First, a word about the location. It's in a suburb called Puteaux which feels like a small French town, although is not that far from central Paris by public transport, and close to the business area of La Défense. There's a station very close by. It is also within 15 minutes walk of the fast train (RER) station of La Défense, but be warned that finding your way from there is quite difficult (harder than it looks from a map). If you do like me and arrive at La Défense station late at night and want to find your way to the hotel on foot, be prepared for a slightly surreal experience, wandering through a spooky deserted office area with futuristic skyscrapers, finding your way through a complicated set of roads and residential backstreets until you make it into Puteaux. Make sure you have a very detailed map with you, or a smartphone/GPS.
About the hotel itself: it's in an old and relatively charming building, but inside is clean, modern and comfortable and appears to be recently refurbished. I stayed for one night and my single room (4th floor, facing street) was small but adequate and finished in a minimalistic style (think concrete walls in the bathroom, unusual open bedroom/bathroom design, no doors on the cupboard). The room was clean and bed was comfortable but the wireless internet didn't work. I got slightly disturbed by a bit of noise on the road outside but nothing major. The walls between the rooms are not very thick, as you might expect for an old hotel.
Breakfast (€8) in the small area by reception was basic but adequate.
Would happily stay here again if I was in the area, assuming they fixed the wi-fi.
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria La Defense Puteaux