Published by Lyn on 25 August 2015
I stayed at Hotel Le Charleston in Le Mans before riding the Le Mans 24-hour Cyclosportive. Here's what I thought of the hotel.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable (and provided a great city map). My room was plenty big enough for my panniers and I. The shower was excellent – hot, spacious and a great shower head, and included a nice supply of bodywash (none of that industrial-type plastic stuff with a hospital aroma).
There is no air-conditioning, but each room does come equipped with a fan.
There is free wifi access in the hotel, though coverage was impossible in my room. Some fellow cyclists I was staying with had varying luck; one had stayed previously in a different room and had had no problems. Coverage it seems is variable depending on where you are in the hotel. Certainly it was fine in reception and in the peaceful little courtyard off the breakfast room. I paid for one hour’s access through the Orange wifi network to check if it was a local area problem or a hotel issue, and access from my room was still not possible: clearly parts of the hotel are in a dead spot. If wifi in your room is a deal-breaker, then you’ll need to either insist on a wifi-friendly room when you book, or stay elsewhere. Otherwise, there’s 24/7 access to the lounge/courtyard.
5 things we liked
1) There is a massive garage underneath the hotel with plenty of safe bike storage. Entry is gated and coded, and it's where the hotel keeps its own small fleet of bikes for guest use.
2) The hotel, which is privately owned and operated and a member of the independent Logis network, is accredited with Accueil Velo status, so there was a bottle of water waiting for us in our rooms and a laundry service for smelly cycling kit, plus there’s a …
3) Super cyclists’ breakfast of cereals, breads, juices and eggs to boil.
4) Location! The hotel is a short ride from the train station and a 10-minute stroll to the centre of Le Mans for sightseeing. It's an easy ride along (mostly) bike-laned roads to the Bugatti Circuit for the cyclosportive.
5) There's a restaurant at the hotel if you get in late and can’t be bothered going out to eat. If you do, check out Aux Cocottes Sarthoises (10, Place Saint-Pierre; +33 (0)2 43 28 65 24), just around the corner from the cathedral.
Hotel Le Charleston
18-20 rue Gastelier, 72000 Le Mans
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