Tuesday 24 July 2007

Hotel des Cedres, rue Marechal Foch, Orleans, France

At just 60 Euros for a double room, Hotel des Cedres is a good value two star hotel, 10 minutes walk from the heart of this well-preserved historic city. Outside, the hotel is an attractive 19th century building on a residential street with free parking, but inside most of the period features have gone. Although the en-suite rooms are basic and battered, they are clean and generally quiet thanks to two sets of doors. But avoid those near the tiny, noisy and aging lift. A generous continental breakfast can be eaten in the airy conservatory overlooking the pleasant garden for 8 Euros for adults and nothing for children. On the way out, be careful not to tread on the sleepy dog lounging in the foyer. 7/10