Best Western Plus Hotel des Francs,  Soissons 

4.0/5  - based on 319 guest reviews.
62 Boulevard Jeanne d'Arc, 02200, Soissons, France - See map
+33 360714000 +33 323553991



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  • 24-hour front desk
    24-hour front desk
  • Cocktail lounge
    Cocktail lounge
  • Restaurant
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  • Wireless internet connection in public areas
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The Best Western Plus Hotel des Francs is located in Soissons, 90km from Paris, front of the Abbey of Saint-Jean des Vignes. The hotel is a "HQE" building, which offers great comfort, a lot of natural light, with a low carbon footprint. The 70 rooms are comfortable, spacious, decorated with natural colors and equipped with Pay TV, Wireless internet connection, telephone, and for some mini-bar.

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Best Western Plus Hotel des Francs,Soissons
  • 3
    « Hotel in nice surroundings »

    Nice hotel in wonderful surroundings in the old city of Soissons. The ruin of the old monastery Abbey of St Jean des Vignes. Only one in the staff speaks sufficient English. Nice restaurant with really good menu.

    « Excellent hotel close to town centre »

    Very easy to get to as it's not in the centre of town, this hotel is smart and modern with well appointed rooms (including tea/coffee making). The spacious parking is undercover and free of charge - very unusual and appreciated. The staff at reception were all very friendly and dealt with check-in and out very efficiently. A short walk will take you to the pretty town with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Warning - Sundays are very quiet with limited open bars and restaurants. We didn't use the restaurant or had breakfast, the latter too expensive for what we eat first thing in the morning. We would certainly return to Soissons and stay at the Best Western.

    « Too hot »

    We had a pleasant stay in this hotel but the room was far too hot. It seems that most rooms don't have air conditioning. We were provided a fan (upon request as opposed to room standard) but this is hardly a solution as they are extremely noisy and not designed to replace air conditioning. It also didn't make sense that the bed duvet was a winter one and that every time the maid had been the only window in the room was closed so you always returned to a poorly ventilated, hot room. The staff also seemed to vary in ability. Some staff members were very helpful, happy and polite whilst others didn't really want to offer any help or even just a friendly morning 'hello'. Apart from heat the room was very pleasant, a good size and the bed was comfortable. The breakfast was excellent and we enjoyed time spent on the terrace for a drink.

    « Huge disappointment »

    Our usual stopping over en route to the UK and I thought we would enjoy a pleasant final night at the hotel in which we'd previously stayed more than two years ago. Quite what has happened in that period, I don't know. The hotel is now a triumph of style over substance. Everything looks lovely, including the beautiful planting outside! But where to begin... The welcome was perfunctory and the staff maintained this disinterest throughout. The room was hardly a good-sized double and there was far too much furniture taking up unnecessary place. Just how many, uncomfortable, seats can one have in a small room? But for lack of comfort let's talk about the absence of air-conditioning and - even with the one small window fully open - the stuffiest room I've stayed in in many years. And just why was a winter duvet on the bed, which made sleep virtually impossible, as well as the internal and external noise. The power points seems to have a life of their own and required wall switches to be turned on before some of them worked; none of this was explained and little was simple. The wifi took a number of attempts, not helped by an unhelpful member of staff and speeds were mediocre. Given the hotel's proximity to Calais would it really be problematic to have one UK channel on the TV; Sky News, for example, which we'd had elsewhere in France and Italy? The TV is wall-mounted and huge with three bright and irritating lights which could only be extinguished by unplugging the set and its receiver box. The shower room is also far too hot and no matter how hard one tries in the, unlit, walk-in shower, the water is going to encroach into the basin area and make the whole floor wet. Thankfully a short stay but one which will remain in the memory as a real dampener at the end of a lovely holiday. Not somewhere to which we will return!

    « Comfortable overnight stop »

    Easy to find, this modern hotel presents well on first sight, although the lounge/bar/dining area being all co-located can be quite noisy. We were made welcome at reception, had a very good dinner and breakfast and the bed was extremely comfortable. The one downside was the lack of enthusiasm of the receptionist on check-out - she appeared to have better things to do than deal with clients.

    « Very good value in Soissons »

    We stayed here one night en route back to Calais & the UK. Best Western Plus are reliably comfortable and up-to-date business hotels, and Hotel des Francs is no exception. It was excellent value, perhaps because Soissons is not a main tourist destination. Our dinner was very good, but be careful or you could spend a fortune on the wine.

    « Good hotel »

    Stayed at this hotel last night. It is a clean and very well presented hotel, the beds are comfortable and quiet. The evening meal was okay but the burgers were too red/raw within for our liking. The omelettes and desserts very good. Breakfast is a limited offering but good. Yes we would use this hotel again.

