Travel Blogs from Boulogne-sur-Mer
And OFF we go again!!
It was a much more easier Goodbye to everyone on the UK this time, knowing it wouldn't be so long till we were back.
Got down to Calais the night before to make for an easy passage the next day on the Ferry which was very quiet and non-eventful.
We didn't head too far on our first night, it was quite late and driving on ...
Took the ferry from Calais to Dover today and saw the white cliffs of Dover. Only a two hour journey then bus to the Cumberland for the night. Was invited for dinner with Bernie and Maddie. We bought soup and ate in their room. Was really nice and I wish I had spent more time with them during the ...
We left Paris this morning and headed to Calais to catch the boat back to the UK, feeling a bit low now as the trip is nearly over, we catch the ferry tomorrow morning for Dover, then the leisurely drive up to Lighthorne Heath in Warwickshire to meet Bruce's brother and his wife Margaret where we will stay for a couple of days.
We've had a wonderful time and I've seen so many places that I never thought ...
... Jacques Cousteau about 20 years ago. It certainly was interesting and very well set out, although we found the first part to be rather dark and a bit oppressive. Unfortunately, as well, it appeared to be every French school's trip day and we were surrounded by noisy little people. Eventually they moved on and it was much more pleasant. We spent almost 3 hours there wandering around looking at the sharks, turtles, rays, and ...
... are in km here and our speedo is in miles and the fastest you are allowed to go 130km an hour on the motorways, 100kms feels very slow now. We drove to Rouen and spent the night there and the next morning having a look around the town. We visted the place of execution of Joan of Arc, and then headed on to Renne, and St Nazaire ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Faidherbe Boulogne-sur-Mer
A Great Stay
A very personal and friendly service. We couldn't recommend this hotel enough and will stay again. The bad reviewers have clearly missed the charm.
What a great find (thank you, trip advisor)... perfect for our overnight stay on the 'wine run'. Staff really friendly and always very helpful, definitely must be top value in this budget range.
Another visit to Hotel Faidherbe
Great values for money and soooo friendly! We love this hotel and would not stay anywhere else. The guests are mainlty French and British and of every age. The lift is a little 'cosy' but that is all the critisism I have- except the bird whom when awake is loud but when he is sleeping you start to miss him!!!! Will return again after Christmas for more of this hotel.
Loved The faidherbe
Friendly bilingual proprietors gave good advice on where to eat.Room clean, comfortable and bathroom excellent.Victor the Minor bird was very entertaining.
When I first went into this hotel I too wondered what the good reviews were all about, but I soon realised just why so many people have liked it!! Sure, it is old fashioned, with one of those weird French baths you can only sit down in, a bolster in the double bed and a dated decor, but it is sparkling clean and the bed was comfortable. The owners are unfailingly friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was really first class, a highly recommended buffet very fresh with home made preserves. It is in a busy street almost at the harbour, I would not say it is at all run down (as another reviewer wrote) just average shopping-centre type shops, a beautiful chocolaterie a few doors up, a nice luggage shop, a wild west themed bar, "Next" type clothes shops... Very handy for everything, market in walking distance, we ate at Cafe Jules in Place Dalton which looked (and probably was) touristy but quality was good. My guess is that parking might not be convenient although we were lucky and got a space just outside in the street. I believe there's a car park nearby. Also, I was glad that my room overlooked the side not the front as I would imagine it could be noisy with the windows open, as much of the ferry traffic goes past. We found it pleasant sitting in the little lobby downstairs, people kept dropping by for a chat with the proprietor and there was a friendly atmosphere. This very "French" feeling small family hotel supplied all our needs at a very reasonable price and was a pleasant place in which to stay where I felt like a person not a number.
If you're looking for something fancy, yes, the Matelote is a good choice. I've stayed there, and it is chintzy and well garnished, but pretty much over the top if you're just looking for the best no-frills hotel in Boulogne.
Couldn't understand all the positive reviews
OK so it was cheap so I don't know what we were expecting. But our room was dreadfully pokey, had a run-down feel and overlooked a tatty car park. There were gangs of youths hanging around the front entrance and the local restaurants seemed tacky. It was another world to the lovely old town up on the hill. For those on a budget I would say that this was adequate at best, but I have stayed in far better 2 star hotels than this one. We moved to a nicer place, La Matelote, up the road - twice the price but twenty times nicer.
Best hotel in Boulogne
This is the best hotel we have ever stayed at in Boulogne. Excellent location and the friendliest hosts you could wish for. They have obviously put a lot of effort into making the rooms as comfortable as possible. Breakfast is fantastic with lots of local produce which Francoise tells you about. Have already booked to go again.
Stayed here for one night on a weekend in France. The location is excellent - close to lots of nice restaurants and bars - and the parking outside is free after 7pm and all day sunday so it's fine if you are just there for the weekend. I don't know whether there is any other parking. The rooms were quiet, tastefully decorated and comfortable - not huge but fine for a weekend. I got a very good nights sleep! We had a lovely buffet breakfast there with muesli, boiled eggs, cake, croissants, bread and cheese and jam and hot chocolate which really set us up for the day. The couple who run the place are so friendly - they were genuinely kind and helpful and were so smiley! They also have a Mynah bird which can speak - very cool!
I had booked a room at Hotel Faidherbe, 12 rue
Faidherbe, Boulogne. On arrival I received a warm welcome, was given a map of Boulogne, advised about the exhibition currently in the town, and shown on the map the location of the hotel, the location of the exhibition and various other attractions. The owners of the hotel were extremely kind and helpful and always ready to explain anything. I think this hotel was well situated but the welcome and service were absolutely superb.
I loved Boulogne. The town is buzzing - the people serving in the shops and cafes were friendly and helpful and the attractions were very interesting and well kept.
Would recommend Boulogne and the Hotel Faidherbe to anyone.