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“Close to the Gare de Lyon” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Helvetia
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   28 bis boulevard Diderot | 12 Arr., 75012 Paris, France (Reuilly)   |  
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Ranked #1,068 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
newcastle
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112 reviews 112 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Close to the Gare de Lyon”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We've stayed here a few times now. The lift is very small, one person and their luggage only, type of lift, but it works. The lift has a strange quirk....it stops between floors....which means that you come out and the very narrow landing means you have to either go up a few steps to the next floor, or go down a few steps to the floor below, which ever is the easiest! The rooms are not huge. But it is only about 100 metres from the Gare de Lyon, which we need to go to Milan. It is next to a few restaurants (one does a cheaper breakfast than the hotel) and opposite to a Franprix supermarket. (If you have a room in the front make sure you keep the windows closed, as the street traffic can be noisy!)

Room Tip: Rooms round the back are quieter
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Columbia, MD
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Everything cited in other reviews is accurate. We chose this for an overnight because of its nearness to the train station. The bed was comfy and the bathroom is large, but the hallways are ridiculously small as is the elevator. The staff was not as friendly or as knowledgable or helpful as other places I have stayed in France.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bangor, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The hotel was close to the station. The room was basic but clean and comfortable. The little Juliet balcony in the room was an added bonus! Staff were friendly and helpful and recommended places for us to go when asked. It was a nice bonus that we could keep our luggage at the hotel after check-out, until traveling on later that day. Perfect for a couple of days!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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117 reviews 117 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We spent 2 nights here before travelling to Geneva. Like most of the review had said, the rooms n alleys are small, but overall it's clean enough. The lift so small that could prolly fit a person with 2 suitcase at a time.

Since we spent most our time exploring the city, and catching an early train on third day. This hotel is good enough for our needs.

Good locations, supermarkets n eateries around corner plus quick access to transportation. A good choice for a short stay!

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Not sure how to rate this hotel as the price was pretty good for a major city, (although I did book a fair few months in advance) and the location was great for Gare de Lyon and all other transport links, Bus, Metro, RER etc We had to change rooms on arrival as our room door required a hefty shoulder barge to open so not sure how easy our exit would have been in the event of a fire, on the other hand the bathroom/toilet door didn't close at all. The "new" room was slightly better but nothing special. The narrow corridors, dark, gloomy stairs, very worn carpets and tiny lift didn't improve the overall experience. The free WiFi would have been great but signal was at best mostly insuficient and I ended up using 3G, so not looking forward to my next phone bill. Hotel offered German and English channels but unfortunately were either not installed on our TV or we couldn't find them!! The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms although pretty basic were ok and were cleaned daily, beds made and new towels etc. Good choice of restaurants within walking distance, also a late night shop/supermarket selling almost everything.

Room Tip: don't take room nr.319, possible fire hazard as door does not open easily
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Well located hotel, friendly staff, perfect for a couple of days in Paris, ideal if you have need to take a train from Gare de Lyon. Metro outside the door, clean, comfortable, not flashy but great. Thanks



  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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San Ramon, California
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

As everyone else has mentioned, very convenient to Gare de Lyon. The room I had was just large enough to get a suitcase either side of the bed, but I wouldn't recommend for more than 1 person. My laptop power cord was just long enough to reach from the desk to the one accessible power socket. But for one night, it was fine.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 28 bis boulevard Diderot | 12 Arr., 75012 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Reuilly
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Ranked #1,068 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Helvetia 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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