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Reviewed 10 January 2017

A couple, plus an 8 year old, stayed for three nights in the Hotel du Nord in a 2nd floor room with two double-beds, during the week between Christmas and New Years. The room provided would accommodate 4, so it was spacious for the 3 of us.
If you've arrived by car, you'll be given a temporary permit that will allow you to put your car in the marked "livraisons" parking spots while you unload your luggage. Then you'll need to park your car either in the hotel lot (only 5 spaces so you'd better reserve ahead of time!) or make another arrangement.
All staff were friendly and efficient in giving good information during our stay. The staff are mature and dedicated, and glad to do a good job.
Breakfast on offer was classic continental-style, including a hot beverage, plus fresh breads, croissants, yogurt, jam, honey, butter, and a variety of fruit (including some surprises like lychee nuts and delicious fresh-squeezed orange juice). But if you're a Brit looking for a fry-up, be warned, there are no eggs or meat.
Despite being right in the town centre, there is heavily restricted traffic at night, so the hotel is extremely quiet. You might hear just one car go by all night.
Beds consist of quality mattresses, provided with sheets, blankets and bedspreads -- not comforters. Hot showers are provided with small packets of shower gel. In winter, the rooms are kept at a warm temperature -- perhaps too hot -- and we turned off our radiator completely for our whole stay when outside December temperatures reached minus 5 degrees C. Our bedroom had a desk and chair, and a spacious wardrobe for hanging clothes and drawers. Do not expect air conditioning in summer.
There is no minibar, bottled water, or safe in the room. These things are not expected in a 2-star hotel, so just be aware.
In the lobby there is seating where you can read a magazine or bruise online.
The hotel was one of the best experiences I've ever had in a 2-star hotel in France. It's far better than any Parisian 2-star hotel I have stayed in.
WiFi was free and fast throughout the hotel.
On the adjacent Rue de Granges you'll find an excellent Brasserie, Pizzeria, and a couple of surprisingly large grocery stores. There are shops of all kinds everywhere. You are centrally located for accessing all major touristic sites in the town.
There is a tram that can take you many places, and an extensive bus network serves the city. There are several municipal swimming pools, and an ice skating rink, but at a distance.
The hotel offers reservations for 5 marked spaces in a secure parking lot for 8 euros a day. You can access your car anytime 24/7 with a key provided, that you can keep with you throughout your visit. The parking lot is about 5 zig-zag streets away from the hotel in this medieval town, and at the garage door there's an archway you need to fit through to get in or out, but I didn't have trouble accessing or finding the lot at any time.
All streets in the historic centre are one-way, so a GPS will help you get around.
I'm under the impression that you can park your car outside the central historic district and walk in, but if you have a car you would do well to confirm this impression of mine, or make some definite arrangement for parking prior to your arrival. Taking your chances with parking seems like a bad idea.
If you arrive at night, due to the traffic restrictions, you'll stop at a bollard, and explain to someone over an intercom that you're checking in to your hotel, and they'll let you though. You can exit the same way to go park your car.
Overall the Hotel du Nord is a great value, and a fine place to stay to enjoy Besançon.

Room Tip: Probably best to avoid being right next to the elevator
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Thank AmeriEuroMan
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

We stayed one night in this hotel with 2 kids. We had a family bedroom (3 beds in one room). Was very clean, the rooms are a bit small but for one night it was fine.
The receptionist was very helpful and nice.
A big plus is the breakfast, for a 2 star hotel we had fresh pressed orange juce!
The location is perfect : city center, and they have a parking 2 minutes walk from the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Thank momone2014
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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Yep it is in old town so old was expected. Quite quaint with smallish rooms but comfortable and clean. Driving into the hotel turned out to be very difficult but once sorted it was ok. But you park and leave the car, don't expect to just use it at random while here it is a labour to get it in and out. That said the hotel could not he positioned better. Right in the heart of town and a walk to many fine restaurants and shops.
Worth over looking some faults simply for the position. Especially for only a one or 2 night stay. I would stay again.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Harley M
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Reviewed 25 September 2014

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for the best part of a week in September. On the positive side, it is very centrally located, has good wifi, a lift, the staff are friendly and helpful and it is clean. English is spoken but it is quite limited in the case of some staff. We did not have breakfast but it was available as was room service with bar and snack items.

Our room was at the front of the hotel and was significantly noisy, both from the street and from poor insulation within. We could hear footsteps from above very clearly.

The hotel has certainly seen better days. The décor is very shabby, with strange lobbies containing wardrobes and random pieces of furniture in what is, in effect, a wide corridor. I had a major beef with our bathroom, which actually had been refurbished and looked quite smart. The shower had been placed so that you had to step over a tiled 'bridge' of a foot high and nearly the same depth to get into the shower. It was probably some boxed in pipes. When I tried to step over this into the shower, my foot slipped in the shower which was wet because my husband had just used it and I slammed my other leg into the tiled bridge, bruising it badly. This shower arrangement is really, really badly designed and invites accidents. I looked into another room on our floor and there is at least one other similarly laid out shower. My recommendation would be for any prospective guests to check this with the management before booking and avoid!

Room Tip: Avoid the front of the hotel as it's noisy.
  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank gorgeousgussieLondon
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

very well located, clean and comfortable perhaps a little expensive for a hotel that could do with a touch of modernisation. Friendly and helpful personnel however. Parking is available but at a little distance.

Room Tip: not on the street at week ends, perhaps we were unlucky but five drunken imbeciles decided to wake everybody up at 02.30 in the morning.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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