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“Motel with paper thin walls” 3 of 5 bubbles
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La Belle Etoile
Caylus, France
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147 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Motel with paper thin walls”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Two appalling nights sleep. Asked for a quiet room away from the road and it was peaceful from that aspect. Three rooms were occupied in the whole hotel and for the convenience of the staff, we were all put next to each other. Paper thin walls, early morning returns from town, the rest you can guess. Shame - rooms simple but all you need, good shower, nice staff. Restaurant OK, breakfast skipped as 10 euros.

Room Tip: Not near anyone else!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

Stayed one night 1st June, as we travelled to Italy. Some reviewers state it was a difficult place to find but we didn't have this problem. Just off the main Autoroute, not far from Vimy Ridge. First impressions - very pink! Rooms basic but great shower, bright rooms (pink of course) very cheery. Bed fresh and comfy. Plenty of parking and outdoor green space to sit and have a drink. Had evening dinner which was really excellent, and a bottle of the local wine. One staff member seemed to do everything, check in/out, bar man, waiter and chef. He made a first class job, did not panic and was cheerful and efficient. Breakfast was simple but ok, all self service with the usual week tea! We had a problem with lost passports after we checked out but returned to the hotel to sort out our problem. They were very sympathetic and offer free drinks whilst we decided what we should do. Very pleased with this hotel, very reasonable rates and efficient helpful staff.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kathryn L
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Ontario
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55 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

By North American standards, this would be classified as a Motel rather than a Hote as it is located just off the autoroute and within 20 minutes of Vimy Ridge and 40 minutes to Lille. Rooms and bathrooms are clean and basic and have soundproofed windows to cut out the noise from the autoroute if in a room facing the autoroute.
There are no restaurants or bars close by so you need to drive to Arras if you didn't want to drink or eat dinner at the hotel.
The food at the restaurant is OK but the night we were there, there was only one staff member on duty to look after reception, the bar, wait on tables and above ALL, function as chef.
Lucky for us that there was only one other couple dining that night but other guests were forced to go elsewhere to eat.
Not a good sign if had a long drive to get to the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank nolikewinter
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Auckland
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

We shopped around for a good deal in Arras as we just wanted somewhere clean and affordable to crash for the night before returning to Paris the next morning. The place around the corner was identical and a complete rip-off but this hotel fitted our bill. The hotel restaurant was closed but reception gave us very good advice to eat dinner at Cafe Leffe in the nearby town square at Arras. It was a sunny late Sunday afternoon and buoyant and busy atmosphere in the town square. Back at the hotel there was free Wifi, always a bonus. Staff were helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: We were given a nice room on the ground floor with lawn outside the window.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank sunnydaynz
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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356 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights 8th &9th June - just off a main road on the outskirts of Arras. Standard box-type hotel, clean, beds surprisingly comfortable, clean & reasonably priced. Breakfast E9.5 seemed a bit pricey, but it was good. Easy access to Arras centre once you knew the way.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Caryl1948
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Paris, France
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142 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

This hotel is very clean and the decor is pleasant. The room was a decent size and very quiet despite being located near a busy road.However, the matress was very hard ( I've slept better on a 'premiere class' hotel bed), the shower wasn't very powerful and the breakfast was 9 euros per person so we made our own coffee in the room with the kettle provided.They really should reduce the price of the breakfast if they want to be competitve with other low cost hotels.
La Belle Etoile V Premiere class ? I'm afraid 'Première class' would win. Even if the rooms are smaller and less pleasant the beds are more confortable, the shower has power and the buffet breakfast is half the price.....

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank davbratz
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Victoria, BC Canada
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225 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

This hotel appears to be a travellers hotel for salemen or motorists on their way to the ferry to the UK. It is on the outskirts of Arras but the access is easy to drive downtown. It is also about a 15 minute drive to Vimy, the Canadian WW1 War Memorial. Parking is free on the hotel grounds. It is next to the highway and can be noisy depending on the location of your room. Breakfast for 9.50 Euros is a rip-off. Tasteless coffee, soggy crossant and 2 choices of sugary cereal as well as the usual meats and buns. If you arrive late for breakfast you will need to ask for ham or cheese as the staff do not quickly refill the buffet service.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the highway.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ljlp55
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Property: La Belle Etoile
Address: ZA Les Alouettes, 62223 Saint-Nicolas-lez-Arras, France
Location: France > Hauts-de-France > Pas-de-Calais > Saint-Nicolas-lez-Arras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Saint-Nicolas-lez-Arras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — La Belle Etoile 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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