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ibis budget Boulogne Sur Mer Centre les Ports
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Boulogne-sur-Mer
UK
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“Above average for a budget hotel”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a fairly basic hotel, but clean, fairly modern, and fine for a stopover or short stay if you’re not going to spend too long in your room, or if you're on a tight budget.

There are various layouts of room. My husband and I had a double room at the far end of the corridor away from reception. The bedroom area was small but we had a surprisingly large bathroom with bath and shower. Our son was in a twin with a friend, and they had a double bed with a bunk over the top. Their bedroom was larger, but the bathroom was smaller, with just a shower. One of our party was in a wheelchair, and they had a special access room.

The bedroom had little in the way of furniture, just bedside shelves, a larger shelf with a plastic stool underneath, and a rail with a couple of hangers. The TV was flat screen and pretty new, but no English channels that we could find. There was nowhere to put your things so you couldn't really unpack, but there was plenty of room under the bed to put your bags.

The design was fairly modern, and looked like it had been painted fairly recently. Everything was very clean.

The beds were quite firm but must have had some form of memory foam as they were pretty comfortable, with nice duvets. There was only 1 pillow per person, but I suppose we could have asked for more.

There was no kettle but we took our own. There was a hot drinks machine in reception and also a cold drink/snack machine.

There was free wi-fi, which was fairly easy to connect to (I used an ipod).

Breakfast was better than we had expected from previous comments here. The croissants didn’t run out while we were there! There was also bread, cake, cheese, yogurt, a fruit salad mix (looked tinned but tasted fine), cereals, jam, marmalade, chocolate spread. Drinks included apple and orange juice, fresh coffee with hot or cold milk, instant coffee, and a variety of teas. We found the staff at breakfast very friendly.

It is fairly well located. There is a Carrefour only about 200m away, a pizza takeaway across the road, and a fruit/veg shop. We walked up to the old town the first night. There is a steep route or a gentler climb that takes a bit longer, via the more modern part of town. There are various restaurants in the old and new parts, although it was pretty quiet for a Friday night. Some of our party went for walks along the river nearby.

The car park had plenty of spaces while we were there. We didn’t use it as we were in a coach.

Overall, we were perfectly happy with the hotel, and would stay there again if on a similar short trip or needed somewhere clean and inexpensive for a stopover.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Nailsworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Have been staying at this hotel for the last 10 years for an overnight every six months or so when we do shopping trips to France and Belgium.Always excellent value, and we have seen the refurbishment undertaken when the name changed. The breakfast is really good value - have as much as you like. Beds are comfortable and the rooms very well designed. Compared to a Travelodge (the closest equivalent in UK - apart from Ibis Budget in UK), it is about the same though different in some aspects.
This Hotel is also excellently placed being only a short walk from the main square with an excellent choice of restaurants.
The only negatives, which is why I have slightly downrated the rooms, is that there are no coffee/tea making facilities in the rooms, and the drinks machine in the lobby is expensive and what you get is just not french standard. Also, since the upgrade the TV does not have any UK channels - eg BBC Word Service, and there is only one German channel. This is despite the fact that every time we visit this hotel there are at least three other parties of UK people there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Absolutely disgusting smell. You can smell cigarretes everywhere. I think is a smokers' hotel. At least, they could use air fresheners(they are not very expensive...). Really, made me sick. I would never stay again. If You pay peanuts, You get monkeys...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

If you have driven half way across Europe and need to sleep before your train or boat, then this will do very nicely. No better, no worse than the other ETAP's, what you get is what you pay for, but the beds are comfortable (even the overhead bunk) and you have en suite and good cheap breakfast and it's pet friendly. Absolutely excellent on a tight budget.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Property: ibis budget Boulogne Sur Mer Centre les Ports
Address: 2 B boulevard Pierre Daunou, 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Location: France > Hauts-de-France > Pas-de-Calais > Boulogne-sur-Mer
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Boulogne-sur-Mer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — ibis budget Boulogne Sur Mer Centre les Ports 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Also Known As:
Etap Boulogne Sur Mer

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