Coming to France from overseas? Here are some bike-friendly hotels near airports, ferry ports and Eurostar terminals outside France that should help take the hassle out of travelling with your bike.
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We have stacks of suggestions of bike-friendly places to stay inside France, but we're often also asked about hotels en route to France. Which ones will let me store my bike in my room? Will there be space for my bike bag? Is there a shuttle service to the airport?
We've doing the hard work for you and compiling this list of hotels near major airport, UK/Irish ferry ports and the Eurostar terminals that have confirmed to us that they welcome cyclists.
It's a work in progress, so please let us know if you come accoss any others (you can post a note below or email email@example.com with suggestions).
The Park Inn by Radisson hotels group says it has a blanket worldwide policy to welcome cyclists. They have a best-priced guarantee on their website – find the room cheaper elsewhere and they'll give you a 25% discount.
@freewheelfrance Hi! Yes, you are always welcome to store your bike in your room or leave it with reception. ~Evan— Park Inn by Radisson (@parkinn) 7 March 2017
@freewheelfrance Yes, you should have no problem worldwide. Feel free to tweet us and we can check with the hotel before you book. ~Evan— Park Inn by Radisson (@parkinn) 7 March 2017
All Premier Inn hotels guarantee safe bike storage. This is the policy across the entire chain, which has hotels at most major airports as well as in city centres across te world. One cyclist who contacted us via Facebook said she had used the London Euston Premier Inn prior to a Eurostar trip to France and that it was bike-friendly.
All their airport hotels in the UK are listed here. See the Premier Inn website for hotels in other destinations worldwide.
@freewheelfrance Hi Lyn, you’ll either be able to keep your bike in your room, or the team can store it safely for you! Amy— Premier Inn (@premierinn) 7 March 2017
@freewheelfrance It certainly is! Darren— Premier Inn (@premierinn) 7 March 2017
UK and Ireland airports
The Travelodge head office has confirmed that they bike storage at hotels near the following UK and Irish airports:
Heathrow Central, Heathrow Terminal 5, Heston M4 Westbound (Heathrow), Heston M4 Eastbound (Heathrow), Gatwick Airport Central, London City Airport, Stansted, Leeds Bradford, Birmingham Airport, Cardiff Airport, Edinburgh Airport Ratho Station, Glasgow Airport, Aberdeen Airport, Newcastle Airport, Nottingham East Midlands, Cork Airport, Dublin Airport North, Dublin Airport South.
The Thistle hotel at Heathrow Terminal 5 have now also confirmed that bikes are welcomed either boxed/bagged or fully assembled.
We are waiting for confirmation from other airport hotels on their bike-friendliness. We'll also add ferry ports and more Eurostar options in as they come to hand.