    « Beautiful View of the Abbey from the Hotel!! »

    This area of Picardie is void of any top notch hotels. The Best Western Hotel Des Francs was the best we could find. It was a modern hotel, large rooms, free underground parking, and nice breakfast. We opted for a room with a terrace overlooking the abbey. The view was fantastic, especially at night when the abbey was lit. The rooms are modern, clean, and well appointed all at a reasonable price. We would definitely go back to this hotel.

    « Nice clean hotel, weird wifi »

    I stayed at this hotel for a few nights while on a business trip in the region. The breakfast was OK, the room was nice and clean, the personnel helpful. They also have an underground garage free of charge. The wifi connection was weird though. Every five minutes I got disconnected and when I tried to load another page my browser went first to the hotel website where I had to click "Connect". The speed was alos sloooow. It was really annoying. Other than that I could say it was OK.

    « Overnight Stop »

    This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel which we found very comfortable and convenient it is modern and has secure parking. We ate in the restaurant and both enjoyed our meals. The room was very clean and a good size. We found the staff friendly and helpful. We would definately stay again.

  • 5
    « Super Hotel »

    This is a very good modern hotel - lots of space in the public areas and the bedrooms - bed very comfortable - Selection for breakfast one of the best we have found in France - food and service in the restaurant for dinner also of a very high standard. A very enjoyable stay. Only issue shower tended to flood the bathroom.

    « Second visit - still lovely »

    This is the second time we have stayed here in 18 months - last time was with a group for the Circuit de Laon - and it is still a really lovely hotel. Quiet, clean, nicely presented rooms with air conditioning (think we were upgraded as we only booked a standard room!) with a beautiful view towards the old cathedral. They serve a very good breakfast and dinner in their dining room on a Sunday night was good too, although a greatly reduced menu from the norm which was a bit of a shame. Although a slight detour from the Motorway north of Reims, it is well worth bearing this hotel in mind for a very comfortable stopover on the way to/from Calais. Would totally recommend it

    « Best - Best Western! »

    Beautiful hotel. Really modern, so quiet and rooms so comfortable. Beds were great, only downside was the shower wasn't the greatest (shower head in room 121 may need replacing) We arrived quite late and the kitchen was just closing but they were still so accommodating and made us some sandwiches and salads, which were plentiful and delicious. Breakfast was fantastic!! I would 100% stay here again!!

    « One night stay on route home from a holiday »

    An extremely good hotel with safe secure parking if you need to stay in Soissons for an overnight stop. The staff are extremely helpful and the rooms very comfortable. The hotel restaurant is also pretty reasonable and although not particularly cheap is good value for money. The one draw back is Soissons is not a very inspiring place to stay.

    « Very welcome place to stay »

    After a 500 mile trip and 2 weeks in a tent, this hotel was a lovely was a lovely place to stay on our way home. Lovely room, balcony with a view of the abbey, and a lovely meal in the hotel restaurant

    « Great Overnight Stop »

    We stopped in Soissons overnight after driving from Paris. We'd stopped in Compiegne for the Armistice Clearing, Pierrefonds for its magical castle and the Château de Coucy. So we arrived at the Hotel des Francs tired and hungry after a long day. Reception was quick and efficient and we were in our modern room overlooking a ruined abbey in minutes with the car parked free in the underground lot. The room was clean and the bed comfortable. The bathroom had a walk in shower. A couple of drinks from the bar and the restaurant was opened at 7. The service was friendly and quick and we had the most interesting club sandwiches ever. I can't comment on breakfast as we eschew hotel breakfasts. All in all a comfortable and pleasant place to stay for one night or several.

    « Perfect in every way! »

    We stayed here for one night and were really impressed with this hotel. Situated in a very quiet part of Soissons overlooking the Abbey, everything was perfect from check-in to check-out. The receptionist was friendly and very helpful, the room was small but very comfortable (with the softest pillows!). Restaurant was good even on a Sunday night when there were very few guests and the food was excellent. Likewise breakfast was very good with plenty of choice. We were trying to change our Eurotunnel booking which we were unable to do on the internet and the receptionist very kindly allowed us to use the phone without charge. There was nothing negative we could say about this hotel and I am surprised at some of the reviews. We would most definitely return and can't praise the hotel enough for comfort and great service!

    « Surprising charm »

    I stayed here with my husband for one night and we were pleasantly surprised by how modern it was and by the fantastic view we had. We were impressed with the room, which was spacious, clean, modern and functional, with a sliding door separating the bedroom from the rest of the room, providing privacy and darkness. A walk in shower and separate toilet area was very well decorated and spacious. We ate dinner in the hotel restaurant and it was very good value and delicious. We had a walk in the morning around the area, which was stunning. Some lovely shops to visit and a beautiful church. Worth staying if you are in the area.

