Booked with Euro star and chose the hotel based on reviews from Tripadvisor.
It's within walking distance of the Gare du Nord, and also from another merto station - Jacques Bonsergent. There's a bakery by this metro station, with a good selection of sandwiches etc, if you fancy doing lunch on the go. It's a much cheaper option than some of the cafes around the tourist attractions.
The hotel room was basic and very clean, daily room service, clean towels, recently refurbished bathroom, excellent shower, selection of shower gel, shampoo and soaps, replaced when we used them, hairdryer, T.V but no tea and coffee making things, the room was on the ground floor but considering the proximity to a very busy road, there was no noise at night to keep you awake. Safety deposit boxs available, 4 euros daily.
Marione deserves a special mention, her English and local knowledge is excellent and she was very helpful when it came to sorting out Metro tickets, do take her advice and buy for Zones 1 and 2 6.60 euros a day, and if you are travelling further afield, Versailles or Disney, then get tickets that cover Zone 3. All of the other staff (24 hour reception) were also helpful and very polite, nothing was too much trouble.
You can only buy tickets for the metro with a card or from the self service machine at the nearer Jacques Bonsergent station. If you buy several days ticket at the same time don't mix them up.
We didn't have breakfast at the Hotel but chose to eat on the go, so cannot help with that. I think it was an extra 6 or 7 Euros.
Hotel is in a great place to access popular tourist attractions and the metro at Gare de L'Est will take you to pretty much anywhere in the city.
We would look at using this Hotel again: on a city break we look for the location, cleanliness of the hotel and safety of the area, we found all with the Est Hotel.
We did find a well stocked supermarket, turn right when you come out of the hotel, it's on the next block.
There is also a really good selection of bars, cafes and resteraunts to eat at, we chose the cafe le bistro, turn right from the hotel, opposite side of the road to the hotel and about 2 blocks down.
Really nice staff, the menu is also in English and we can recommend the fish and spinach lasagne, the meat lasagne and the traditional beef steak. We had breakfast there too. It seems like all the eateriers are expensive but we thought it was comparable to others in the area and we liked the atmosphere. Samual and Mathieu and the two ladies serving during the day were friendly, helpful and pleasant. Service was good, the food was hot and well presented and a lot of French locals used the place when we were there which is usually a good thing.
If you fancy a stroll, the Place de la Republic is about 15 mins in one direction, turn right from the hotel, and the Marais and Beaubourg districts are within easy reach from there. And Montmartre is about 20 mins walk, turn left from the hotel. Do take care with those who are selling gifts on the street, there can be a lot of them about and they can be persistant. We found that where there were security staff around and police, you didn't get bothered, but that isn't the case at all the popular tourist attraction.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering a warm and friendly welcome, Est Hotel is a convenient choice for a short break in Paris equally for business and leisure travellers. Est Hotel Paris is well located next to the railways stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de L'Est. It is also very close to the Grand Boulevards and few minutes away from the famous shopping centre of Les Halles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paris Est Hotel
- Hotel Est Paris