If travelling between Calais and the Amiens area, and you prefer a rather up-market hotel, then the Hotel au Cardinal may be for you. This is a modern hotel in an old shell, set in the square at Poix-le-Picardie, a small town some twenty miles to the south-west of Amiens. There is also an excellent campsite within two hundred metres.
Poix is easy to reach from either the N29, or the A29 autoroute Sortie 13, both of which run north of the town, and by driving north to join the A16 near Abbeville it is about an hour and a half from Calais.
The rooms are excellent, as is the restaurant, which offers a wide range of menus. Parking is in the street outside, or by the adjacent war memorial, but no problems are likely to be encountered.
Double rooms are priced at 60 Euro, with breakfast at 6 Euro each, and we usually spend another 60 Euro on the evening meal and wine. An alternative is to dine in the hotel's new brasserie, where a variety of meals are available.
Thanks to the new autoroute around Amiens, Poix is a good base for visiting the WW1 Somme battlefield, with its many monuments and graves, on both sides of the D929 between Albert and Bapaume.
It is said that this battle touched every family in Britain, and many in the British Empire, the battlefield remaining a fascinating and thought-provoking area to visit. In particular, see Albert cathedral, the massive Thiepval monument to the missing British dead (signed from Pozières) the huge military cemetery at Pozieres, and the massive Australian memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux, off the N29 SE of Amiens.
Hotel au Cardinal
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