I actually stayed with this hotel back at the beginning of 2010 (think it was within the first days of February), but the website does not allow me to correctly indicate this. :) Anyways. I remember I just discovered it using hotelscombined.com (a website which is now much less inviting, messier and all in all more complicated/unattractive to use than back then... advancement of technology, eh). Even then, when prices were not astray like today - can you believe I paid for a single room here something like half/at most two-thirds the price present day and also 180 euro for the return Air France ticket, bought just a couple of weeks in advance (the three-day trip was on business purposes but entirely paid by myself)? -, Paris was, as it's been and ever going to be, an expensive destination (read with a lot of pricey, minuscule trash-holes ranked as local-atmosphere-unique-dwellings), so I was amazed to find something like this. Amazed and confused = a bit scared something was, in fact, terribly wrong (there were extremely few reviews of it at the time to use as a - relative - term of reference)... Well, it wasn't. Nothing was wrong. My single room (located at the second or third floor, can't say precisely right now) was pretty tiny, that's true (I spent so little time inside so it really didn't matter at all) - I mean it was an authentic 1-person one, not a single-use double -, but very, very clean, with a wardrobe and even a small desk, near the window. Same appreciation goes for the quite spacious bathroom... where I actually might have spent more of the time of my staying inside the hotel, except sleeping. :) Bed was comfortable, shower had good water pressure (two essential items to always check on, anywhere). Overall, at the time, it somehow reminded me of Ibis (a chain that I have only good memories of, both from several European countries and from Northern Africa), only maybe a bit smaller. I still remember the remarkable kindness of the hosts upon my arrival (granted, I had a letter and some other papers left at the reception by a higher-up in Paris... but I don't think this was the explanation), and also for the entire duration of my staying (t)here. I remember that the furniture and all other items did not have that dated, so instinctively unpleasant feel we all have experienced at least once... I also remember the heat inside the room = the hosts were not at all cheap, so it was more than enough - I had to open the windows several times. Note that it was winter. :) No snow, but just a couple of degrees above zero. The surroundings are great, at least to me. Especially in terms of real life scenery (though not extreme, as on Canal Saint Martin), of mundane (Carrefour) and exquisite food shopping (there is at least a charcuterie and special fromage shop right on the street, as you're going towards the metro station - I mean Notre Dame de Lorette, not Pigalle), also of restaurants/pubs, cultural and sightseeing hotspots/landmarks - some well known, some less known, just play the explorer. (I am the non-stop-walking kind of traveler, therefore besides the hours spent with business matters, I reached by foot a lot of usual & unusual destinations - I still recall a market that I loved, somewhere towards Gare de l'Est.) Surroundings are safe - or at least they were :) - even towards & around Pigalle. Even at 2 am. Right. Cannot tell anything about the breakfast, as I preferred to sleep later and eat outside. Bottom-line: if it was that nice three years and a half ago, when very, very few people knew about it, I can decently appreciate it's even better today. The hotel, that is. The rest have pretty much stayed the same. P.S.: On my more recent voyages to Paris, the hotel was always fully booked - the only reason I do not have fresher information (memories still are) to share.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The France Albion Hotel is superbly located for a Parisian visit. Metro line 12 crosses Paris from north to south, with the business areas of Paris - Porte de Versailles, Gare Saint Lazare, La Defense - on one side, and on the other side is Tourist Paris: Opera, Madeleine, Concorde, Musee d'Orsay, Jardins du Louvre, Champs Elysees… Sports enthusiasts are not forgotten: The Stade de France is 20 minutes with the RER B or D from North Station. The Parc des Princes is 40 minutes with line 9 (direct). In an ideal position less than 20 minutes from the main Paris stations: Gare du Nord by bus n° 43, line 7 for the Gare de l'Est, line 12 for Montparnasse and line 14 to the Madeleine for Gare de Lyon. The Paris airports are within easy reach: The Roissy bus from Opera or the RER from Gare du Nord will take you to Roissy / Charles de Gaulle, whilst for Orly, take the Air France Cars shuttle from Montparnasse on line 12, or the RER from Gare de Nord. We can also provide private airport shuttle transfer in either direction on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- France Albion Hotel
- France Albion Paris