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“Nice hotel in a strange area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alliance Hotel Paris Porte Saint Ouen

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Alliance Hotel Paris Porte Saint Ouen
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rue de la Fontaine 9, 93400 Saint Ouen, France (Formerly Holiday Inn Garden Court Paris Porte de Saint Ouen)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Saint Ouen
Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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“Nice hotel in a strange area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

Paris is always a night mare but this hotel tucked away in a side street just off a main road was an oasis.
Parking always a premium in a major city non more so than Paris is easy with out door parking behind gates or for a little extra in the underground carpark . Both have large spaces for modern cars.
The actual rooms were very clean and well appointed with kettle etc .
Meals were good and the bar was great . one thing to note is that the resteraunt is closed in the evening at weekends.
If your looking for a down side to this hotel it can only be the area. its surrounded with kebab shops and its not that close to a tourist site.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Ok, so again, a Garden Court Hotel. For me this was the second one on my French extravaganza. Let it be said, this is NOT in the city of Paris, in fact it's miles away, however the station is very close, so no problems there, however I would have liked to have been a bit more in the city, however that's just a me thing.

Saint Ouen is a pretty wild place, a University Town, but can I say the fresh food market is stunning. The food was OMG wow, and quite reasonable. The bakeries are also excellent in the area.

Is it safe? Is Paris safe, well, I'm a big bloke, but yes I felt a little scared in this area. It's not the most welcoming of Areas. I think there are definitely better areas in Paris to stay.

It's about 30 mins from the airport and I guess about the same from the city centre of Paris.

Staff were friendly enough, though inconsistent. I found it difficult to get them to confirm my airport transfer.

Biggest downfall was that this hotel had a lot of tour series. Now I was only there for two days and there was a big one from with China or Japan and one from Australia that checked in. It just meant that lobby was noisy, always crowded (and it's tiny) and there was a big bus out the front.

I also couldn't early check in, understandable and my fault, but it would have made things better.

anyway. all in all, not bad, rooms small, which is expected. I just found the whole thing a bit lethargic, staff, hotel, area etc

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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Bransgore, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Stayed hre for a weekend on my own.

Good Points
St Ouen Metro is 400m away, line 13 straight down to Champs Elysee, or change to 2 for Pigalles and Montmartre / Anvers.
Rooms are clean and tidy.
Concierge service 24/7
Many nationalities staying as popular with coach trips.
conveniently placed on Blvd Peripherique.

Bad Points:
Coach Parties were dominating the place with difficulty getting breakfast due to numbers.
Bar closes at 11! What!
Area is a bit rundown with a few north african bars round and about. Not worthy of a visit.
between hotel and metro yuo will have to walk past Roma, drunks, junkies and prostitutes.
There is no threat, or begging, just street people and poverty.
Beyond the metro it get progressively better.

Summary:
It cost me 85 Euros a night and it was only 1400 metres from the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre.
Musee d'Orsay The Louvre, Tuilleries, only half hour away on the metro

That remains excellent value, much better than anything London could offer.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back face away from the BP and are quieter
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

The hotel is in the suburbs of Paris, 10 minutes walk from the nearest Metro station. There are few amenities in the area so you need to travel into the city for restaurants. I stayed 1 night and twice in the night the electricty cut off leaving the room in complete darkness. The power failue only affected the one floor of the hotel.

Room Tip: Be prepared to walk at kleast 10 minutes to reach the nearest Metro station.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fabriano
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

I come often in Paris for travelling and we have a budget that normally is not high for Paris. This took me in very bad hotels in the last periods but this time I found this pearl: good price in the budget, not far from the centre (I went by foot to Mointmatre) and anyway well connected to tube, silent even if near the Periferique.
The reception is pleasent, there's a small bar opened till ten and automatic distributors for any need in night. The rooms are really large according to parisienne standards, the bathroom a bit too small but clean. In teh room thers a good Plasma TV, free access to internet in WI-FI good quality, iron and hair dryer. It is missinga frigo bar.
Employess are handsome and available, a very good surprise

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

We stayed there for 2 nights on the 17th and 18th of August, nothing wrong with the hotel, enjoyed their eggs! The beds were a bit too soft, but hey you only spend a couple of hours a night in your room, too much to see in Paris and when you go with Trafalgar tours there is no time to sit in your room and look for something that might irritate you. Rooms were small but clean not a far way to travel to tourist attractions which is great! Breakfast was great and MJ mentioned the coffee was good. Felt safe in the hotel, cozy bar and have an icemachine at the front desk.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pleasanton, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

Hotel Name and Location: Holiday Inn Garden Court Porte De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France. http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/paris/parst/hoteldetail.

Stay Details: Stayed here July 4th-6th, 2011. Not a preferred location - out of the way, had to get to, not much around...but I needed a room in Paris.

How to get there: Hotel is reached by walking 3 blocks north from Porte De Saint-Ouen Metro station (#13 Line). To get to downtown Paris, you generally have to take #13 Line to Champs Elysees Clemanceau, then transfer to the #1 Line to the hub of Paris.

Eateries/Restaurants - There are some by the Porte De Saint-Ouen Metro station, but it's 3 blocks away. I went to downtown Paris.

Surrounding area: Hotel is in a dingy area, without many eateries around. It backs up to the Boulevard Peripherique, a fairly major highway encircling Paris. Be sure to ask for a hotel on the courtside, not the highway side. The walk from hotel to the Metro station is generally safe, but when I walked this road at 10:30 pm coming back from the Bastille, there were a gathering of unsavory characters in the woodsy area right next to the freeway. In the morning I saw that this is a homeless camp with tents and other structures.

Lobby - not much for a lobby - there is a small bar, but it's pretty small and not some place you would hang out.

Rooms - This was the surprise of the trip - after walking to the hotel I generally expected old beaten down rooms, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although the room was small (usual by Paris standards), it was efficiently organized to make use of the space. There was a small desk, a closet, a safe, and a bathroom that had updated features. All of this was a bit cramped, but for a single person it was more than sufficient. It would have been cramped for two people. The room was very quiet.

Internet access - wireless throughout the hotel for a 9.90 euro/day, payable directly to a credit card. You supply an email address and they send you login instructions. Good for 24 hours from the time you sign up.

Hotel Staff: I arrived at 10:30 am after a long flight from the US West Coast. Although my room was not ready, they made it available by 11:45 am. That was nice - they did not have to do that.

Other - It was July and around 84 degrees in Paris, and the AC unit worked adequately. I could not get the temperature down to my usual "meat locker" desired temp of 65-66 degress, but it kept it cool enough to sleep well. The shades closed off the room.

Room Tip: Ask for a couryard side room to avoid freeway noise.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Alliance Hotel Paris Porte Saint Ouen

Address: Rue de la Fontaine 9, 93400 Saint Ouen, France (Formerly Holiday Inn Garden Court Paris Porte de Saint Ouen)
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Seine-Saint-Denis > Saint Ouen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Saint Ouen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Alliance Hotel Paris Porte Saint Ouen 3*
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Holiday Inn Saint Ouen
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