The Mercure Petite France in Strasbourg gets my vote as best hotel so far. Excellent position, best shower, best aircon (it actually changes when you change the setting!), equal best soundproofing (quadruple glazing, as there was in the Reims Novotel), best in-room coffee, best bedside reading lights, two proper chairs (Gwen’s top criterion), good breakfast included and all for €80 a night (albeit on an Accor “40% off offer”). Unbeatable value in a big city. Why do we have to pay more than double this for worse amenities in London? I’m considering emigrating (getting here on the empty roads, of course).