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“Ignore the "good" review - this place needs an "outstanding" category of its own!” 5 of 5 stars
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9 rue Charcot, 6200 Arras, France   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 Arras B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
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“Ignore the "good" review - this place needs an "outstanding" category of its own!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

WantIng to avoid the nasty chain hotels, we found this gorgeous place searching for B&Bs in Arras. And how fortunate we were... You're not buying a night in an anonymous room - Le Pourquoi Pas is a suite of rooms within a friendly French household. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we loved this place - gorgeous and chic room, more visitor info than the local tourist office, lovely breakfast - and all within 10 minutes Of the lovely town centre. We walked smugly past the generic hotels in town each day, ecstatic that we had done something different and had he hottest room in town! Thank you for the hospitality - we will be back!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in early July 2012. There were 4 of us - 2 couples - and the rooms were ideal. I won't go into details, since the previous reviewer has already described it so well - but would say that the Taupe Room is worth the slightly higher rate if you're just wanting one room. Very comfortable beds, quiet street, no problems with (free) parking outside the door.
Do ask Dany for some milk if you need it - she will be pleased to help. Dany is a delight (and I enjoyed practising my French against her very good English - hope the lessons are still going well!)
...and my brother and sister-in-law, who don't speak any French, were made welcome, and relaxed instantly. Having the sitting/eating area outside our rooms was ideal - for having tea and making plans. We didn't cook, but you could easily do so.
We happily walked the short distance to get to the centre of town - and had a great meal one night at Le Petit Rat Porteur in one of the squares - Dany booked a table for us, which was a good idea.
We're looking forward to our next visit, to explore the area more.
Thank you Dany and Luc, for your hospitality and friendship!

Room Tip: The Taupe Room is larger, and has a larger shower room - and 'his and her' basins!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Our family of 5 stayed 1 night in, taking up both rooms, in Aug 2012 en route back to Calais. This b&b looks nothing special from the outside - an unpresupposing bungalow in an ordinary street. Its delights are revealed only on entry. The guest area is in an enormous attic conversion in the upstairs of the bungalow. The head height, however, is as high, if not higher, than in a normal house, and is very light and airy, despite mainly having only skylights. The two double rooms (one larger than the other, with room for a single bed as well) are absolutely beautiful. The en suite bathrooms are top notch - really luxurious fittings. As far as I can tell it has all been designed by Danielle (she is one half of the couple who run this b&b). There is also a georgeous sitting room/reading room area, which even has a little kitchenette and two small tables & chairs. This area is shared by the two bedrooms, although each bedroom can be locked separately. The kitchen has a fridge, 2 hobs and a microwave, plus utensils and crockery (as well as the usual kettle, tea/coffee) so you could easily heat up a pre-prepared meal for example. It is luxurious and romantic-looking enough to be the type of place that would pass as honeymoon suite (if you had it all to yourself) were it not for the fact that Arras is not really known as a honeymoon destination!

On a practical level, you can easily park outside, as it is a residential area with plenty of on-road parking. It is about a 5 minute walk from the railway station. Note that you can't check in on arrival until 4pm at the earliest. Breakfast is from 8am, but I suspect you could arrange to have it earlier if you needed to. Breakfast included and is either downstairs in Danielle & Luc's dining area, or you can have it up in the reading room if you want. It was the usual French fare of baguette, jam, cereal (if you wish), tea/coffee, fruit and yoghurt, all beautifully presented.

Danielle and Luc are a charming couple, very welcoming and friendly. They were very tolerant of our appauling French.

I don't know how much the chain hotels near the station are, but I would say that this b&b is worth splashing out on.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

We were met warmly by Daniele and shown to our beautifully decorated room which shared the upstairs area with another. There is a sitting area and small kitchenette between the two rooms and during two night our stay we had the whole area to ourselves. I took photos for reference when I redecorate at home! Luc was very helpful with ideas for places to eat, all of which were within easy walking distance.
The breakfast was wonderful with fresh pastries, cereals etc. The whole experience was excellent and would definitely stay again or recommend anyone to give this fantastic B&B a try.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We stayed in this lovely B and B while on a short trip to visit the Vimy Memorial. Our only regret is that we were not able to stay longer to explore the Arras area and to enjoy the beautifully appointed rooms.
The hosts are a charming couple who went beyond our expectations of service -- letting us use their garage to rearrange out suitcases for the flight home, carrying bags upstairs for us and chatting with us about their lovely house. The roomy bedrooms are tastefully decorated with obvious care for guest comfort and are sparkling clean. The B and B is a short walk from the train station and main square of Arras and the restaurant recommendation was great. We would highly recommend Le Pourquoi Pas and hope to stay there again some day.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sarreguemines, France
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Stayed in Le pourquoi pas, unfortunately just for one night! Daniele and Luc are great hosts, the place is modern and clean, the restaurant recommandation just perfect...
Looking forward to my next stay in Arras.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

For Gallic warmth and hospitality go no further than Le Pourquoi Pas. From the moment we set foot in Daniele and Luc's home we felt so welcome and were completely spoilt!!
The home is beautifully appointed with tasteful decor and furnishings. Everything is sparklingly clean - Daniele must spend hours keeping everywhere so immaculate. The bedroom was spacious and superbly furnished, the bed large and warm with crisp linen, the bathroom had a good shower which accommodated my big husband well and it was a walk-in type which suited me - how I hate trying to hoist myself into a bath shower - no mean feat at 70 years of age!
We were greeted with a drink of orange juice - "Vitamins" Daniele announced and then were able to make ourselves a cup of tea in the visitors' kitchenette accompanied by some home made cake.
Breakfasts were an absolute treat - fresh brioche each morning along with fresh fruit, French cheese, croissants, jams, yoghurt and fresh bread or rolls. We could have had fresh brewed coffee each morning but being of English stock chose tea along with a fruit juice.
Our hired car we stored in their garage and Luc loaned us a Tom Tom because we hired the car in Brussels and the GPSystem only worked in the Benelux countries. The weather was so foul in April this year our umbrellas were destroyed by the wind and rain on a trip to Villers-Bretonneux (the ANZAC memorial site), Daniele loaned us her umbrella. during our stay.
We were thrilled with Luc's advice to visit the Wellington Quarries, a stone's throw from their home - a must see for WWI visitors especially the Kiwis who left an indelible mark there.
My husband speaks school boy French and ashamedly I speak only a few phrases. Luc was our interpreter and spoke English well. Daniele is learning fast and we laughed so much at her Marcel Marceau impression of her visit to the 'boves' underneath the Town Hall.
Daniele and Luc did everything within their power to make our stay enjoyable and so memorable - we had booked for three nights but decided to stay an extra one because of this. We cannot praise this little gem highly enough. Who in their right mind would want to stay at an impersonal hotel when there are such lovely places as Le Pourquoi Pas around? Thank you Trip Advisor for this avenue available to travellers to share their experiences but a bigger THANK YOU to Daniele and Luc - GOOD LUCK in your B & B venture.

Room Tip: Both rooms were well equipped and quiet ensuring a good night's sleep.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9 rue Charcot, 6200 Arras, France
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Location: France > Nord-Pas-de-Calais > Pas-de-Calais > Arras
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Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Arras
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