Good morning everyone, hope everyone is having a good Friday thankfully it’s the weekend tomorrow! I hope you all have some plans… I will be impressed if some of you are out on your bikes, feel free to post pictures in the comments below of you all on your bikes!
I hope you all liked the last blog post (sorry it was so long ago, life seems to have got in the way) and hope it managed to make some of you smile (I know it made my daddy chuckle!) as you can see Dan and I are slowly catching up on blog posts, real life and this over whelming desire to sleep seem to keep getting in the way. Dan and I have christened this desire to get so much sleep a ‘bike hangover’ if you too have ever felt this you have my full sympathies!
I am afraid this isn’t going to be such an amusing post as the last one, but we will be back on funny form soon telling you all about our day cycling to Largeon. Today instead I am going to quickly tell you about the hotel in Angers. I know most of it was said in the last post but there are a few things I felt the need to mention.
Despite its basic-ness I did enjoy staying in this hotel and if you are ever in the area I promise you won’t find a more relaxing location, we were right by the lake and surrounded by trees and open spaces it was lovely. There were no cars, in fact despite the fact that the main by-pass was quite close there was no car noise at all, from the location of the hotel I would think that I was in the country and not a big city. However if it is city life that you are wanting you can walk back into the city centre in less than 15 mins, so really you have the best of both worlds. Although we didn’t look into it as we were only at the hotel for one night and were rather sleepy I believe that activities can be arranged such as sailing things etc (wow can’t you tell I am an out-door girl… not!).
As for the hotel itself it is slightly basic, so if you are looking for a holiday with luxury this maybe isn’t the hotel for you! The check in desk, bar and breakfast area as well as communal seating area are all in a different building to what our room was in. Checking in was a slight challenge as the gentleman on the desk once again spoke no English which wasn’t too much of a problem, however his computer system having gone down earlier in the day was a little more of a problem. I simply had to find my name on a piece of paper of people due to check in that day and then assure them that it was me!!!
The walk to our building was not far and we were given a code number to unlock the door to the building after 9pm (not that we planned on going out we were feeling a little like zombies at this stage!) Of course our favourite part was the kennels for our bikes to keep them dry overnight! I thought that was a genius idea, can’t say I had ever seen it before but I felt very happy leaving my bike there and knowing it would be safe all night long.
As for the room itself, yes it was basic yet spacious (mostly likely as our suspicions were correct and we had been given a disabled room). It had two single beds, a wardrobe and a desk, in the bathroom there was a walk in shower with seat, a ridiculously high toilet and basin, along with numerous grab rails… like we said we did have the slight suspicions that it was a disabled room, I don’t know what gave it away… But saying that after all the cycling we had done and the way our limbs and bottoms were feeling the high toilet, seat in the shower and grab rails were very muchly appreciated!
The beds were very comfortable, which if you are staying at this hotel and intend for an ‘adventure’ holiday that is exactly what you want. We both slept really well, but then again there wasn’t much option other than to sleep in this room as the Ethic Etape hotels do NOT come with televisions in the room, they believe you should share the experience by conversing with the others in your room rather than watching tv. Therefore if you are there are your own I hope you like your own company! Although we cheated and found a way round that by watching a film on the iPad…. bad Nikki and Dan breaking the Ethic Etape rule!
Next morning breakfast was disappointing to say the least… the picture below says it all….
So as you can imagine after that wholesome and filling breakfast we managed to cycled really far before needing to refuel again… NOT. We actually made it a grand total of about 2 miles. Therefore my recommendation for this hotel if you are going to stay is find somewhere else to have breakfast or take your own. Now I can not comment on the cost of the hotel as obviously they were very generous to donate the room and the breakfast free of charge, however I did notice while checking in that for normal guests (yes that’s right I don’t class us as normal!) breakfast was charged at 5 euros, which I personally would not have been happy paying based on how shocking breakfast was. Now in case people are thinking we just didn’t fill our bowls up very much and therefore that isn’t a true representation on breakfast, rest assured everyone, everything you see in that picture is all there was available!
Overall we slept well, and it was such a lovely peaceful environment and the bikes were 100% safe over night, the only disappointment was breakfast and the slightly thin walls, however if those are things you think you could cope with then we full recommend a stay in the Ethic Etapes in Angers.
Nikki & Dan