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Formule 1 (Coventry)
Member Name: cswann
Formule 1 (Coventry)
Date: 25/04/01, updated on 25/04/01 (1349 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap (extremely cheap for small families), functional
Disadvantages: No food, no ensuite facilities, very basic.
If you haven't stayed at a Formule 1 hotel before, you're in for a different experience in accommodation. I stayed at the Coventry hotel, but they are all the same: it's a budget hotel, basic, clean and functional.
Formule 1 hotels is part of the French Accor chain - doorsigns have "Poussez" in big letters, which dwarfs the tiny lettering for "Push". The signs are also helpfully colour coded.
Overall, it's like being on a ship. You have to step into the toilets, which are cabin-like, and it's all a little bit cramped. The toilets are what's called "self clean", too. There's a notice telling you that if the light outside is on, the toilet could be in "self-clean" mode, when I assume the entire room is sluiced down. I couldn't help wondering whether this happens at certain present times in the day, or after a certain number of people have visited the toilet. Fascinating stuff!
The rooms are all the same - a double bed, with a bunk up above it (very cleverly designed), so each room sleeps up to 3 people, and you pay the same cost (19.95) regardless of how many people are staying. There are 86 rooms in all at Coventry, been even with that many, it can get booked up (I stayed there in late March, and the hotel was full).
None of the rooms are en suite, but there are plenty of the aforementioned toilets, and showers. No baths at all, I'm afraid.
There's an unpleasant smell of bleach. Smooth surfaces are everywhere, which must be easy to keep clean, You don't get any little packs of soap or shampoo - and there is no soap at all at the sink in your room, which I found very odd. The theory must be that you don't need any because there's soap and shampoo in dispensers in the toilets and shower rooms.
It is very basic - towels and a plastic cup are the only things you'll find at the sink in your room.
There are no drawers, just a fe
w coathangers - clearly designed for one-night stays, or for people who live out of suitcases!
No tea making facilities - just a vending machine in the foyer. There's also no Bible, incidentally - and I don't think I've ever stayed in any other hotel that didn't have one. There's a TV and remote control, though.
No facilities for meals, although the Coventry hotel has an Ibis hotel next door, which is more upmarket, and you can pop over to their restaurant for a good cheap breakfast. It's only 5 or 10 minutes into the centre of Coventry, in any case.
No room keys - your room door (and the front door, after 10.30 pm) are operated using a code number, which is a great idea.
The reception desk is only staffed during 6.30 - 10.00 am and 7.00 - 10.30 pm, but outside these hours, they operate "24-hour room sales", where, if you have a credit card, you can use the booking machine at the entrance.
The staff on the desk at The Formule 1 were French, (and very pleasant) and the chain aims to changeover to the single currency on January 1st 2002.
Not for a romantic weekend, but excellent value if all you need is somewhere to stay the night.
Formule 1 hotels in the UK: Birmingham, Coventry, Doncaster, Falkirk, Liverpool, London (Barking and Thurrock).
Coventry - Telephone 02476 234560
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