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Ibis La Roche sur Yon
cambridge uk
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26 reviews
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“No chance to sample the restaurant...”
Reviewed October 17, 2011

Stayed here 2 nights in early September 2011 having travelled down from Dinan in the first few days of a 3 week road trip in France.

We picked Ibis RSY simply for its location; we wanted some time on the Atlantic coast (St Jeans de Mont / St Gilles / Sables D'Olonnes) and also for its relative proximity to the Puy du Fou 'Cinescenie' on the Friday night (a stunning night out, 20,000 spectators and 1200 actors - do not miss it if you are in the area!). So we saw little of the hotel on the Friday night, as we came straight in from the coast and left barely an hour later for Puy du Fou, arriving back at RSY about 1.30am.

Given the various good reviews for their restaurant, we planned the Saturday so that we could eat there on the Saturday night. However, on returning to the hotel in the late afternoon, we were disappointed to find a handwritten sign in the reception area explaining that the restaurant would not be open at all that evening 'due to unforeseen circumstances' (we never did find out why, exactly)...

This meant we had to trawl RSY for a place to eat. The town is (as has been noted by others) 'unremarkable' in that it is a good location for visiting other places locally but has little of interest aside from that. In the end, with the clock ticking and tummies rumbling, we settled for Bistro Yonnais, which is attached to the Mercure hotel in the town centre.

So; three 'issues' with Ibis RSY: the sudden unexplained 'loss' of the restaurant on the Saturday night; the beds were comfortable enough but were falling apart (!) in that the legs were very loose (not something you could miss when cleaning the room, surely?) and we felt that the bathroom was still a bit dated (even though the blurb for this Ibis stated that bathrooms had all just been revamped). Perhaps Accor see this as a 'stopover' hotel and decided to spend the money somewhere else?

On the plus side, we had breakfast there prior to leaving for La Rochelle on the Sunday, and it was excellent. Plenty of variety, everything fresh, well laid out and restocked constantly, good humoured service - a cracking start to the day!

Had the restaurant been available and lived up to expectations we would probably have given a 4 (very good) rating, but with all considered we think the 'Average' rating is about right.

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Cardigan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

IBIS La Roche Sur Yon
Easy location to find just a mile or so to the north of La Roche Sur Yon along a main road with loads of shops / businesses. Very close to a big Carrefour supermarket with cheap fuel ( diesel was 1.24 euro / L ). Hotel has a huge parking area and two main entrances. Room was good standard and overlooking car park. Despite being by the main road the double window system stopped any road noise.
We ate in the restaurant and had an excellent meal – it seemed popular with non residents as well. There is an outside terrace where you could eat as well but the weather was a bit rainy so did not use it.
Overall a pleasant IBIS in a very convenient location with helpful & friendly staff – we will use this one again when in the area.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

We stayed one night on a french road-trip. The room was a little on the small size (even for an Ibis), but it was, for the price, clean, good value, well placed and easy to find, and the staff were very friendly (if a little slow on leaving their own dinner in the restaurant to come and finally open the restaurant to the rest of us mere customers). The bed was sadly over-hard and left me with a sore back, but otherwise it was very good.

The big surprise was the food in the restaurnat, which was really excellent. It was a good start to a road-trip holiday and we were very pleased.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ibis La Roche sur Yon
Address: 160 rue du Clair Bocage | Zone Activites De Beaupuy 1, 85000 Mouilleron Le Captif, La Roche-sur-Yon, France
Location: France > Pays de la Loire > Vendee > La Roche-sur-Yon > Mouilleron Le Captif
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Mouilleron Le Captif
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis La Roche sur Yon 3*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ibis La Roche-sur-Yon, in the immediate vicinity of Vendespace near the shopping center 'The Strolling' offers for booking 91 air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and 4 meeting rooms. Hotel renovated: New Reception, Bar, 50 completely renovated rooms and all bathrooms. Restaurant: grilled Clair Bocage, a bar, a terrace, snacks 24h24 and free parking are available. 30Km of Sables d'Olonne and 50 km from the Puy du Fou. ... more   less 
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