Just returned from 5 day stay at this place. The location is excellent - 5 to 10 minutes straight walk from Gare de Lyon or a 2 minute walk from the Metro. The yellow metro line 1 runs directly to all of the major tourist attractions and our one day pass enabled us to hop on hop off when we wanted to. The area of the hotel is very safe to walk around and we were able to walk down to the Bastille comfortably. We also one evening walked back from Notre Dame as the evening was so pleasant.
Opposite the hotel is a mini-market which stocked everything we needed for our stay, there are a couple of excellent boulangeries - one at the end of the street as you turn left, and one as you turn right at Rue Diderot. There are plenty of restaurants on the Rue Diderot and also around the Bastille area all within walking distance.
Our studio on the first floor at the front of the hotel was too hot for us (even at the end of December) and we asked to be moved to the top floor at the back of the building where we could sleep with the windows wide open. This was not a problem for the staff and they were more than helpful.
Having toyed with the idea of an apartment - I was glad that we opted for the studio at a far less cost and this was more than adequate. Our bedroom was a large room with tv and table and chairs and an en-suite bathroom, the kitchen area, toilet and wardrobes were seperate as you entered the studio with a door to close the bedroom off.
The kitchen was well equipped with microwave toaster cooking utensils fridge dishwasher and all utensils including kettle. The bed was so comfy we have returned to the UK and are looking for a similar one - very very firm, lovely duvet, sheets and pillows.
All in all the hotel was exactly what we wanted - we could get up at our leisure and make breakfast in our room without having to rush around and try and get to breakfast within a certain time. There were no maids knocking our doors in the morning and nobody running up and down the corridors backwards and forwards to their rooms which we always tend to find in hotels.
The staff spoke excellent english and were very courteous, the safe in our room - which was free and an added bonus - locked out one day and the staff couldnt do enough to ensure that they got it open for us.
I wouldnt hesitate in stopping here again - next time we will drive and I understand we can park in the garage for 20 euros a day.
We flew Air France and picked up the bus outside CDG which dropped us outside the Gare de Lyon, the bus leaves every 15mins and 45mins to the hour. 17 euros each - one way -worked out a lot cheaper than a taxi.
We had a final meal at the Train Bleu in the Gare De Lyon - blew 200 euros but well worth it for the experience - decent wine a dozen oysters fresh grilled fish and hand made macaroons. Im sure there are better restaurants offering exquisite dishes less expensively however this was walking distance, a great ambience, and pure indulgence!
Our only fall into the tourist trap was to visit the Sacre Cour which was breathtaking at night and to be talked into having our portraits drawn by the artists in the square. We said we didnt want our pictures drawn and the artists ignored us - started chatting away in English and before we knew it the pictures we drawn. We were then charged 60 euros each (!) we said we didnt have enough cash and the artists asked the manager of the restuarant where we were eating to take our credit card payment and give them the cash. What the heck it was Christmas Eve - but be warned !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apart'hotel Citadines Bastille Gare de Lyon Paris plunges you into the very heart of the French capital's 12th district. Explore the many artisanal boutiques in the narrow streets off the main boulevards, or enjoy an extravagant night at the Bastille Opéra. Your serviced apartments hotel is ideally situated between Place de la Bastille and Place de la Nation, adjacent to the famous Saint Antoine university hospital. The spacious and practical serviced apartments are located in a building in a residential street, next to Reuilly-Diderot metro station and 10 minutes from the Gare de Lyon train station. Disneyland Paris is also directly accessible via public transport using the RER A rail line from Place de la Nation. Our reception is open 24/7, and our serviced apartments hotel also has a private car park (charges apply)., Whether you are staying in Paris for just one night or for several weeks, you are sure to find these serviced apartments ideal. The Bastille-Gare-de-Lyon district offers something to suit every taste. Start your day with a stroll around the Cour St-Émilion where shops and bars now fill Paris's former wine-merchants' quarters. Particularly loved by the regulars, Aligre Market is the place to go to discover a simultaneously colourful, exotic and traditional Paris. Enjoy a breath of fresh air strolling along the paths of Parc de Bercy public park, or along the Coulée Verte, a former railway that's been reborn as a green promenade. For an evening out, you have the choice of enjoying classical melodies at the Paris Opera, or a rather more rock'n'roll atmosphere at a concert at Bercy Arena. In the Apart'hotel Bastille Gare de Lyon Paris you'll find fully equipped serviced apartments decorated in a warm and welcoming style. From studios for one or two people to apartments for up to six occupants, all our serviced apartments also come complete with complementary WiFi. Weekly housekeeping is provided free of charge and guests can choose from a range of à la carte services that include meal delivery, babysitting and car rentals. And whether you are on holiday or a business trip, take advantage of the private garden for a relaxing break. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citadines Paris Bastille Gare De Lyon Hotel Paris
- Citadines Hotel Paris