We stayed at the Fraser Suites Harmonie La Defense from December 31, 2012 to January 5, 2013. Unfortunately, we came here right after staying at the Athenaeum Hotel in London. Quite a contrast. But, even though the Fraser was not cheap by any calculation, it was nowhere near the cost of the Athenaeum. It remains true that you get what you pay for.
We wanted a place where we could all be in the same suite or apartment, rather than have the kids (ages 11 and 17) in a separate room. Since we were booking a bit late, we didn't have as many alternatives and choices as I would have liked. Anyway, we ended up here.
The suite was really an apartment. Quite large: two full separate bedrooms, an adequately equipped kitchen, one bathroom with separate W.C., and a large sitting room. Generously large. But, it's a bit dated and just not sparkling clean, by any means. It wasn't dirty. But, it wouldn't get the highest rating for maintenance. The balcony, for example, was just not cleaned at all. There was only one television in the apartment, in the sitting room, and it was comparatively smaller and older. The beds and the linens were clean and comfortable but the bedrooms were pretty small for the size of the double beds. Closet space was surprisingly limited, considering the size of the suite. We ended up with our bags on the floor of the bedrooms, stepping over them.
The location is definitely not a good one for either getting a taste of Paris or for sightseeing. The Fraser is located in the La Defense business center. Very sterile. Not a place to stroll around at night and drop into a cafe. More like Starbucks, which is there, of course. One very good thing, however, is that the Fraser is located about one minute's walk to a large Metro station that runs straight down to the Champs Elysees. Still, to get anywhere at all, you are going to have to take the Metro, the bus, or a taxi.
The staff were all very nice and very friendly and very helpful. Nice folks, every one of them. They also serve a breakfast that looked pretty extensive, though I never tried it. It's not included in the price of the room and, as I recall, it was pretty expensive.
If I were moving my family to Paris and needed a place to stay with the family, with a kitchen, etc., I'd consider the Fraser. But I won't be back and I can't recommend it for a family sightseeing in Paris, even one, like ours, which has been to Paris many times.
- Also Known As:
- Fraser Suites Harmonie La Defense Hotel Courbevoie
- Fraser Suites Harmonie La Defense Hotel
- Fraser Hotel Courbevoie
- Fraser Hotel Harmonie La Defense
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located at the entrance of the business district of the La Défense, the residence Fraser Suites Harmonie is 50 meters away from the subway station Esplanade de La Défense and will allow you to reach directly the tourist attractions of the capital. You will join Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe in 10 minutes only.Our 134 comfortable and spacious Suites have a contemporary design and include all a completely equipped privative kitchen.Going from 38 to 70m ², most of the suites have a balcony offering a view on the Esplanade or the Seine. Whether it is for one night, several weeks or several months, our 134 suites associate perfectly the services of a hotel with the comfort of completely furnished apartments. ... more less
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