After some debate, we decided to stay here as we have stayed here before and it is very well situated for the Tunnel, being just around the corner from it. However we would have preferred to have been in Calais itself for meals, etc and drove in that night for dinner. The hotel's menu looked a little expensive.
It is a large, very pleasant and airy hotel and we had a good room with comfortable beds and a window you could actually open, which is always a bonus. The English channels on the TV were welcome as well.
We decided to go for a swim but the pool was pretty crowded. This might have been because it was early Sunday evening and it had been closed all afternoon. It was quite good to have a swim but the lockers in the changing rooms seemed unworkable and in the ladies' the toilet was blocked which is obviously far from ideal.
The staff were all courteous and we had plenty of tea and coffee available to make in our room.
Breakfast was fairly good, with a wide variety available and they had attempted an English breakfast of sorts, in view of their obviously large English clientele. However, most items in the "warming" pans were decidedly cold. Additionally, you couldn't help yourself to hot beverages, they poured us a coffee when we arrived which was cold by the time we came to drink it (as we wanted to drink fruit juice first) and was also desperately strong.
If you're coming here for a stop-over, as we were, and not necessarily to sightsee, then it is fine. It appears to have extensive conference facilities as well and plenty of parking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Calais Coquelles is located 2 minutes from Euro Tunnel, Cite Europe Shopping centre, Eurostar station, main Motorways to European destinations and Calais harbour. Surrounded by a peaceful park with an INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, private car park, Bedrooms with air conditioning during Summer period, a fitness centre with extended facilities (Sauna, Steam Room...), meeting rooms with day light, possibility of cocktail and dinner until 350 people and just 3 minutes from the White Cliffs of Cap Blanc Nez and the sandy beaches of the Opale Coast.. !! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Calais - Coquelles Hotel Calais
- Calais Holiday Inn