We stayed here our first night in Paris, using Points, before moving to our final destination. We arrived at about noon. My friend's plane arrived before mine and she had a 50-lb suitcase, so she took a taxi from CDG, which cost 60 euros ($80). I had studied up on public transportation options and had one suitcase that was just one size up from carry-on. I took the train (RER) into the city, and transferred (for no additional cost) to the metro. I popped out at the Riquet station and asked a woman, "Ou se trouve la canal?" She got me oriented, and I rolled my suitcase 0.15 mile (according to Geodistance.com) to the canal, and spied the hotel a block up. (I had looked at pictures before leaving the U.S. so I would recognize it.) Total cost: about $10.
The front desk staff at the Holiday Inn Express speak excellent English (I noticed one young man's American accent -- he is from Guam), but they humored me while I delivered the little French speech I had rehearsed on the plane over ("I know it is not 2 o'clock. I want to take a walk. Will you permit me to leave the suitcase?").
Keep in mind that this is a "green" hotel. You need to activate the lights in the room with your keycard (the slot is on the wall just inside the door), so that you don't leave lights a-blazing when you leave the room. As noted by another TripAdvisor, the corridors are dim, also, I assume, to save energy.
The elevators are glass, and children will get a kick out of that. Heck, we got a kick out of it, and we're middle-aged!
I did not heed the advice of another TripAdvisor to arrange a wake-up call, and I slept until 10:30 a.m. I leapt up, woke up my friend, and we hustled down to breakfast, which ends at 11 a.m. No other traveler was there, and I made my apologies to the staff the only way I knew, by saying, "Dormir!" and they seemed to catch my meaning. You can conclude that any or all of the following are true: a) we had been tired b) the beds are comfortable c) the hotel is quiet. We then dashed back upstairs to shower and pack and get out by the noon check-out, giving the same explanation to the front desk ("Dormir!"). They called a taxi for us. Another TripAdvisor had given a heads-up that taxis turn on their meters when they get the call, before they arrive to pick you up, and indeed the meter already showed 8 euros when we got in. It was 23 euros by the time we got to our next hotel, near the Louvre. (If my friend had not had a heavy suitcase, we could have taken the metro to our next hotel, for 1.75 euros each.)
An aside: Every day for a week we took the metro and walked. All of the Parisians of whom we asked directions were helpful.The only grouchy Parisian I met was the one and only taxi driver I had to deal with. Advice: Pack light and take the metro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the tranquil waterside setting of the Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette hotel,just 10 minutes by metro from the heart of the city.A striking wood-clad eco-hotel, Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette is proud of its green credentials, solar roof panel & recycling programme. At 23 sq mt, the Guest rooms give you plenty of space to stretch out & relax.The hotel is 30 minutes by train from Charles de Gaulle Airport.And with Riquet metro station just 2 minutes away,it's easy to explore central Paris which is only a 10 minute metro ride from your peaceful waterfront base.Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette is next to Parc de la Villette,a futuristic activity park with gleaming metal sculptures in flower-filled gardens.Relax on the grass listening to live music,or keep the kids entertained with a visit to the Science Museum & screenings of 3D movies.Ask our friendly 24-hr Front Desk staff to suggest their favourite local attractions.Choose the largest of our 7 meeting rooms,with impressive views of the Canal, to host up to 150 delegates. All of our flexible meeting spaces are equipped with wireless Internet. Let us know if you'd like coffee breaks,printing or copying arranged.Unwind with a chilled glass of wine or champagne on the sunny terrace of Bar 68.Then head out for dinner in a typical Parisian brasserie.Our staff are happy to help with recommendations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal De La Villette Hotel Paris
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