    « Avoid »

    We arrived for a one night stay. The hotel appeared very quiet, with, perhaps, 4 other rooms taken. Whether this is because it is the August holidays or this hotel has a reputation, who knows. Positive aspects: 1) Modern, clean enough. 2) 150 metres walk to the picturesque abbey; some rooms have views on the abbey. 3) Our room shared a small balcony. Neutralaspects: 1) 600 metre walk to the centre of this very quiet town, with, it appears, not many attractions or things to do. Negative aspects: 1) Rooms are small. We had a "deluxe" room where they added a fold-out single bed for our 5 year old daughter. Very pokey room. 2) Air conditioning is not used. It is installed (there is a dial in the room and vents), though, on this humid, hot day, we asked the concierge if it was broken, he said they don't have any (oh, really?). Eventually, he offered a fan. Thus, we had a poor nights sleep in a small, suffocating, humid room, and had to leave the door to the balcony open during the night. EDIT: apparently there is a "comfort room" with air conditioning. The more expensive "deluxe" room does not. 3) Maintenance is poor: toilet did not function well, air conditioning as above (though they have probably turned it off to save money). Sauna was not functioning with a wire hanging down from the ceiling. 4) Breakfast is poor (though there aren't other options within a short walk away). Some watery scrambled eggs, a few cereals and croissants. Small variety of foods. When we arrived for breakfast there were no scrambled eggs, no water, no bacon, no milk, no croissants. 5) There is nothing really to do immediately surrounding the hotel. It appears to be in a new development. No local vibe or character. 6) No refrigerator. 7) Underground carpark is not secured: anyone can walk in. The restaurant is overpriced for slightly above average food. There aren't many hotels in Soissons (for reasons that become apparent when you arrive). This hotel is ranked no 1 on tripadvisor. Is this as they have paid to be ranked the first or are the others genuinely poorer (let's hope not)?

    « Nice room »

    Stayed here for one night on a very hot night in July. We had not booked and had looked for a hotel for a while, and was happy that BW had rooms available. The room was great - very comfortable bed, nice bathroom. No ac was a big minus, it got really hot. ( I think superior rooms have ac) We had dinner outside in the cool breeze, and my scampi-risotto was excellent. Breakfast the following day was ok, not possible to sit outside - another small minus. Free parking in the basement, and free wifi was a plus.

  • 3
    « If you think superior means better think again! »

    Hotel is located well opposite the Abbey with underground free parking, but having to carry your luggage up a spiral staircase to the reception is not easy. The reception area looks very modern and...

    « Excellent new hotel »

    Easy to park for free. Newly constructed hotel. Excellent rooms. Fantastic restaurant. Close to downtown. Probably the best hotel in town. If you are looking for a hotel in Soissons, book a room at the Best Western PLUS Hotel des Francs.

    « Great location in great town »

    Great location in great town,close to town center with lots of restaurants, shops and a great beer cellar producing local beer and selling a large variety. Hotel is nice, rooms are grear. Coffee maker is hidden behind the mirror and swimming pool is quite small.

    « Good night sleep »

    Having spent 2 weeks camping we really appreciated a good nights sleep in a very comfortable bed. The food in this hotel is the best ever experienced in a Best Western anywhere in the world! Delightful decore, clean, smart hotel, good position for local city ammenities. Superb.

    « A new experience in Best Weterns in France »

    We had not been to Soissons for many years, but decided to try out the new Beat Western. We were not disappointed. The hotel is a joy to be in. The rooms are excellent, the décor imaginative, the parking facilities excellent and the staff helpful and friendly. We shall certainly return and will recommend this hotel as one that MUST be visited.

    « No value for money. »

    On arriving there wasn't a receptionist present. The receptionist give us a key, but we can't open the roomdoor with this key We booked a LUXE-room at 188,50 ? (B.&B.); No fridge in the room, no LUXE. Poor breakfast. for 13,50 ?/p/person. Good parking. Bathroom was dirty.


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·From: Paris. Follow the direction of Soissons (N31/A104. Arriving in Soissons, follow town centre and then parc Gouraud to the Best Western Plus Hotel des Francs. The hotel is located front of the Abbey Saint-Jean des Vignes. ·From: Reims. Exit of Tinqueux, follow the direction of Soissons (N31). Arriving in Soissons, follow town centre and then parc Gouraud to the Best Western Plus Hotel des Francs. The hotel is located front of the Abbey Saint-Jean des Vignes. ·From: Lille. Take the A26 to Reims, exit at Laon, and then follow the direction of Soissons. Arriving in Soissons, follow town centre and then parc Gouraud to the Best Western Plus Hotel des Francs. The hotel is located front of th...

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