I spent three nights at the Mercure as part of a student travel group. The hotel impresses with the inner atrium which is the height of the entire hotel. Plants (real and artificial) soften the concrete and tile of the walls. Sitting in the bar or the restaurant with the light streaming in is a very pleasant experience.
The reception staff were very helpful and kind, and took the few concerns I had about my stay very seriously. The first room I was given did not have a working safe and the flushing capacity of the toilet seemed ... er ... less powerful than might be needed. The manager overheard my concerns, came over and introduced herself and apologized profusely. I was immediately given a room on another floor which was wonderfully secluded. It was on a floor where guests were allowed to smoke in the room, but it didn't bother me. The batteries in the room safe were dead, but someone came along and changed them almost immediately.
The room was spacious and the bed comfortable. There was a small bar fridge with a complimentary bottle of Evian. The bathroom was huge. I don't quite understand how hotels think that a 4' wide piece of plate glass is sufficient to stop water from leaking everywhere when taking a shower, even if you don't leave the water running continuously while showering. Also, getting in and out of the tub was a bit tricky as it seemed quite elevated from the bathroom floor. But I shall work on my showering skills and my balance.
The decor of the rooms is a bit tired and it's obvious that this is one of the older properties in the Mercure chain. Its proximity to the Porte de Versailles fairgrounds probably makes this a hotel which has been well-frequented. The carpets in the rooms look a bit frayed around the edges, and there are cracked tiles in the bathrooms. Nevertheless the room was very clean and the attitude of the staff more than compensates for the age of the hotel.
I overslept one morning because I forgot to request a wake up call. By the time I went downstairs, the breakfast provided for the group had already been cleared away. I went to the hotel restaurant and had the buffet provided for regular guests, fully expecting to pay for it. At the end of the meal I asked the manageress for the bill, and she smiled and said that it was compliments of the hotel. The breakfast provided the next day for the group was almost as varied and high quality as my meal the previous morning.
If you're relying on public transit, be prepared for an uphill hike from the Porte de Versailles metro station. The avenue you walk up is bordered on one side by the high wall of the trade fair site and on the other by apartment buildings, some of which have restaurants or cafes on the ground floor. A tram line runs down the middle of the street. I didn't feel unsafe walking back to the hotel late at night, but if you're a female travelling on her own, you might want to consider this before booking a room.
- Also Known As:
- Mercure Paris Porte De Versailles Expo Hotel Vanves
- Mercure Paris Porte De Versailles Expo Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 3 star hotel offers 388 rooms, including 4 suites and 46 Privilege rooms, as well as a restaurant, a bar, meeting rooms for training days or seminars and a 400 vehicle car park. Located just behind Hall 7 of the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, just 8 minutes walk from the main hall and a metro station. Good public transport links with the centre of Paris less than 30 minutes away by tram, bus or metro. Orly and CDG airports are 15 and 35 km away respectively. ... more less
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