My sister and I had only a one-night stay-over in Poitiers in early October, 2013 and had reserved a twin room at Mercure Poitiers Centre on-line before we left the U.S. for our trip. We were pleased at how close to the city center the hotel is located: within a couple of blocks of several of the major tourism sites: the church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande and the Palais de Justice. Cafes, restaurants, shops and the Cordeliers shopping center are all very close. This hotel is located perfectly for travelers without a car. (We took a taxi between the train station and the hotel.)
The building of the hotel is a blend of a modern wing and a 19th-century church, complete with windows with stone tracery, pointed arches, columns with fluted capitals. We stayed in one of the less expensive rooms in the modern part of the hotel, but when I expressed disappointment in not being in the historic section, the wonderful concierge offered to take us on a tour of several of the vacant rooms. He gave us a personally guided tour of the historic part of the hotel, complete with commentary and a real enthusiasm for his place of employment: he took us into his "favorite" room which had many of the architectural elements (that I mentioned previously in this review). All the rooms he showed us were decorated in a blend of modern and period furnishings. The concierge also reserved a taxi for us for our time of departure and recommended local restaurants after praising the hotel's restaurant (which we did not choose because we wanted to dine out).
OK, so our room was in the modern part of the hotel: it was quiet, very clean, with a modern shower and fixtures in the bath, fridge, plenty of closet and counter space (more than in many hotels). The beds were comfortable with fluffy duvets. There are only two things to improve: the shower needed a grab bar since the shower floor was a very smooth surface; the carpeting showed evidence of a past stain, although the carpet was very clean and without any odor. (I'm obsessive about clean flooring.)
Overall, the Mercure Poitiers Centre receives a very good rating from us.
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