We were looking for somewhere in Rouen to lay our head on a 2 day trip of the Normandy Area, we read one or two reviews of other customers who had stayed here, they seemed to be ok, so we decided for the price quoted €58.00 it was reasonable considering we are a couple, who prefers to find a clean room, a decent shower, and a comfortable bed, and spend any extras on a good quality meal when we stay anywhere, we were not disappointed, but at the same time, we were not blown away, the Hotel Ibis was pretty easy to find with good mapping software from Tom Tom, and when we left Calais at about 9am, we arrived around 11.15am, at the gate of the hotel.
As other travellers have already stated, the entrance to the Ibis is barrier controlled, but it opens on entry automatically, there appears to be adequate parking, unlike some of the other offerings in Rouen, it costs €5.00 to park for 24 hours, and this was explained to us by the receptionist a very well spoken Angelique who speaks great english, and after all, it is in France, so that was welcome.
Although we had reserved through booking.com, we did not have to pay our final bill until the next morning, which again seemed to be welcome, as others have already mentioned so many times on reviewing the Ibis the rooms are fairly small, in fact you have to shuffle sideways, well I did, to get past the bed, but they are clean, comfortable, good size flat screen t.v. but all French speaking Channels, its what you expect in France of course, sadly, no english news channels, i.e. BBC World, CNN, that's something that you would expect in a global economy, however, as we were not there to watch television it was a non issue.
Their is Free WIFI all around the hotel area, which was welcome in the room, took a couple of minutes to register and voila, you are online, fairly fast as well, the rooms have plenty of electric plugs, for your digital gadgets cameras etc, and their is a table, chair and mini soft seat to one side.
The bed was in my opinion extremely comfortable, I had a great nights sleep, and so did my wife, we were impressed, 2 sets of pillows if you need them, the bathroom was adequate, good easy access shower, shower gel in a squeeze bottle, both on basin and in shower, adequate towels, etc, a hair dryer, really the room has everything you need.
We took the breakfast in the morning in the Le Table restaurant the breakfast is €7.00 person, it is not english style, but the usual French Continental offerings, breads, baguette, croissants, james, preserves, quiche, yoghurts, cheeses, ham, cereals, fresh orange or apple juice machine, good quality coffee machine latte's cappuccinos, and its a help yourself buffet style, grab a tray and load up routine.
The parking is a first come first served basis, my tip is, if you are in Rouen anyway, say in the morning or near lunchtime, get your car in early, although in the morning I noticed there were only about 8 or 9 cars there, obviously at other times it gets busy, we walked to Rouen old town, its about a 15-20 minute walk up the avenue next to the river, you have to cross a couple of streets, or go in the under pass which was heavily graffiti'd not the most welcome sight, but as I said, its about a 15-20 minute walk, to me Rouen Ibis is a base to explore the rest of the Normandy area, Honfleur is about 1 hour, Mont St Michel about 2 hours 50 mins, Le Havre again about 1 hour, we were satisfied with our stay, we would come back. my parting comment is, its a low budget traveller hotel, and its reasonable, with a good nights sleep, what more can you ask for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ibis Rouen Centre Rive Droite offers comfortable rooms close to Rouen city center. It is perfect for business or leisure travel and is within easy reach of Rouen's main attractions: Place du Vieux Marche, Rue du Gros Horloge, Notre Dame cathedral, theChurch of Saint Joan of Arc, the museum of fine arts, the Kindarena sports complex, Rouen Business School, the Docks 76 mall complex, the ile Lacroix ice hockey arena, the Seine, the port, the Flaubert bridge, and more. The ibis Rouen Centre Rive Droite is the ideal place to stay for athletes: just a stone's throw from the Kindarena sports complex (SPO Rouen Basket, volleyball, handball, major events, etc.) And 5 minutes from the ice rink, Stade Robert Diochon and more. ... more less
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