I am staying in an Ibis Hotel. It's a French chain (half the guests and most of the staff in this one seem to be from France) with over 1,000 hotels in 60 countries.They've just celebrated their 40th anniversary. When we lived in Bangkok we had the displeasure of one being built next door. But I like them. They're cool, inexpensive, functional, not too big (though one couldn't describe them as boutique) with very young but well-trained staff. Jeez, I sound like an ad.