by UK Flower Girl
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
March 29, 2004
We stayed at this same Etap back in October, so we were pretty sure we knew what to expect. We arrived around 8PM and there were only a few cars in the car park, which was a relief because we didn’t want to have to look for another place to stay.
The front desk clerk did not speak English, but there was no trouble with communicating with her in French. It just took some basics to reserve ourselves "une chambre pour la nuit." She gave us the code to get into the room and we hauled our stuff upstairs.
Etap hotels are an experience. They are not too bad when there are only one or two people, but it is a little too cozy with three people in one room. You will find a double (doesn’t seem big enough to be a double) on the bottom with a single bunk on the top. There is a small TV in one corner mounted up on the wall, a sink in the other corner and a little table and chair just below the TV. The toilet is in a separate room from the shower. Both the shower room and the toilet room feel like you are in a camper’s bathroom—very claustrophobic. There is just enough room to maneuver around the bed, but when you put three suitcases in there it is just too much.
We have seen two different colour schemes in Etap hotels and we happened to get the standard hot pink/purple. We always bring along an extra pillow if we have room, too, because you get one little flimsy pillow and there is nobody at the hotel past 11PM to ask for an extra one. You get a sheet and a bedspread, which is just about right. The temperature in the room is easily adjustable. The one window in the room has a GREAT light blocking shade over it. This can be a bad thing if you do not set an alarm. We overslept another time because it was so dark we didn’t think it was time to wake up yet.
Breakfast is available for around 4€ per person. We have never tried the breakfast since it is the standard French breakfast—bread, butter, jam, and coffee or tea. Instead, we went over to the Carrefour shopping center and had a breakfast at Flunch for 4€ that included a hot drink, juice, jam, butter, part of a baguette and a dessert pastry with a tub of yogurt and a nicer atmosphere than a hotel lobby.
There are positives and negatives to these hotels. I would recommend this hotel if it is late and you are tired and there are only one or two adults (or two adults and a child). If you will not be spending much time here it is just fine. For 39€ you just can’t beat it.
From journal European Road Trip