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Premiere Classe Montpellier Sud - Lattes
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Lattes
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“You get what you pay for”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Premiere Classe. We stayed here two nights while visiting Montpellier after driving down from the Corréze department.

Rooms are relatively small. While just off the highway, noise isn't an issue. We both slept well. The bathrooms are small and utilitarian. Otherwise, there is nothing quite noteworthy about this place.

If you'd like to go into Montpellier, I suggest driving to the Odysseum and parking in any of their 24h parking lots and taking the tram into the city.

While the price we paid was competitive, the next time around, I would pay a little more and stay within Montpellier proper.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights with 3 children-2 rooms.
They messed up the booking and had only double beds so our 4 year old had to sleep with us. No problem but rooms are very small and basic.
The reception staff spoke little English and were very helpful. breakfast was basic. There is a bakery nearby I ran to each morning for pastries etc.
Car park has plenty of spaces.
The bathroom is tiny and not for the larger frame. Hot running water and towels provided. The beds were clean and comfy. Tv set on French channels only.
Fine for a quick overnight stay-Only used it to sleep enroute to Provence so was perfect and cheap for our needs.
Would stay here again-its next door to the Formule1 and Etap hotel.
A small shelving unit is availble and space for a few items to be hung up.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

Premier Classe Hotels (PCH)

Introduction

I spent five nights in this hotel recently. As it was part of a two-week tour that included three other PCHs as well, I have taken the liberty of providing some general comments about them that I hope will help. Specific comments for this hotel appear at the end of the piece.

General Comments

For the price, I think the PCH are reasonably good value. This was confirmed by the high level of occupancy (mainly by French people) at all four we stayed at. However, you do need to know some important things about them (the hotels, not the French - we don't have enough time to do that!). The first is that their chosen title is aspirational, not actual (much like the oxymorons 'Military Intelligence' or 'Political Elite'). I realise they couldn't call them Troisieme Classe but it would probably be more appropriate.

Firstly they should be called 'Motels', not 'Hotels'. This makes it much easier to understand what to expect. I reckon they are ideal for a one- or two-night cheap stay while passing through a place or staying a weekend. We did both short (1 day) and long (5-6 day) stops. My wife is just about speaking to me again after our five- and six-day stays in Montpellier and Perpignan.

As 'motels' they are mainly situated very close to noisy motorways/main roads. They have to be. If you are of a sensitive nature and easily disturbed by road noise, then either ensure you have comfortable earplugs or try to get a room as far away from the road as possible. The room should also be on the East side of the building so that the afternoon/evening sun doesn't heat up your room too much. Also be aware that while some PCHs have airconditioning, this is either 'hot' or 'cold', not both. Thus in our stay at Perpignan, where it is now considered 'winter' (daytime temperatures about 28 degrees
C!) the aircon was set to only warm up the room, not cool it. If you are too hot in the night (as we were) you have to leave the small single window open which then adds to the intensity of the road noise.

Being close to main roads also means not being close (usually) to many restaurants or shops. Assuming you are in a car (don't even think of trying this by public transport!) you should be able to find something decent. The large French supermarkets like Carrefour, LeClerc, Geant and Auchan or often within a short driving distance and all seem to have very good and cost effective restaurants attached.

Talking of noise, the people that populate PCHs (particularly over weekends) can be very boisterous. There are signs all over the place asking them to keep quiet after 22:00 but these are generally ignored. It seems to be a foreign concept to them, much similar to the attitudes on French and Italian roads where the principle of 'keeping a safe following distance' doesn't work either.

The rooms are very small. I paced out the standard size at about 5m by 2.5m. This is bad enough but then they put a prefabricated shower/toilet/sink room in the one corner. The concept is similar to Ibis (which you may have seen in the UK) where they are dropped in as the building goes up. It works fine for size in the Ibis, but unfortunately not so well in PCH which could perhaps be called 'Ibis Lite'. The size of the main room is about two thirds of an Ibis: the ablutions are more 'campervan' size plus about 20%: OK for short stays but gets very wearing after a few days. On the positive side at least the price per night is about half the Ibis.

There also seem to be two classes of PCH in terms of furniture. 'Class A' (eg Montpellier Sud and Orleans Sud) have shelves for your clothes and a proper hanging space. There are also two electric plugs available, one of them at the desk by the window. 'Class B' have no shelves or hanging space. There is a bent pipe near the window with four hangers on it. Luckily there is a gap under the beds where you can store your suitcase with your clothes in. There is only one plug in a ridiculous place next to the washroom light switch.

Longer Stays - Survival Kit

If you think you are a hardier soul than me and decide to ignore my recommendation to avoid stays longer than two days then I have some survival suggestions for you:

1. If there is more than one of you, take an extra hand towel. PCH only supply two bath-size towels per room.

2. If there is more than one of you, take an extra pillow - they only provide one per person.

3. There is no tea making facility so take a travel kettle with you if you don't like machine-made beverages from the machine in the reception. We bought a Philips one for £15 from Robert Dyas. You can buy ingredients at the local supermarkets.

4. If you don't want to pay four quid each for breakfast, then take your own bowls and cutlery for cereal etc or buy in the supermarket.

5. There is no fridge so no way to store any breakfast ingredients.

6. If you want to book through a travel website like Expedia, only do so for a couple of nights so you can see what PCH is like. If you want to move because you don't like it, you lose 100% of what you've paid in advance. Much better to book directly with the hotel once you decide you actually want to complete the rest of your intended stay.

7. There are no lounges apart from the breakfast room which isn't always open, so you can get cabin fever. There also aren't usually many nice places to walk around so you'll need to get out in your car (or ensure you get back late in the evening from your trips!).

8. Take an adjustable sink plug with you - even the replacements PCH might provide for the missing ones are usually the wrong size.

Notes for business travellers

While my trip was personal, I do travel quite a lot for business and so have a few suggestions:

1. If you are being paid a per diem rate for T & E and want to save money, then PCH would be OK for a few days. However, if you intend to work in your room don't be attracted by the Free WiFi offered. There is just no room to move and in a Class B you'd have no power close. Or a decent light.

2. If your boss insists you stay in a PCH with no additional compensation then resign immediately and look for another job.

PCH Montpellier Sud - Specific comments:

1. We stayed here five nights.

2. 'Class A' - see notes above.

3. In a reasonably noisy area with no restaurants close or anywhere to walk to. We ended up mainly going to the Casino restaurant in the Geant supermarket about a kilometre away for supper. We also got our breakfast supplies from there.

4. The main A9 toll road is very close and so you should try to get a room as far South and East in the building as you can.

5. The maintenance standard was poor but the staff certainly tried to assist as quickly as possible.

6. Very close to Formule 1 motel that seems to attract some very dodgy people (don't ever stay in one of them - you only have communal bathrooms!! - I checked to find out. Rather stay at the Etap if you don't like Premiere Classe).

7. Beach is at Palavas about 10 minutes drive away - there are some very nice restaurants although the place is a bit tacky.

8. Has airconditioning set to cold thank heavens.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Premiere Classe Montpellier Sud - Lattes
Address: Chemin de Saint Hubert, 34970 Lattes, Montpellier, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Herault > Montpellier > Lattes
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Lattes
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Hotel Class:1 star — Premiere Classe Montpellier Sud - Lattes 1*
Number of rooms: 60
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