From the moment that you arrive, it is obvious that the Arena hotel is designed for people to stay overnight on a journey to somewhere else. It is not a place that you would normally stay too long at. Reception is only manned (or womanned) until 9pm. After that, there is an automatic checkin machine by reception. There are no keys for the rooms all access to the rooms is by a 6 digit pin number.
The hotel is located just off of the motorway in Gradignan which is about 15 minutes drive - 45 minutes by bus/tram - from Bordeaux centre. There is not too much in the local area but there are a couple of restaurants nearby if you want to eat. If you are really desperate, there is a vending machine in the reception area.
We had a family room for just two of us which was great as we had a reasonable amount of space. It would have been a bit crowded for a family of 4 though. The rooms are very basic with just the essentials but that was Ok for us. The room had a desk, and a TV but no minibar. There was a minimalist wardrobe with enough room to hang a couple of suits on but that is all - again demonstrating that it is designed for an overnight stop.
Parking is free and there are plenty of parking spaces.
WIFI access in the room was OK - a good signal by the door but it drops off in the room. We found that internet access was very slow in the evening - presumably because everyone else in the hotel was using it - but pretty good in the morning.
Breakfast is available for 5 EUR. Again, it was pretty basic but for 5 EUR, who can complain.
In summary, this is a good place for an overnight stop but would not really be suitable for a longer stay - eg. it is not really suitable as a base for exploring Bordeaux as you will spend a lot of time/money travelling to the city. For the price we paid, we think we got a pretty good deal.
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel Gradignan, Bordeaux, France