dirty, covered in mildue and came complete with a stained and cracked toilet, oh and no extractor to remove the damp or the loo smells. This just filters into your room. The towels, when wet, made you smellier than before you took a shower. The shower itself is taken off the bath tap so good luck getting a proper temperature and the cheap stained curtain follows you around the bath like a bad smell. Breakfast is a joke and for the 9 euros they charge extra the name Dick Turpin came to mind. In summery find somewhere else to stay. Pay the extra and do yourself a favour. Try the Hotel Borel around the corner. Much nicer. The Gens de Mer is just a doss house.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2009

Hotel slightly over priced but clean and rooms were recently renovated. If you arrive outwith hours make sure you've been booked in and not just handed a key!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2006

We stayed here for 3 nights in late September. Although a little out-of-the way, Les Gens de Mer was still walking distance to downtown Dunkerque and an excellent value. Our room was large, sparkling clean, and had a lovely view of the bridge and canal, and was under 50 Euros a night. The breakfast buffet (available for 7 Euros) was very European, but also a wonderful value, and included fruit juices, croissants and bread, cold cereals, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, and usually smoked fish of some sort, as well as hot water for tea and coffee. Give the coffee a miss, though, as there's better to be found elsewhere.

  • Liked — the room size and the view
  • Disliked — distance from center of town
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Quai du Risban, 59140 Dunkerque, France
Location: France > Nord-Pas-de-Calais > Nord > Dunkerque
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Dunkerque
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Hotel Class:2 star — Les Gens de Mer 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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