Has anyone got any recommendations for a hotel in Calais, near the tunnel terminal, with safe parking? I'm heading to France for a couple of weeks, with bikes, and travelling over late in the evening with the intention of staying overnight in Calais before heading into France. Normally I've been on the ferry from Portsmouth which means you don't have to worry about anything being nicked. Normally the bikes are chained up on the back of the van (VW Transporter) but, probably not being near the coast on this holiday, I might offload the watersports gear and get the bikes inside. Even then, if someone had a go at trying to get into the van it could really spoil the whole trip. Normally when I'm at some quiet hotel in the middle of nowhere I don't worry, but am slightly paranoid that places like Calais attract the wrong sorts with lots of cars full of people's holiday stuff.
Bit of a ferry tip (while I'm on the subject of crossing the channel): If you're on a ferry with a car deck that is partially open to the elements and bad weather is forecast, cover your bikes up as best as possible. 24 hrs from Santander to Portsmouth in a storm with salty air billowing into the car deck; chains and cassettes bright orange with rust!