My wife and I visited The Metropole again late this October. I have lost count as to the number of times we have stayed there, but our visits span four or five decades. Unless we were both masochists, which we are not, we would not keep coming back. The hotel is excellent for a long weekend or an overnight stop, Situated right in the centre of Boulogne, there is no shortage of good restaurants and bars all within comfortable walking distance. The standard rooms are small, but comfortable and the comfort rooms, while not much larger, do provide a good sized bathroom.
Triciacross' review is, to my mind, extremely unfair. The room in which she stayed probably cost €79 or around £68, which in town centre hotel is, I think, very reasonable. Breakfast at €11 may be expensive if all you want is a coffee and a croisant, but for your €11 or around £9.50, you have extremely fresh bread and croissants, a choice of meats and cheese and a variety of yoghurts. On top of this you have a good sized glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. I don't know where she stays in France where you can get better value. She also complains about the charge of €10 (£8.50) for a secure garage under cover and only a few minutes from the hotel. Parking in Boulogne is a nightmare and is also expensive so for me €10 is a steal.
There are two criticisms I have of the hotel, the first, and here I agree with Triciacross, is the prices of their minibar, but I find that this is the case in almost every hotel. The second, and much more important criticism, is that the hotel advertises that it has air conditioning, which it probably does in the height of Summer, but this time, the aircon was fixed so that it was not available other than to heat the room. Unfortunately, if you sleep with the windows open, the seagulls act as an excellent alarm if you want to get up at daybreak and that is if you have a room at the back of the hotel. If your room overlooks the street, then you will probably be woken even before the seagulls get up. However, with the windows shut, on mild Winter or Autumn days, the room can get very warm.
However, these are mild criticisms and will not stop us returning when next we want to stop in Boulogne.
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Boulogne Sur Mer