Taken for a ride!
Posted Jul 31, 2016 on Hotels
Pleasant hotel fronted by pleasant staff at a value for money price. The pool is large, clean with nice surrounding areas and shady bar area. 5 minutes from the airport makes it a very comfortable early flight stopover.
However, beware the Sunday situation. The bar area closes and locks at 7.30 and the restaurant, which by all accounts is very good, also closes. There is nothing else within walking distance.
What to do? In our case we were recommended a lovely restaurant some 15k away. Hotel advised a taxi fare of 20€ each way so we took this option and one was ordered by the hotel receptionist. Outward journey came to 75€. Return a more modest 30€. Why the difference? Apparently, French law allows taxis to charge from their point of origin not from pick up so I was later dismayed to learn that we were already on 35€ at pickup as the taxi driver had set off from Nimes some 8k distant. The driver then took the 18k long route et voila! 75€ s'il vous plait - more than we paid for the delicious meal plus wine. There followed a long discussion and a reluctant credit card.
The return was booked with an affable local village taxi man who was astonished at the effrontery of the 'gangster' city taxis.
Back to the hotel. They agreed that some sort of consumer crime had been committed, if not an act of daylight robbery and accepting some responsibility, waived 30€ from the final bill. This eased the pain somewhat but total taxi travel had still come to 70€