The hotel is well located to Gare Austerlitz station and the Metro. The hotel itself has a small entrance that can easily be missed. The signage says Jardin des Plantes, not Libertel, and there is a row of bistros to the right of the hotel (including McDonalds), all with glass extensions at the front, the the hotel entrance is slightly recessed. The hotel has a small reception area, with maps and lots of brochures and newspapers. On check in, I was repeatedly and agressively told to 'just sign it", when I tried to read a disclaimer form that I was given that waives hotel responsibility for any theft. I asked if the hotel has a problem with theft and got no response. I was given a room on the third floor and then discovered that the elevator button for level 3 was covered in tape and not working. It was fixed 3 days later. The elevator comes out on the landings between each floor, so there are always some stairs to get to each floor. The room was small (room 311) and the shower leaves water on the floor. The room was nice and dark at night, but was a little bit noisy. It was easy to hear noise from the hallway and the next room. The room had free wifi. I think that its just for 4 hours of wifi, but it was enough for me. To the left of the hotel is a bookshop and a small supermarket that is open late (except Sunday), and further left is a nice bakery with good prices. There is a postoffice across the road with ATM machines both inside and outside. The hotel has a small luggage room on the lower floor. You go down one floor, push a button by the door and the receptionist activates the door and you put your bags in and out yourself. There is a security camera above the luggage room door that the reception uses to see who is coming in and out. This may not suit people with Laptop bags. The price was good compared to a lot of other hotels in Paris. The location is not as upmarket as other areas, but it was very handy to use the Metro and RER train line C that goes to lots of good spots such as the Eiffel Tower and Versailles, and very convenient to be able to grab drinks and snacks before heading out each day and when returning at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylish and refined, the Hotel Austerlitz Jardin des Plantes is located on the left bank, opposite the Gare d'Austerlitz, beside the Jardin des Plantes and the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum). It is close to the Gare de Lyon and the Palais Omnisports de Bercy (sports arena) and not far from the Cite de la Mode et du Design (Fashion and Design Centre ), the new Paris Seine Rive Gauche district, Notre Dame and the quartier Latin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Libertel Austerlitz Jardin Des Plantes Hotel Paris