To be honest there aren't many great hotels in Arras - so this is certainly the best option in the city for those looking to be fairly close to the centre.
Positives - ten minute walk away from main squares, the town hall and shopping areas - and a 10 minute walk from the Wellington Quarry (a must - see other review). Good size rooms (front of hotel 4th floor), good selection at breakfast, fast and free wifi, secure parking under hotel with direct access vis lift (but public car park - chargeable at 10 euros 50 cents a day), friendly reception staff who speak English. Reasonable priced hotel - we'd paid about 90 euros per night for a large family room. Lots of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance, quiet at night as not many passers by.
Negatives - you can hear the trains during the night as the line is immediately opposite the hotel so if you're a light sleeper bring foam ear plugs, not many English TV channels ( just news), does get busy with battlefield tour parties.
Tip - bigger rooms are at front of hotel (although overlook train station and road). You can park for free on the road outside the hotel from 6pm on a Saturday and all of Sunday so you don't need to use the underground car park on those days. Get to breakfast early for best selection of pastries and make your own orange juice using the machine rather than drinking the ready made stuff - so much nicer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 98 large rooms, Free Wifi, recently renovated lounge bar (February 2012), Airconditioning, Continental buffet breakfast, meeting rooms, public car park with direct access to reception desk, and a friendly and helpful staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Arras Hotel Arras
- Arras Holiday Inn Express
- Holiday Inn Arras