Very good location on a quiet side street which is well located in an area with a great shopping mall, restaurants, patesseries, etc. There is an ATM machine close at the HSBC bank in the square close by. We felt reasonably safe even after dark as Place d Italie square is well lit with lots of locals and tourists around.
Very busy area yet the Mercure hotel is quiet and beds are comfy and clean with no ugly dirty bedspreads. Bathrooms have tub and modern shower. Clean again.
Staff were all friendly and knowledgeable. Sophie in particular was a total sweetheart willing to help all she could when my daughters purse was stolen on the metro at Denfort Rochereau station when we were on our way to the hotel. It was during morning rush around 9 am. Thank goodness Sophie was on and guided us to the local police station (closeby)and called the embassy for us. She was fantastic and helped to restore our faith in fellow humans at that point!
Be wary of young teenage girls who work in pairs. One pushes you and as you're stumbling to get on the metro train, another beside you grabs your purse. It happens so fast that the doors close and before you know it they jump off the train and are gone. By the time you can react, the train is moving. The police told us that it is a common, slick move that they are very adept and practised at. Forget the purse for valuables...use a waist wallet for passport, money and credit cards. Replacing a passport is very expensive and time consuming.
On a lighter note, our breakfast was included at the hotel and we only expected some fruit and croissants but were pleasantly surprised with eggs, bacon, sausage, cold cuts, yogurt, fruit (fresh, dried & preserved) pastries, breads, pancakes, etc. Coffee was delicious with hot milk, but there were several choices of morning joe available.
We would most definitely stay there again. Can't wait to return next year and will recommend to family and friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Benefiting from direct access to the Gare du Nord, Lyon and Montparnasse railway stations, the Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie reveals a well preserved setting between the garden terrace and the view of the Eiffel Tower. Two steps from the Place d'Italie Metro hub, relax in a designer room with a serene and peaceful atmosphere. In the quietness of the private garden, relax during your business trip or at the end of the day of cultural visits. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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