Premiere Classes is brilliantly located about half way between Calais and the Spanish border. It is cheap as chips, with a choice of good food outlets within walking distance and even a hypermarket, petrol station and flunch restuarant just a couple of minutes drive away. The bed is very comfortable, the room is 'bijou' (small) but perfectly adequate. But.....and at this point let me say it seems almost churlish to complain when one is paying so little for a night's sleep there are quite a few things that would come at minimal cost to the hotel that would make staying there so much more pleasant. A smile from the check in staff might be a good start. The slightest pretence that they are pleased to see you, even if they're not.I speak Spanish, Catalan and English all fluently, but my French is pure schoolboy, although I do try. At some;point perhaps the person behind the desk might actually take on board the fact that I am the customer, and bearing that in mind the fact should at least try to rescue me from my linguistic struggle..especially when it becomes apparent that she speaks perfect English. Each person that arrives at reception is seemingly more miserable that the one that left. My wife and I like to sleep with two pillows each. In the scheme of things asking for an extra pillow each does not seem to me to be the most extreme request. I haven't asked for the hotel to be moved or my room to be re-decorated, and although our request is met it has to be said that it is done begrudgingly, with that roll off the eyes into the back of the head that tell you that what you are in fact is a nuisance. There is a huge banner outside the hotel promising Free Unlimited Wifi. It doesn't work, at least it didn't when we were there and in the end we had to use the internet via my mobile phone. Not good. The 'one soap washes all' button press contraption in the shower would be adequate apart from one minor detail. It's empty. Back to reception, more eyes rolled back into forehead and then three shower gel/shampoo sachets are handed to me. That one and a half each for me and my wife. Perhaps putting a new bag into the machine would have been easier, but no. We have a sachet each and then face a Mexican stand off for the third one. We have to wash hands with shower gel, or shampoo or whatever. Right, let's have a drink before supper, except that in a double room there is just a single microscopically thin plastic beaker. I don't think I can face another demonstration of eyes rolling back in head from the reception staff and decided instead to drive to the local hypermarket and purchase four glass tumblers and a bar of hand soap. I appreciate that costings must be tight and the Premier Classe, as I have already mentioned, in indeed cheap but for heaven's sake surely the budget must run to TWO plastic beakers in a twin room or have I missed something here.
What a pity because this really is more than adequate for a couple of knackered travellers to have a drink, a bite to eat and a good night's sleep and then breakfast before resuming the journey. Will this rant make any difference? No probably not, but I just think it's a shame because for a matter pennies all this could be averted.
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