Wondering where to stay near Calais ferry port? Perhaps it will be the night before a morning crossing back to the UK? Or maybe you will just get off a late crossing from the UK and don't want to drive too far in the dark? Here are some suggestions for hotels and campsites around Calais. By Driving Expert Simon Heptinstall.
Handy for the port (within 15 minutes drive of the terminal)
Cheap and cheerful
You won’t get fluffy bathrobes or chocolates on your pillows at this French motel chain but you do get the best-priced hotel room in town. It will be a clean, modern but very basic room that can sleep three. But the downside is that bathrooms are not ensuite. The nearest F1 hotel is a short motorway drive from the Calais terminal. There’s a free car park, 24-hour automatic entry, digital TV and wifi. A very basic continental breakfast costs 3.70 Euros extra.
Double room from around 32 Euros
Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Chemin de Bernieulles, Coquelles. Tel: + 33 891 70 52 06
Camping de la Plage
Conveniently close to the beach and sand dunes, just ten minutes east of the ferry, this little three-star tree-lined Calais campsite is well-equipped with pitches for tents and mobile homes. A tent pitch for one night with two adults and a car costs from 7.80 Euros and there are wooden chalets to hire from around 50 Euros a night if the weather is bad.
Tent pitch from 7.80 Euros (two adults/one car)
Rue de Marachel Foch, 59153 Grand-Fort-Philippe. Tel.: + 33 328 65 31 95
A cut above
Here’s your chance to start the trip with a treat or end it with a flourish. Le Manoir will cost more than a simple motel stop-over - but not as much as you’d think. Luxurious ensuite bedrooms in this small Napoleonic chateau overlook the miles of private parkland. Yet you are just off the A26, the ‘Autoroute Des Anglais’ and only about 15 minutes from the ferry.
Double room around 70 Euros
40 route de Licques, 62890 Bonningues lès Ardres, Tel: +33 321 82 69 05
Further afield (within 45 minutes of the ferry port)
Cheap and cheerful
Hotel Les Frangins
This is a budget-priced family-run hotel/restaurant/bar in the main square of the charming old French market town of St Omer. Les Frangins has 26 ensuite rooms, many with views across busy streets leading to the cathedral and market. There’s free wifi and TV but rooms are simply furnished and you have to use public car parking. Rest assured it is one of the reliable Logis chain that are known for their good traditional restaurants.
Double room from 67 Euros
5 Rue Carnot, 62500 Saint Omer, Tel: +33 321 38 12 47
Les Pommiers des Trois Pays
This three-star campsite has large flat grassy pitches sheltered by trees in a calm rural spot. Facilities are good, including heated outdoor pool, children’s playground and games room, brasserie, take-away and outside bar. It’s just 25km (15 miles) from Calais, in the pretty riverside village of Licques and a network of walking trails start right at the campsite.
Camping: 4.80 Euros per adult, 3 Euros per child
Les Pommiers des Trois Pays, 62850 Licques. Tel.: +33 321 35 02 02
A cut above
Hostellerie Saint Louis
Another Logis hotel and again, another fine restaurant. What you save on the budget-priced rooms you’ll probably spend in the gourmet restaurant downstairs. Don’t worry, the Hostellerie is a place to forget about the journey for the night and indulge in some serious French cuisine. The hotel itself is a characterful, quirky old place in a quiet spot, ten miles north of St Omer, about 40 minutes from Calais.
Double room from around 58 Euros
47 Rue De L'eglise, 59470 Bollezeele. Tel +33 328 68 81 83
If you need a place to stay near Bilbao or Rotterdam, read Simon’s guide to hotels and campsites in Bilbao and his guide to hotels and campsites in Rotterdam.
P&Os camping holiday expert
In the past 20 years, John Lloyd has written extensively on travel and the outdoors in newspapers, magazines and books. He also edited Camping Magazine for 10 years and now writes regularly for the Caravan Club Magazine as well as for Living Spain, Destination France and France Magazine. There are few places in Europe and the US where he hasn't pitched at tent at some point. Whilst he's happy to enjoy the luxuries of a top grade campsite, he also likes camping out in remote wilderness areas.