Stayed for 2 nights on the way back from The Dordogne rather than the usual mad dash round the Hypermarket and leaping onto the ferry. On arrival the welcome was very pleasant and the room was clean, tidy and perfectly acceptable for a short stay. The shower room and separate loo were on the tiny size, but for 2 nights it mattered not. The bed was very comfortable and unlike one or two other hotels of this nature, late night noise was at a minimum.
We paid the 8.50 euros for breakfast and thought it was well worth the money. It was 'semi self service' with a good range to get the day off to a well filled start.
Had I been travelling with my grandchildren,the small play area would have been an added bonus: a nice touch missing from so many other hotels like this. There were tables, chairs and sun-loungers available for those wanting to soak up the sun.
The hotel is ideally situated for the Eurostar Terminal, about 10 mins max and it's also a pleasant drive along the coast road into Calais. There's a beach about 10 minutes walk from the hotel and there a couple of marked walks you can do.
We ate in the restaurant on our first night and the meal and service was excellent. Prices ranged from about 10 euro for an omlette to a 30 odd for a set menu, with various price points in between.
It's very popular and I recommend reserving a table, or eating later, as we did when the 1st sitting had departed.
The only issue was on the second evening when we'd lunched late and only wanted a drink in the bar/restaurant. It was obvious that the lady in charge wasn't the slightest bit interested in serving drinks to the 8 or so customers in the bar. Unlike pretty much every other bar I've been to in France we all had to go to the bar and order our drinks. My proferred note was pretty much snatched from my hand and the few cents change I was due weren't offered either. Two other couples and I exchanged glances and we didn't need a common language to communicate our thoughts on the service. One man was so fed up waiting for a second beer that he helped himself to 1/2 a glass in desperation.
After this we went to the bar at the campsite down the road where service was as good as this was bad.
I won't let this incident prevent me from returning to the hotel as everything else about the place very good, but the bar experience was a classic example of grim customer service. Next time I'm straight off to the camp site bar!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L'Escale Hotel is located near the beautiful national site of the Cap Blanc Nez and 14 km from Cap Gris Nez. The property is surrounded by a family for over 50 years with easy access from the A16 motorway, exits 39 or 40, the ferries and Eurotunnel are 20 minutes and 10 minutes respectively. Hotel Tourism and Handicap label for disabled people, we offers the best value for your evenings with rooms equipped with all comforts, flat screen TV and internet wifi access. ... more less
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