Set your expectations low with this property and you'll be fine. Be realistic - you're staying at an airport hotel in a town that has a strip of a dozen lodging properties to accommodate delayed or early-morning travellers who (wisely) don't want the expense of a taxi from the city or the unreliability of the RER B train the morning of their departure.
Quick. Pleasant. Informative. Given map of the area and bus timetable with helpful hints on how best to go to/from CDG.
The lobby is basic but the age of the Mercure shows in the hallways. Dim yellowed lights. Filthy carpet. Depressing walk to your room. Elevators that bang and creak, and the dank smell of tobacco is everywhere (it's France, what do you expect?)
Basic. Window that opens. Fridge. The low-rise bed was well used. Not exactly comfortable but not painful, either. Thin blanket and sheets. Clean. Kettle and instant coffee/tea tray. Work table with one chair. TV. The room reeked of disinfectant that eventually dissipated after opening the window.
Spotless. Excellent hot water. Sufficient towels. Of course, the ubiquitous glass half-panel French shower door is still a mystery to me - water goes everywhere.
Free if you select the correct plan from the Orange WiFi network. Do not use the cable - there is a fee for the cable connection.
An iron and board (tiny) was brought to my room within 5 minutes of the request.
Not worth the EUR18. Buffet style but you can order cooked items. Wait staff circulates with coffee pots. Very attentive and friendly. But the food is basic - 2 types of cheese, 2 types of yogurt, croissants, toast, tinned fruit salad and 3 kinds of cereal (bulk.) Hot dishes are limited to fatty bacon, powered eggs (with absolutely no flavour) and dry pancakes. Avoid.
You book the Mercure knowing that you're staying in Roissy-en-France. You're near the airport but not at the airport. The bus goes every 20 minutes. From the hotel to CDG is fast but the travel time from CDG to the hotel depends on where you board the shuttle. From Roissypole, you'll stop first at the Air France Operations Center and then make the loop around the entire T2 complex, stopping at the train station (top floor) before finally heading out to the hotel. It seems to take forever.
Would I stay again? No. The Ibis at CDG Roissypole has a new wing and renovated rooms with hard wood floors, tiled bathrooms, updated decor and free WiFi. The hotel is on the CDGVAL line so it's convenient to all terminals. Several resonable (even cheap) dining options with decent food and super friendly staff. And it's at least 25% cheaper than the Mercure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just a 10 minute drive from Airport, this hotel provides a free airport/train TGV shuttle service. It also offers 24-hour front desk and free Internet Wireless access. The air conditioned guest rooms are equipped with a 42" TV (80 channels) and a tea and coffee maker. A buffet breakfast is available daily and the hotel's restaurant serves traditional French cuisine for lunch and dinner. Guests can dine on the outdoor terrace overlooking the landscaped garden. Bar Aero cafe is open until late and also has a snack menu. Room service 24/24. Airport is 2.5 Miles from Parc des Expositions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Paris Roissy Charles De Gaulle Hotel Roissy
- Mercure Roissy