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Review of Ibis Budget Besancon Centre Gare

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Ibis Budget Besancon Centre Gare
Ranked #12 of 34 Hotels in Besancon
South Africa
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good value and efficiently run”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

Rally excellent value! One of the cheapest hotels I have stayed in in Europe but certainly not the tackiest. Rooms are a decent size, clean and basic. You can't expect much for the price but perfect for a stopover for a night or two. The location is excellent in this regard.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

I never stayed at ETAP hotels before this time because I had the impression that ETAP chain is way below the standard of hotels that I normally stay in. For 2 nights in Besancon in May 2011, I needed a hotel right by the train station because I arrived on the train after mid-night, and left on 5am train. So the ETAP hotel directly across the street from the train station is it. The reception area did not look promising but the room was surprisingly new, modern, spacious, clean, and comfortable – in fact, it is far better than many of the 3 star accommodations I had ever stayed in all over Europe. Excellent shower, comfortable bed, good heating, spacious modern bathroom. It was excellent value. Besancon is a beautiful town, particularly for Vauban enthusiasts. It is very walk-able and has a good bus system. One could hop on the bus from practically anywhere in town to get back to train station within 10 minutes. Be sure to pick up food in city center, as there is only a couple of eating places near the train station area. Monoprix in town center has lots of ready-to-eat food items. The train station area is very safe and very quiet at night. This hotel is about 20 minute walk to town center, but it is very impressive to walk through Vauban's fortifications. I highly recommend this ETAP hotel!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

Clean and functional if a little noisy from the train station next door. The bed was rock solid but we were so tired it didnt matter! The bathroom was seperate which isnt always the case ( some etaps have the shower opening onto the room and a sink in the corner.) All the staff were friendly and helpful. Only a short walk to the town centre with lots of lovely restaurants and shops. Wouldnt expect anymore for the money we paid. Would stay there again if needed to be on a budget.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Maastricht
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2009

I've been on July 8th in Besançon for a night attending a business meeting the morning after. A first positive point is that is situated just in front of Besançon Viotte TGV train station. Walking to the City Centre take between 10 – 15 minutes. Even though the exterior looks quite dull (never stayed before to an Etap hotel) the interior is very proper even though still basic. The lady from the front desk was friendly enough. The rooms can accommodate up to three persons and have a TV, free Internet access (decent speed) and a proper bathroom. Everything was clean and tidy even though modest in accessories. The price for the room including breakfast was just 50 euros so for such short stay this leads to a decent quality-to-price ratio. Breakfast is a typically French, centred on sweets and being simple yet fresh and tasty. I strongly recommend the hotel for business related and generally short stays in Besançon.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2008

I stayed in the Etap at Besancon for one night during a journey by rail from England to Switzerland.

The hotel is ideally located for rail passengers, as it is immediately opposite the station.

Otherwise, what else can I say about the hotel? It's an Etap, with the usual, small, modular room. It has the usual double-bed-with-bunk-bed-
above, and the usual small bathroom, and the usual TV giving the usual French choice of CANAL+ or CANAL+...

But what does one expect from an Etap? You know exactly what you're going to get, and it delivers that perfectly acceptably. There's not even any point adding photos - the stock photos on their website show you exactly what you're going to get!

The good bit about this particular Etap was the breakfast. I was expecting nothing more than a croissant and a coffee; whilst there wasn't anything hot available, I was impressed by the fact that there were locally-sourced items such as apple compote. That alone gets the hotel marked up from 3/5 to 4/5...

Stayed February 2008
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Property: Ibis Budget Besancon Centre Gare
Address: 5 avenue Marechal Foch, 25000, Besancon, France (Formerly Ibis Besancon Gare)
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Location: France > Bourgogne-Franche-Comte > Doubs > Besancon
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 34 Hotels in Besancon
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Hotel Class:2 star — Ibis Budget Besancon Centre Gare 2*
Number of rooms: 87
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