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  1. Bisnick

    ibis Plymouth

    I worked in the area when this hotel was built. It is a cast concrete construction and a fleet of lorries arrived with two bedrooms on the back and were taken off by crane and stacked like Lego. It only took about two days to have everything in place. Every "pod" was pre drilled for all the utilities and everything was in shipping containers and partially constructed in a factory in France, the installer ( I wont call them plumbers) would feed one end of the tap assembly into the pre drilled hole into the next door pod and then line up with the holes in the wall knock a raw plug in and screw in. All the other parts of the pod were installed the same. Everyone from the ground workers up were French and were travelling the country fitting them out. They moved to Cardiff after Plymouth. They had came from the Liverpool and had to pay protection money to get that one built as the Liverpool workers insisted they did the work but the French company would not allow it, so all construction was stopped until an agreement was reached! The hotel was opened as the Campanile brand but didn't make any money. The French owners came over many times and could not work out why it was failing. It was soon sold to Ibis and I would cry with laughter when driving past seeing they were asking upwards of £80 per night. There was a time when ladies of a certain profession would book a room for the night as there was no need to go through reception and anyone could come and go!
  2. Hi Paully, you need to edit as your email address is visible at bottom of mail.
  3. They only had reserved seats left, no way were we travelling that distance without a cabin.
  4. I was affected by the Pont Aven cancellation on 26th May Plymouth - Santander and only by the heads up from this site knew before BF officially announced the extension to the delays. I was able to sort a Poole crossing and then had three overnights on the way down to Santander. I used Ibis hotels to keep the cost down and submitted a claim for £223.48 which I thought was not unreasonable. Last week I received an envelope from BF with no correspondence but had a cheque for £81 inside. I rang customer services and they explained that was my payoff for my claim stating it was a maximum of 80 euro per person for one nights accommodation and as the most expensive nights stay was 91.85 euro that was all they were paying for! I explained that I was on a BF holiday and not a straight ferry crossing as I had mentioned in my earlier claim so couldn't arrive until the 27th May. The Poole crossing was on Fri 24th May. They had paid the contribution for extra travel directly into my bank account within 5 days so that was a help. I was very polite and expressed my displeasure at their failure to cover my I thought very reasonable costs but the rep was adamant that was all I would get but suggested a further letter of complaint. I sat down and began researching compensation for cancellation of ferries/holidays etc and was just about to send my additional claim and like @kgst an email arrived with the same apology but with mine a voucher for £200 was attached. So my faith in BF is restored. How have other people affected by the cancellations faired with their compensation claims ?
  5. The Barbican turning is just at the start of the restriction. I think all of Exeter Street will be affected going by the previous holdups.
  6. https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/well-straight-point-isnt-good-2952888 This could well impact anyone using Millbay Docks for the next few weeks. Best not to enter Plymouth at the Sainsburys roundabout but carry on the A38 and turn left on to the A386. These roadworks have been going on for weeks now causing major traffic problems. The proposal is now to narrow the road at Charles Cross ( The Old ruined church roundabout ) into single lane. I would recommend the same way out of Plymouth via A386.
  7. It will cost me £13.50 to cover up to 35 days holiday and yes they will look favourably at paying for the extra nights accom on the way down. I asked for an email confirmation and reply was "Oh, don't you trust us"
  8. You read my mind, I was just looking for the telephone number for this and the extra days will push me over the 30 days limit on the insurance so wanted to check what it will cost extra.
  9. I was booked Sunday Plym - Roscoff and have managed to re book on Poole - Cherbourg Friday morning. This entails a 04.00 departure from home in Plymouth to get checked in on time. BF insist on only offering one nights accommodation. Our trip is part of a holiday with accommodation close to Santander. So it is three nights extra hotel but they only offer one night compensation. Has anyone been successful in claiming any extra nights.
  10. I went through Plymouth on Thursday 21st March, last Thursday of Armorique sailings and customs were being a pain. there are only two lanes through their shed and they were stopping vehicles in both and searching them causing long delays for people wanting to take advantage of early boarding. Customs have the list of all people travelling so are in a position to cause minimum disruption by acting on intelligence and the spotters before the shed but I felt they were just making a point to cause maximum disruption because of the long time from ticket boots opening and sailing time.
  11. I concur a very Ferry Christmas to everyone, its just got a lot better as I have just found a box of Chateau De Marjolet Cuvee de Samnaga hidden away and unopened. Well it was! Another excellent selection Chris.
  12. Just a heads up for those leaving and arriving Plymouth on Sunday 12th August. Plymouth MegaRide is on again and this can cause considerable congestion on the A38 from Lee Mill up to Marley Head ( Exeter direction) where they then return down the A38 and into Plymouth ending up on the Hoe. Departure from Lee Mill is 11.30. Website as follows www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk
  13. That was the Cap on its way into Roscoff for its crew change on way to Bilbao.
  14. They were trying to advertise a job at the ferry port running the operations there.
  15. You could get a job as a proof reader first. Headlines in todays paper. You could get a job running the Britanny Ferries port By WMNJBayley | Posted: April 16, 2017 Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/you-could-get-a-job-running-the-britanny-ferries-port/story-30274311-detail/story.html#JGsKhmvEtlplgzwa.99
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