RESPONDING to recent correspondence on the subject of finding good value accommodation in the Dover area, Les Brown of Boston Spa agrees that the Travel Inn is a good choice but the problem is that you need to book well in advance.

'A good alternative is to take the late ferry in the afternoon or evening to Calais and book into the George V Hotel, 36 Rue Royale, Calais (010 33 21 97 68 00). It costs about the same as the Travel Inn. The hotel has a very secure car park behind a 15ft wall. It's nice to have a French meal on night one - and you get an early start in France without losing the hour due to clock change]'