My husband and I recently stayed at this hotel. We chose it based on the Tripadvisor reviews and rate it "very good" based on our stay.
We arrived in Paris Gare du Nord and took a taxi to the hotel. Our Tuesday (early) afternoon ride took about 15-20 minutes and cost approximately 15 Euros. We were checked in by an efficient staff member who spoke very good English.
Our room view was of the alley in the back--very dark, but also very quiet. There are also rooms that face the street and have small balconies for the guests to walk out on. This is a typical non-chain European hotel, with smaller rooms and bathrooms.
The room was large enough to walk around in with large luggage on the floor, but not spacious. There is an in-room safe for valuables, TV with about 30 channels (only 2 in English--BBC News and CNN International), and a refrigerator with items to purchase. The refrigerator could probably hold small bottles if you needed to store things short-term, but we never used it. There was a digital temperature control on the wall, but it wasn't turned on so we don't know if it ever works. The room had a window which opened as did the bathroom.
The bathroom had a tub/shower (very high tub), heated towel rack, hand soap in shower and next to sink, and hair dryer. The bathroom was very clean and we were provided with clean towels and bath mat every day. The only strange thing was that we were provided one wash cloth (for 2 people) every other day (never did figure out the logic on that one!).
The bathroom was very clean and kept very clean. The room could have been vacuumed more frequently, especially in the "harder to get to" areas next to the bed. The blanket on the bed may have been clean, but had hairs and fuzzies on it that were not removed in washing.
This is an eco-friendly hotel, which is to be applauded. However, the lighting in the room and bathroom was dimmer than we're used to, which was somewhat aggravating.
We had breakfast downstairs everyday. The staff tending to breakfast was very nice and friendly. They provided coffee, tea, or hot chocolate upon arrival. The buffet had orange and grapefruit juices, applesauce, yogurts, breads, cheeses, ham, and croissants.
When departing for the day, you need to leave your key at the desk. When you come back, you give your room number and they give you your key (without asking for ID, so pretty much anyone can get your room key with that system).
We booked transport to CDG Airport through the hotel. The airport bus (15 Euros/person) is right around the corner, but we were offered door-to-door shuttle service for 17 Euros each. Just as an FYI, we inquired about the shuttle service when they were 15 minutes overdue. The woman at the desk made a call and told me they weren't coming. She apologized and booked us a taxi (which runs 50-60 Euros depending on the time of day). If they're still offering this service, do yourself a favor and have them confirm the reservation the day before. Or just take the airport shuttle, but allow yourself enough time. Upon arrival at the airport, we noticed the bus stopping close to where our taxi dropped us off.
One more tip: we had dinner at a very good crepes restaurant (A L'Etoile d'Or) further down the road from the hotel (turn right when leaving the hotel). It's about a 5 minute walk, just past a cafe appropriately named "Yuppies Cafe". The crepe restaurant draws a lot of regulars from the neighborhood as well as tourists. They have a special dinner menu that allows you to get a dinner crepe, dessert crepe, and a choice of wine, soda, water, or cider for about 20 Euros. If you're not that hungry, crepes of all sorts are available a la carte (run about 5-9 Euros). They also do take-out orders and are open for lunch.
All in all, a good stay. We would probably stay here again, but were not blown away by the experience.
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