Cinnaminson, New Jersey
August 5, 2005
I had no idea that Etaps like the one I stayed at near Budapest actually exist in France, but quite accidentally, we stumbled upon this one. This by far was the worst Etap I’ve ever stayed at – a real hell motel. The carpet in the room hasn’t been cleaned since hotel inception (and it must have been years ago), and the walls had stains of such color that I wasn’t going to venture a guess at their origin. In the opposing corners in the back behind the bed (with bunk bed above it), there was a sink with mirror and desk with TV above. The toilet and shower are as you enter the room and are (as I wrote before about Etap Budapest) in one very small, confined space, so if you take shower, the whole area will be wet. It is so narrow that the whole experience makes you envy astronauts and wonder who came up with this design, and has he/she ever stayed in this creation? What a striking contrast with Etap Hotel Rouen Centre Rive Gauche – you won’t even believe that the two hotels belong to the same chain. Stay away from Etap Rouen Sud - Parc Expos.
From journal Travels in France - Normandy and Picardy