I'll qualify my overall "Excellent" rating by saying this hotel is "Excellent" for an Ibis. Indeed, this is the best Ibis we have ever stayed in.
- Modern bathroom with fully-enclosed shower and a real electrical outlet.
- Large room (especially for an Ibis) and comfortable.
- A truly excellent value with the Accor.com Early Booking (30%) discount.
- Front desk personnel very friendly and accommodating. Willingly gave an extra towel when we asked (and in fact, gave us two).
- Free parking (but see below) and Wi-Fi worked quite well.
- Good location for tourists. Front desk gave us a map and directions to sites. About 20 min (steep) walk to Vauban fortress. Easy and close walk to restaurants and other sites.
- Surprisingly good breakfast buffet.
This is both a plus and a minus: If you are driving, be aware that construction has disrupted traffic all over town and around the hotel. However, it's easy to find the hotel if you follow the excellent "Hotel Ibis Centre Ville" signage, even with the detour. I commend the hotel for ensuring that.
- Combo soap/shampoo in a wall-mounted, hard-to-squeeze bottle.
- To use the hair dryer, you have to hold the button the entire time you are using it (so is a bit awkward).
- If you have a large car, you may not be able to squeeze into the parking lot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Besancon Centre Ville hotel is located on the bank of the Doubs, in the centre of the historic city. Its guests can explore in a few minutes on foot the riches of Besancon, such as the Citadel, its museums and the Palais Granvelle. It has 49 refurbished and air-conditioned rooms, a meeting room that can be booked ( 20 persons max ), closed indoor pay parking ( entrance 2m30 large) or public parking at 230 meters, restaurants and shops close by, a bar open 24/24 and Wifi wireless Internet access. The railway mouillere station is 500 m from the hotel and the tram 50 meters. ... more less
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