It's been a while since I've travelled to Lourdes. It was first experience of a pilgrimage and we came as a diocese pilgrimage in June 2008, the 150th anniversary of the apparition. Our parish chose Tara Hotel. The hotel was very close to the Sanctuary but the hotel was very run down looking. The lifts took an age to come to our floor, especially on the morning we were due to check-out and as we were on the 5th Floor, I didn't want to be running up and down the stairs. The pillow (one pillow) was very flat, so the first night I did not sleep, but I requested a second pillow the second night and the sleep was better. No view from our hotel window, but I didn't come to Lourdes for the view, but prayer and sacrifice.
I forgot the adapter for my kettle and the concierge gave us a spare one, which was lovely. There is a shop on the ground floor, so you could buy your souvenirs and candles for the night procession. There was not much of a choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but I did not starve. Many people complained about the food, but I thought it was edible. The waitress did not have any English as so when people asked questions, she was not able to answer them. I tried to help with my broken French.
I am coming back to Lourdes again in August 2012, PG, but not to Tara Hotel