This hotel came as group tour package, but I did pre book the night before the tour commenced at $200 AUD for one night. I make my comments based on the value commensurate with cost.
This hotel is an old building therefore I have made allowances in my comment for this but generally the service is quite poor.
There's is no shower curtain or screen, therefore the shower floor and attached basin are flooded with water every time one showers. Excess water on the floor must cause havoc with maintenance, not to mention the towels used to mop up the excess water. Every other day I had to ask for a very small packet of soap, other toiletries were occasionally provided. On one evening I needed to ask for fresh towels, other members of the group did not have their rooms serviced.
There's is no safe - readers will say this is Europe. A safe is a basic necessity for travellers today and is expected, I expect a safe in my room. No safety deposit box was offered.
The is no ventilation ,fans or air conditioning. On one of the days we were there the temperature was 28c, making the room very uncomfortable during the afternoon and evening.
A continental breakfast is included in the tariff. This is basic and acceptable, however, the fruit is tinned, when the only hot dish (scrambled eggs) runs out, that's it no replenishment. Similarly, when the toasting bread is gone so sad too bad for other residents. Same for the sliced ham and cheese. However, restaurants near by serve wonderful breakfasts.
During the late afternoon, the reception was staffed only by a university student studying (reception). I understand that students gain work experience, but on this occasion he was the only available person and had no grasp of English.
The hotel is in a good location, close to the train station and many good restaurants. There are many other hotels in the same area, it may be worth looking these first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Moderne is located in the city center of Arras, opposite the train station. At 5 to 10 minutes walking from the historic center, with Grand'Place, Belfry and all the shops in the town center of Arras. Opposite the hotel and nearby, you have many public parkings, often free for the night, and you will also find many good restaurants and café. The hotel features 50 rooms with all conveniences, all equipped with bathroom, toilet, flat screen TV, telephone, wireless internet access. We serve a full breakfast in the morning. You can have a drink in our Bar. The Hotel Moderne is a central place to stay in Arras. The urban network allows you to access many services located nearby. The Hotel Moderne is an ideal base for exploring the heritage of the town of Arras, visiting the museums in the area (the Louvre -Lens) and visiting the Battlefields 1WW. Going on vacation or you return: stop in Arras. We are a perfect step on the road to the Alps, South of France, Loire Valley, in both directions. Short break in North of France : come to discover our heritage. Belfry, flamish main square, Cathedrale, Museum, cave, in a pleasant atmosphere; and also near Louvre-Lens museum. By train: we are located about 35 minutes from Lille center (car boot sale), 45 minutes from Amiens center (Cathedral), and 50 minutes from Paris center. Enjoy a short trip under ideal conditions! We offer packages with accommodation, breakfast For groups visiting the area (minimum 25 pax), we organize the diner (on-site or in a nearby restaurant). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inter Hotel Arras