16th March 2012
Location: Near the town centre, on the quayside of the dock, right opposite a local university. The hotel is new so the exact address may not be in your Sat Nav, but Avenue de l’Université should be. The location is the coast side of the town centre, so not particularly convenient as a quick overnight stop if travelling on the A16, and possibly just a bit far from the cross channel ferry terminal, but it depends on what you consider to be "far". Although the dock had a few boats, it did not appear to be used much. The area doesn’t look great, but it's ok with quite a bit of coming and going of students and staff from the university. This hotel offers long term stays, so it may possibly be aimed at students as well as one-night guests.
The hotel consists of three separate modern buildings. There is an entrance to an underground car park, but you cannot use this until after you have checked in. The car park costs €5, there was also a very large outdoor car park. The underground car park is extremely secure, but I have no reason to think that there is any problem with the other one. After checking in, the room keycard card also operates the car park entrance and lifts.
The hotel has standard rooms and also "Comfort" rooms which are about €10 more expensive. We had a Comfort room. This was quite large, studio style, with microwave, a two ring cooking hob, extractor hood, coffee machine, fridge, sink, some post & pans, eating utensils, plates, mugs, glasses etc. A small dining table with two chairs. Flat screen TV, but no English language channels. There was free Wi-Fi, but I failed to get it to work, it connected, but the login website was not responding, login details are provided on check-in. Bathroom was good, large enough, decent bath/shower, sink etc, some toiletries, good. So overall, although rooms are a bit "Spartan" in décor, they are well equipped and perfectly adequate, I liked it !
There is a breakfast room near reception, but we did not use this. I don’t know about eating in the evening, I didn’t see any restaurants nearby, but the town centre is not far. As the rooms have cooking facilities, we stopped at a supermarket to get some things and cooked and ate in-room. If you should do this, be aware that rooms have no food items whatsoever, no oil, salt, pepper, nothing.
We stay in the Calais/Dunkquerke area fairly frequently either on our way somewhere or sometimes just for a days shopping. Our criteria for choosing a hotel are good value for money, location, simplicity. Usually this means B&B Hotels, Campanile, or Ibis type accommodation. This is better than these, and is different enough to be worth the detour into the town.. We paid the weekend rate of €69 for a "Comfort" room plus €5 for secure parking. This is OK, but I don’t know the mid-week rate. Overall very good, yes we will probably stay again.
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- At the edge of the docks of Dunkirk, enjoy the residence All Suites Appart Hotel Dunkerque for your short and long stays, with many services: free wifi, gym and children's play area. Studio 1-2 pers. Following the 1-4 pers. staying in the heart of downtown. ... more less
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