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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.
Great family run hotel, A+ breakfast, didn't mind dated decor!
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.
Small but perfectly formed
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.
The Faidherbe is the hotel that concentrates on the fundamentals and presents them to perfection.
So, you get compact, but well presented rooms. Modern bathroom equipment and a decent sized shower (liquid soap dispenser). Double glazed windows help shut out the noise from the street (I like the sounds from the street so leave them wide open).
The foyer/breakfast room/lobby on the street level is not grand by any means, but it does its job, and again, compact but nicely presented. I stayed for two nights when the hotel was full, and space was not a problem, but it can be tricky for the breakfast staff to figure out when a new person has sat down at an uncleared setting of a previous person. So if the hotel's full get down early!
As for the breakfast itself, well, it's excellent. Don't have cheese with your meal the preceding evening - wait until breakfast and enjoy the Faidherbe's excellent selection (not the usual suspects either). In addition to the cheese, there is also the usual continental fare: Juice, tea/coffee/chocoloate, hard boiled eggs, bread, croissant, butter, preserves - lovely!
The french couple that run the hotel are efficient, very friendly and helpful. Fair english spoken.
The hotel location is perfect. You can walk to it in 3 minutes from the free SpeedFerries car park. And the Saturday morning market at Place Dalton is not too far away either. A long hike from the beach of course.
NB Book this hotel directly! Do not go via apparently cheaper online agents. Or if you do, make sure you also confirm with the hotel directly, because although the agents might send you confirmation in triplicate, they can still fail to actually confirm with the hotel - they want your money. I saw a family of 7 arrive late on the Saturday night crammed into a double room because their booking had never actually been accepted by the hotel. This also happened to me last year, with the hotel staff going through their records to unearth and show me their booking rejection notifications they'd sent to my agent (who'd ignored them).
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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.
Friendly and comfortable
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!
Completely surpassed my expectations and very good value.
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.
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