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    Hotels Northern France, recommendations?
    on: July 26, 2022, 07:06:16 pm
    July 26, 2022, 07:06:16 pm
    Any seasoned travelers on here recommend some good, fairly priced and bike friendly (secure parking) hotel / B&B's around 3 -4 non toll road hours (nice to stay clear of M/ways too but don't mind an hour or 2 to get into the country a bit) into France from Calais?
    Thinking northern route across towards Germany/Switzerland way.

    And any good sites for finding bike (secure parking) friendly places across EU?

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    Re: Hotels Northern France, recommendations?
    Reply #1 on: July 26, 2022, 08:05:19 pm
    July 26, 2022, 08:05:19 pm
    Get on booking.com and select the areas you want, then switch to map-view and check out each place initially for price.

    Then see what facilities they offer and read the feedback if it mentions secure parking.  Quite often it is a coded gate which is locked overnight, but some places don’t bother to lock it (feedback should mention if not).

    Take an alarmed disc-lock.
    Go for a motel and request a ground floor room because you have a slight disability  - you can invariably park outside your room (with the alarmed disc-lock - that covers it, I think)

    People could recommend a few places, but the chances of being suitable location or price or near facilities - are slim to say the least.

    You have to make the effort.   :431:
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    Re: Hotels Northern France, recommendations?
    Reply #2 on: July 26, 2022, 09:02:19 pm
    July 26, 2022, 09:02:19 pm
    this place is excellent https://goo.gl/maps/KQNNLcUnqMcMGyfv6 in Etraupont near the Belgian border and not far from Luxembourg and Germany. Part of the Logis group which are independent hotels that share marketing via https://www.logishotels.com/fr/ - the hotel restaurant is fantastic. Not cheap but you will enjoy the stay. I have used it a few times as a last night treat as I can get home easily the following day, even if allowing time for the effects of the bottle of Pomerol to wear off.

    there are some hotels just off Reims city centre along the canal. All chain hotels with enclosed parking. Two shown here with the Ibis Styles just along the street. All charge for parking, typically 12 euros per car space used, so not much if shared between 3 or 4. https://goo.gl/maps/rTM6z4RmjdVakwLG8

    if you want cheaper then look for Ibis Budget. The ones in St Omer (closed in the autumn, hopefully just for a refit) and St Quentin have good parking. As stated above, locate a hotel and then use Streetview to check parking.

    Personally, I don't worry about absolute security but I do check to see if there is somewhere close to the hotel to park. A lot of French streets are narrow with no space for a scooter, let alone a bike. You will see lots of bikes parked on pavements outside hotels. If you pick rural hotels in the Logis grouo then you really do not need to worry about security.

    Let me know if you want some recommendations in the Vosges which is really close to Germany & Switzerland.

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    Re: Hotels Northern France, recommendations?
    Reply #3 on: July 26, 2022, 09:46:01 pm
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    I recently spent a couple of weeks in France and used airbnbs. When deciding where we would like to stay I then searched airbnb with a requirement for secure parking and all but 1 place were spot on with great off road secure courtyards or underground carparks. You do need to spend a bit time reviewing places on the system but we were happy with our choices.

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    Re: Hotels Northern France, recommendations?
    Reply #4 on: July 27, 2022, 08:16:22 am
    July 27, 2022, 08:16:22 am
    *Originally Posted by Mareng1 [+]
    Get on booking.com and select the areas you want, then switch to map-view and check out each place initially for price.

    Then see what facilities they offer and read the feedback if it mentions secure parking.  Quite often it is a coded gate which is locked overnight, but some places don%u2019t bother to lock it (feedback should mention if not).

    Take an alarmed disc-lock.
    Go for a motel and request a ground floor room because you have a slight disability  - you can invariably park outside your room (with the alarmed disc-lock - that covers it, I think)

    People could recommend a few places, but the chances of being suitable location or price or near facilities - are slim to say the least.

    You have to make the effort.   :431:

    This reply says it all..  :762:

    I'll add, I've stayed all over Europe for the last 18 years, 80% in France, sometimes 2 to 3 times a year, mostly on the bike but sometimes car and family. When on the bikes there could be from 2 to 10 riders. Never had a single issue with security, with or without secure parking.

    Too many great places to mention but a good stop over place heading for the Alps is Langres, a fortress town about 320 (ish) miles from Calais. On the way back we've stayed in Arras, La Dome Hotel, excellent place, great secure bike parking, owner that loves bikes and one of the best restaurants I've eaten in.

    https://www.france-voyage.com/tourism/langres-1854.htm

    I always use Booking.com  :028:

    In my experience, you can't really go wrong in France, not like the UK where it can be a bit hit and miss..  :013:

    I'm sure you'll enjoy the whole experience.. I'd be out there 4 or 5 times a year if I could find the time.... and money..  :084: :008:




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    Re: Hotels Northern France, recommendations?
    Reply #5 on: July 31, 2022, 02:37:19 am
    July 31, 2022, 02:37:19 am
    We recently stayed at this hotel which is about 20 minutes outside Calais.Set in the countryside but close to the motorway. Very comfortable and clean rooms, very nice restaurant and good parking.We will definitely use this again.

    https://www.hotel-camping-bal.fr

    Either way have a good trip 😁

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    Re: Hotels Northern France, recommendations?
    Reply #6 on: July 31, 2022, 10:34:18 am
    July 31, 2022, 10:34:18 am
    The way I approach this is Google search the area I want to stay for ‘hotel avec parking’. Then check their website, if unclear send them an email asking if they have ‘parking sécurisé’. I then take a look at the hotel on street view. Regardless of other websites that recommend bike friendly hotels, I would check them out myself. But in my experience all hotels are bike friendly in France.

    My last trip to France I stayed in one hotel that was so secure for bikes, the sensor for the gates in and out of the underground car Park wasn’t able to pick up bikes, so couldn’t get out of the car park without asking reception! :)

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    Re: Hotels Northern France, recommendations?
    Reply #7 on: July 31, 2022, 11:27:25 am
    July 31, 2022, 11:27:25 am
    If Albertville suits anyone's travels (South-east of Annecy, towards Bourg st Maurice) - I can highly recommend Hotel Le Savoie.

    https://www.hotel-le-savoie.fr/en

    We stayed one night recently - it was a great choice.

    Centrally-located in the town, with an ultra-secure underground garage (addl €3) for security and ease of loading/unloading the bikes.  The receptionist extremely helpful and although we usually don't bother with breakfasts, choosing to stop on peage at first aire - the breakfast at the hotel was about the same (€9) as you would spend in an aire for a baguette, juice and coffee - and had all the hams, cheeses, breads, pain au-chocolat etc and proper coffee. 

    Just a short walk to lots of diners, bistros etc.