The location of this hotel is very close to Gare du Nord and del'Est with national and international trains as well as metro lines stopping there. If you arrive at CDG airport and use the RER traing to town, Gare du Nord will be on this line. Only about 5 more mins with RER to Les Halles, 20 mins for walking to Sacre Coer. We chose this place, as it was much less expensive than the Mercure Gare Du Nord Terminus, which is opposite the station Gare Du Nord at a much higher price point.
Booking went ok through HRS. I called in a few days prior to have my reservation confirmed, which has been answered very friendly. Also on arrival there was a very friendly welcome and quick check-in, which is not always customary in France nor in Paris. The hotel is not large. I had a room to the main street on third floor. Of course this is noisy during the day with the street and also the arrival and departure of trains at Gare del'Est station opposite the street. However at night when closing the windows, it was relatively quiet and good for a comfortable sleep.
Unless other reviewers I didn't feel unsafe in the streets at night or a "Ghetto" style. This is a very typical Paris neighborhood and relatively safe. Of course it is not Munich nor Hamburg.
One evening I took a hike to Sacre Coer in about 20 minutes or so and kept walking until I reached the famous Moulin Rouge after another 20 mins or so.
Compared to other places in Paris, the room was not too small at all. It was well appointed, nicely renovated. The only thing was the shower was missing a curtain or door, so some water spilled on the bathroom floor. You'd better take a short shower only.
Breakfast in the ground floor of the hotel was quite good, not too busy, had a large selection of items (muesli, boiled and scrambled eggs, healthy food, pastries, rolls) and a nice atmoshpere. At 14 € not quite cheap, but OK for what you get, and a good breakfast is a solid start for a long day at an exhibition. Other members of our team got much less breakfast at the station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mercure Paris Gare du Nord La Fayette hotel is ideally located close to the subway and the Gare du Nord station, where you can take the Thalys, Eurostar or TGV train to northern Europe. The hotel has been completely refurbished. Facilities include: 48rooms including 1 suite with terrace, a breakfast room and bar lounge, as well as 2 meeting rooms. The department stores and Montmartre are just a 15 minute walk along the Rue La Fayette ... more less
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