The hotel is very close to Gare de Nord, which is really convenient if you are arriving by the Eurostar and have a lot of luggage. The room is very small but has a good shower bath and toilet. It was very clean but hot and stuffy with no air conditioning or fan. If you open the doors to the balcony it is very noisy with street traffic, sirens and lots of shouting.
If you visited during the cooler months this would not be a problem at all. There is also no fridge or tea making facilities in the room. The girls at reception are really nice and friendly and gave us written instructions on how to get to the hop on hop off bus stop. The man is quite rude and unfriendly and not helpful at all. If you are only after a small breakfast of orange juice, croissant and coffee, suggest you go to the little cafes across from the post office next to the Gare de Nord for about 5.5 euros. The area appears a bit seedy with 90 percent of the shops selling wedding outfits. So take the metro if you want to shop. To use the hop on hop off buses, catch the metro train at Gair du Nord, platform 4, to St Michel where all the HOHO buses stop at Notre Dame. It only costs 1.7 euro. We were nervous going into shops as we do not speak French, but found that everyone speaks enough English for you to order a meal in the cafes and restaurants. We only paid 80 euro a night for this hotel through Whatif so in our case it was value for money. For the normal price of 245 euro, I would expect a little more, at least air conditioning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avalon Hotel is a favourite with guests who believe that friendly service, comfort and a central location make for an enjoyable stay in the City of Light. Located three minutes walking from Gare du Nord, International Train Station, this allow direct access by Eurostar, Thalys and from Roissy Airport. Near to Sacre Coeur or Canal Saint-Martin, less than ten minutes by walk. Galerie Lafayette, Republique, Opera, Pigalle and Moulin Rouge are at twenty minutes walking or twelve by Metro ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De Londres Et Danvers