Have just had a couple of fantastic days at Hotel Imperator. The lady at reception was very friendly and happy to answer all of my touristy questions. The bedroom is very large with a bathroom and a separate toilet with large shuttered windows opening out to give a view onto a tree lined avenue with cafes. The hotel information provided in the rooms tells us that the hotel building dates from 1864 and was the HQ for the Kommandantur during WW2 until Beziers was liberated on 22nd Aug 1944..... We love the location....easy access to the tourist sites and just 5 minutes from the very respectable bus station from where you can catch a bus to Valras Plage beach (30 min journey) for 1 euro! I think that the airport bus is just 5 euros!
People are turning up to the breakfast buffet wondering how to get a meal. The coffee was undrinkable, and two out of the three standard French breakfast buffet snacks ran out in the first hour and I was told quite bruskly "no there are no more" Shame it was such a poor experience, the room itself was okay.
The Imperator is an excellent hotel. The central location gives east access to al of Beziers and is right on the street where the various markets are held. Very helpful staff, who keep the reception and lounge area spotless. Lovely large room. Brilliant bedroom window views of the rooftops and countless swallows. Great breakfast and a brilliant old stables which doubles as a free garage for guests. Highly recommended.
The staff were all very friendly, polite and helpful. The hotel is in a great position in Beziers, convenient for everything. Having said that, the hotel, generally, is tired and in need of some TLC and refurbishment/redecoration. The courtyard, at the back, where you can take breakfast if you wish, really summed it up for me. There are lots of plant pots full up with undeadheaded flowers and half dead plants, which have practically given up the ghost. If you can't look after plants, it's better off to chuck them away. This lack of care seemed to extend to other areas of the hotel and the bedrooms. Having said that, it's not terrible and, if you get a deal, then the position of it and the staff make it acceptable. I see some people have complained about the breakfasts, but, apart from the rather naff tinned fruit salad, we found it about par for the French course - buffet-style, nice bread, sliced ham and cheeses, croissants, jams, tea and coffee making machine and it all seemed to flow well, so no problems there.…
My wife and I enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is ideally positioned on the main square and we had a beautiful view from our room of the floodlit cathedral. The staff were very friendly, and well informed to provide help with trip planning etc. On the down side the free internet was difficult, there was only liquid soap in the bathroom ( I personal prefer a bar) and the decor is gaudy. On the whole the good value for money would bring us back.