If you are looking for a nice mid-range hotel near the main Annecy train station the Best Western Carlton fits that requirement perfectly because it's an easy walk from Gare d'Annecy. Once you exit the front of the station go slightly left and locate Rue des Glieres, walk two blocks, and you're at the Carlton's entrance. From the hotel it's only a short walk to the old town/canal area with several restaurants and shops, and about a 15 minute walk to the tourist information office and the nearby lake. For those familiar with the Best Western lodging group, especially in North America, this property is branded as Best Western Plus.
The Carlton is in a lively neighborhood with cafes, shops, a small park, and a convenience store nearby. Though the building appears to be old, the interior has been refurbished and is thoroughly modern with updated public areas, a sleek, stylish lounge/bar near reception, and a pleasant breakfast room. Breakfast (extra charge) consisted of a fairly decent – not elaborate – buffet. Strangely, when we asked about cooked-to-order eggs we were told there would be an additional charge on top of the breakfast charge. Maybe management should rethink that policy, or simply not offer cooked-to-order items. The front desk/reception staff was extremely welcoming and helpful, and we found the entire property was bright and clean.
We were in an executive double room which is billed as one of the larger rooms, but, alas, it was small and cramped. In fact it was the smallest room of six we stayed in on our recent western European trip. Be aware you may end up in a tiny closet-size room if you book anything less than an executive room. On the plus side, it was very clean and contemporary and came with a Nespresso machine, an in-room safe, good WiFi, along with a fairly good size bathroom. Though the public areas were comfortably cool during our late June visit, we were there during a warm spell and the cooling system in our room struggled continuously, just managing to keep the room comfortable.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Carlton
- Best Western Annecy
- Annecy Best Western