Reading reviews is tough - after we booked this hotel we started reading the reviews and didn't feel that comfortable with our choice, but I have to say I was very impressed indeed.
The hotel is so easy to get to being right next to an underpass connecting to Gare de l'Est which is one stop from Gare de Nord which has a direct RER link to Charles de Gaule airport.
Once inside the hotel is very modern and clean with a waiting room / lounge area, reception, bar and two elevators. The hotel is on eight floors. Our room was on the eighth floor meaning it had a smallish window so get one through six if you can.
The room itself was small but very well appointed featuring TV with pay per view movies and internet. On regular TV there were only two English speaking channels which were constant, repetitive news which was a shame. In addition to this was a very comfortable, memory foam bed, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, closet, desk and bathroom which again was modern and super clean.
My wife and I read reviews of the area being dodgey at night but we saw nothing of it. To be perfectly honest I got the impression it was super safe as there were always young, single girls walking around all the time.
There are two highly recommended hotels that we tried within easy walking distance of the hotel. One is directly below and is called Strasbourgois. This serves Alsation food and has menus in both French and English although the English one does cause come fits of laughter due to some tenuous translations. The other is Les Enfants Perdus which is on 9 Rue de Recollets which is between the hotel and the canal. This does not support much English and is French cuisine but was really, really good. Both are pricey for Americans due to the exchange rate but well worth a look. (Appetizer from 10E and Entre from 18E).
The canal is well worth taking a stroll along.
All in all a great hotel in a great location with easy links to anywhere in Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the first Holiday Inn hotel in Paris with its own high speed train station!The Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l Est hotel is conveniently located for your business and leisure stays in Paris, in front of the historical and newly renovated TGV East station of Paris, Gare de l Est with high speed trains to Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Basel, Zurich and Luxemburg. The Paris North Station, Gare du Nord, with its Thalys and Eurostar trains to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne and London is only a short walk or one metro stop away.The metro station Gare de l Est, with access stairs just a few steps away from the hotel entrance, and its three lines number 4, 5 and 7 quickly take you to the countless sights of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Champs ElysÃ©es, Louvre Museum, Disneyland Paris or the Stade de France stadium for football matches, concerts or the annual rugby six-nations-tournament.Shopping areas such as the Galeries Lafayette department stores, the Opera district, the Expo Villepinte and the Expo Porte de Versailles are also easily accessible.The Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l Est hotel features 200 contemporarily designed and fully air conditioned, soundproof rooms, including executive rooms and suites.The five meeting rooms, all with natural daylight can cater for various events and meetings for up to 70 persons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Paris-Gare De l`Est Hotel Paris
- Paris Holiday Inn