We had 2 nights here very recently, one on the way to Fiji and again on our return. Given the price we were not expecting a lot, basic room and services, and this is what we got. Check in was prompt and pleasant, and any advice requested was forthcoming.
We were travelling with 2 young children, aged 1 and 2, and had a room with bunks, so a cot was provided for an additional $10. You pretty much make your own beds, and there are no ammenities other than a bar of soap in the bathroom. It's a wet bathroom so all in 1 with a shower curtain, but everything gets wet. The rooms are really small, with really no room at all once we had a cot and 2 suitcases in there, but it is clean and the front desk staff are helpful. There is a MacDonalds, KFC and Krispy Creme donut place within a minutes walk, but if you want anything else you have to return to the airport, or go over to the Stamford where there is a bar and restaurant, only a 5 minute walk anyway. You can purchase your breakfast here, we chose not to ($9 each) as we had early flights. The staff were wonderful and allowed me to use their kitchen to wash bottles, and there is a microwave available to heat milk in the breakfast area.
They had just topped up their fridge in the bar at reception so none of the limited drinks were available cold, but this wasn't an issue really. They just need to keep on top of it a bit more and fill from the back before it's empty !
We had previously stayed at the Ibis, just up the road, and the Hotel Formule 1 was superior in most respects. The Ibis had more facilities - bar, restaurant etc, but the staff weren't as good, it was a bit further ( you can walk to F1 from domestic airport) and the room wasn't as clean, was about the same size, the bathroom was worse, and you paid more for the Ibis room.
All in all this is a great place for a layover if you are just sleeping the night and not wanting any more. Airport shuttles are prompt and get you to international airport for $6 per adult.
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- Formule One Airport