We stayed in Arras whilst visiting the Fauberg -Amiens Cemetary where a relative of ours is named on the memorial wall.The hotel is just a kilometer or two away from the site so made an excellent base; it was formerley both a hospital and a monastery and is a very interesting building.
I find it easier to list the good and not so good aspects as follows:
The staff- all were very helpful and friendly without exception.
Our room- was clean and the bed was comfortable with super pillows.
The food- breakfast was plentiful and very good. Dinner in the evening- whilst not exactly up to the 'haute cuisine' standard advertised, the food was nice and the ambience very pleasant.
The courtyard - well placed chairs and tables (well away from the parked cars) made for a very enjoyable place to sit.
Not so good points
Although our room was clean and comfortable it overlooked a flat roof which in places was quite dirty with several cigarette butts strewn about, it did not make for an agreeable vista.
The toilet and bathroom arrangements- were quite bizzarre! They were two separate rooms, the toilet a comparatively big space, contained just a (very high) toilet- my feet did not reach the ground when sitting on it! No wash basin or handwashing facility of any sort; these were situated in the bathroom next door which had TWO washbasins side by side and a shower. The shower taps have been mentioned in previous reviews and I would second these comments, I would also like to add that the floor of the shower made the whole structure an accident waiting to happen- so slippery that we used the shower mat and another towel to ensure we didn't slip over.
The plumbing especially in the toilet at times sounded like a waterfall and was very difficult to stop as the flushing mechanism was of the pull up push down variety and quite temperamental.
Overall we had a very pleasant stay at the hotel and Arras is an interesting town; if we visit this area again we will certainly stay at Hotel De L'Univers.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western l Univers
- Best Western Arras
- Arras Best Western