Hotel ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean, Bordeaux, France

For my stay in Bordeaux I’d chosen to stay at Hotel ibis Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean. One of half a dozen ibis’ in Bordeaux and around a 10 minute walk from Gare Saint Jean and the trams that will take you into central Bordeaux (it’s only 5 or 7 minutes on the tram).

The ibis brand is the budget hotels of the Accor hotel stable. They’re functional and no frills.

I arrived around 1:30pm well ahead of the nominal check in time, but I was able to check in and as I walked into my room the housekeeping staff were just finishing up.

Given I’d been up for around 40 hours so far I pretty much fell into bed, and apart from a small waking moment late evening, slept through to around 6am.

The bed was surprisingly comfortable, as were the pillows. The bathroom was pokey but usable.

The wifi performance was good throughout the location, unlimited devices.

I’d paid for breakfast which was in the breakfast room on the ground floor and comprised pastries, meat, juices, fruits, cereals and the all important coffee. I think it was worth the money as it allowed me to explore on a full stomach.

One thing that I didn’t realise was that most ibis hotels don’t offer a laundry service – you have to do it yourself. I just resorted to doing my smalls in the basin and hanging them up around the room.

Check-in and check-out were fast and efficent and you can buy public transport tickets from reception which is very handy.

A functional hotel if you don’t need all the bells and whistles of a 5 star establishment.