Hotel Formule 1
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Hotel Formule 1 was an international chain of "super low budget" or "no frills" hotels owned by the Accor Group. As of August 2012, the Hotel Formule 1 brand has begun rebranding into Accor's new ibis Styles and ibis Budget brands.
In France, some Hotel Formule 1 properties have been rebranded into a new, France-only brand called hotelF1.
Rooms rent for around €35 per night.
There are in excess of 600 hotels in 13 countries worldwide. As with Etap, most are located in France.
The rooms are very basic and whitewashed. The rooms typically each contain a small desk, a television (with cable and international channels dependent on location), a double bed or a double bed with a bunk above, and a sink. There is no toilet or shower in the room; bathing facilities are provided by single-person showers and toilets accessible from the common hallways.
Toilets and showers are automatically self-cleaned after every use. As with most hotels in this price range the doors and hotel entrances in Europe have number-pad locks, eliminating the cost of keycards or mechanical keys.
Formule 1 Hotels in France are known as hotelF1. All hotels are renovated with a new design. Like those in the rest of Europe, they have communal shower and toilet facilities.
Outside of Europe
The Formule 1 hotels outside of Europe (Australia, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand and South Africa) are more akin to the Etap hotels found in Europe, in that the rooms have their own showers and toilets rather than communal arrangements, and keycards rather than coded locks. Some locations offer the choice of a room with either a double bed with a bunk above, two singles with a bunk above, or a queen bed with a set of two bunks. The hotels operate in the budget end of the market. Unfortunately, the low price and automated check-in combined with lack of close staff supervision has made inner city branches such as Coventry a target for use by prostitutes and similar groups.
All Formule 1 hotels have a breakfast area and a reception desk which is only manned between 0630 and 0930 (0730 and 1030 on weekends and bank holidays) and then from 1700 and 2100, with some variations by country. Outside of reception hours, automatic vending machines allow access via credit or debit card.
Reception desks in Australia are attended from 7 - 10am, and then from 12pm - 10pm. A self-serve breakfast is available at each site from 7am for about $7.
In the bedroom areas (which are colour-coded as red, yellow, orange and purple) in European locations, each coloured zone has a communal shower and toilet. Hotels in Japan, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia have private toilets and showers.