Having had before, an overnight stay in a Chalons-en-Champagne motel (basic amenities - please see my other reviews), I did not have any high expectations of this hotel which was booked for me by my cousin as a venue for one-night en route from Italy to the UK. I was very pleasantly surprised by this welcoming, attractive and comfortable little hotel. OK, it is on a large, sub-urban retail-park surounded by quite a few motels, restaurants (see my review of the local Chinese restaurant) and industrial units, so the views from the windows are not picturesque but there is adequate parking, it is reasonably quiet and it is very easy to find being not too far from major roads and peage routes.
The decor is very 'Swiss chalet' - all wood panelling and antique (?) agricultural artefacts and there is a comfortable lounge/bar area. Unfortunately this lounge/bar closes at 9pm on a Sunday...and I mean closes completely in that it is shuttered, locked and not even the lounge bit is available for a quiet read/sit/chat ! Well, look on the bright side....you are encouraged to have an early night !!
The rooms are absolutey fine and fit for purpose. Mine was clean, comfortable, reasonably spacious and had a small but absolutely perfect en-suite shower/loo/sink. There is free WiFi and a TV as well as a phone which allows you to set up your own alarm call (there is a charge if you ask the reception to wake you up !). Amazingly (and I know this is characteristically British of me to want this !) there was tea/coffee making facilities (kettle) in the room and the charming receptionist told me that should I want fresh milk for my drink then all I had to do was ask... (providing I asked before 9pm I suppose as the reception closed then !).
Breakfast was great....the usual French fare and plenty of it. I loved the crazy coffee machine which changed colour whilst making your brew (but then, I am easily entertained !!).
All in all a good place to chose for a night or two. I liked it, I recommend it, I would definitely stay there again on my way across that part of Northern Europe.
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