We arrived on a Sunday night without a reservation and were very quickly checked in and in our room after a long drive through France. Parking is in a secure compound underneath the hotel which was a relief as our car was full to brimming with lots of camping stuff which we would have felt a bit vulnerable about leaving on the road. The room was perfectly adequate, with everything in it you would expect. I was surprised by the comfort of the bed and the quality of the bed clothes, as past experiences of Ibis hotels have been less than luxurious. Our room was on the roadside with a view over some water. The room was at least triple glazed so there was no issue with road noise. There was air conditioning in the room, which we needed and it worked adequately rather than brilliantly. The hotel offers two levels of WiFi, with a free service which is pretty slow and only just about enough for picking up emails or reading the paper, and a pay for service which is super fast that supports VPN access. it was less than 3 euros for a day, but we opted not to - specially as the TV in the room had BBC1 and BBC2.
Everything in the bathroom functioned, though it's probably fair to say that the bathroom was the least enticing thing about the hotel. Clearly this is an old hotel with successfully refreshed rooms, and not so successfully refreshed bathrooms. The bath was small and functional, but the overall finish of the bath and the walls around it was a tad shabby. I did also find a hair on the bath which didn't bother me particularly, but if you are a clean freak then you would have been upset. Otherwise the room and bathroom were very clean. The state of the bathroom certainly wasn't a deal breaker and it wouldn't stop me staying there again. As is common with budget style hotels, there are not many towels, so I would recommend bringing one of your own, particularly if there are two of you.
I found one plug in the room which I used to charge the phone and keep our mini fridge going. It was underneath a table surface, so took some finding, and it was good that I had a double adaptor to keep both devices going at the same time.
The hotel is in a great location for travellers. We arrived from the south and followed signs to Centre Ville and there is was on the right hand side, a few minutes walk from the centre where there are plenty of restaurants. You can pick up signs to the Autoroute for Calais directly from the hotel without having to retrace your steps. Petrol/diesel are available at a huge Leclerk hypermarket on the outskirts of town on your way from the motorway to the hotel.
I did think that the bill of over 80 Euros for one night without breakfast was steep for what we got, but it was convenient and provided us with safety and a bit of comfort after a long drive on the way home. I would stay here again, though it isn't a destination hotel in itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L'hôtel Ibis Boulogne sur Mer Centre les Ports est idéalement situé face à la Liane, à 2 pas du centre ville commerçant et du port de plaisance, à 5 minutes de Nausicàa, de la plage, de la Vieille Ville et sa cathédrale.Accès rapide à l'Autoroute A16. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Boulogne Sur Mer
- Accor Boulogne Sur Mer