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“Great location for Gare de Lyon” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Palym
Ranked #541 of 1,816 Hotels in Paris
Seattle
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64 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great location for Gare de Lyon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

We spent our first night in Paris at Hotel Palym, as we just flew in from the USA and were headed to Avignon, via a train from Gare de Lyon. This hotel is very nice and a convenient location for the Metro, the trains at Gare de Lyon, and for getting to and from Paris from CDG Airpor. The rooms were clean, nicely appointed and quiet. The hotel is on a quiet street. The Wifi is FREE. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They were very forgiving of my French, which I just learned. This was my first opportunity to speak and hear French. There are good dining choices in the neighborhood, and a street market on Thursdays on Avenue Ledru-Rollin, just a couple of blocks away. We took an evening walk to the Seine River and around the neighborhood and felt very safe. I would definitely stay here again and I would recommend it if you are looking for a good place to stay at a good value, considering you are in Paris, which is very expensive.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

Situated two hundred meters from Gare de Lyon the hotel suited us perfectly as we had travelled from Vienna by train to Paris. We found the hotel staff to be friendly & helpful. Our room located on the 5th floor was rather small but clean & comfortable with a small balcony providing a view of the street & Gare de Lyon. There are many restaurants located just a short walk from the hotel & the local metro station is close by.
We stayed 3 days at the hotel. We had breakfast ( separate cost)) at the hotel the first morning which we found overpriced for the quality served, accordingly we found a local cafe for the following two breakfasts.

Room Tip: We found the sole elevator in the building to be very ,very slow so perhaps a room on one of the low...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Omaha, NE
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113 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was our first visit to Paris. This hotel is small however it is located next to a major train station and the area is perfect to get around Paris. Very friendly people. If you need internet, go around the corner to one of the small food shops.

Room Tip: Call ahead. Get a room on the 2nd or 3rd floor. Elevator is tiny so you'll have to take the spi...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Huskertraveler1
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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

I stayed at the Hotel Palym with several friends and thought it had a great location, just steps from the Gare de Lyon, and a quick walk or metro ride to prime locations. The room was clean, beds were comfortable and firm, and there were many cafes nearby where you could get breakfast (cheaper than the hotel). The staff at the front desk were helpful too. The only negative I had was that there is no shower curtain and the shower head is one of the hand held ones so the bathroom can get quite wet, though I guess this is typical of mid-level hotels in Europe.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michelle J
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

I Stayed at this hotel for one night. The room was very clean and the hotel is ideally situated for onward travel from Gare de Lyon which is just across the road. The receptionist was helpful and spoke very good English which made my life easier

I cannot comment on breakfast as my start was too early to be able to sample it.

The hotel was good value for money and I would definitely recommend it

Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Bangor, Maine
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280 reviews
173 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

Hardly a luxury hotel, of course, but I felt that Hotel Palym, where I spent three nights, deserved five stars nonetheless, because it represents exceptionally good value for Paris and its location is ideal, especially for the rail traveler. Five-minute walk to Gare de Lyon and its Metro station. Room very compact, but clean,recently renovated, and quiet (because it faced a courtyard, so no view). Friendly, English-speaking reception, strong wi-fi, and excellent house-keeping. Some have noted the small/slow elevator, but that wasn't a serious problem; and breakfast is worth the additional 8 Euro charge, if only because the nearby cafes charge as much for less. Very glad that Tripadvisor steered me to this place.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Newport, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stayed here for 1 night & I chose this hotel because of price & its accessability for the Gare De Lyon train station. We were catching a TGV to Zurich the following day.
This is a nice clean hotel with fair sized rooms down a side street off Boulevard Diderot. Taxi driver dropped us at the top of the road because it is not a thoroughfare onto the main road. The traffic noise is there but not directly outside the hotel so it did not keep us awake.
The carpet on the stairs is rather zany being like a cream & white stripe but no other worries & if you use the lift you will not see it. There are many shops, bars & restaurants nearby but it is very busy,as would expect being Paris & near to a main railway station. However, as in most major cities just be aware & keep your valuables safe.
We ate in a small restaurant that I would highly recommend that is about 10 - 15 minutes walk down Boulevard Diderot. It is called L' Aubergeade & is well worth a visit, the food is superb. I have reveiwed it seperately.
This is an excellent hotel if you are using the Gare De Lyon but I would certainly stay here if I visited Paris for longer because it is in such a good location with the metro within 5 minutes & you can walk to the River Seine in 10 minutes if you fancy a boat trip. All in all a very good hotel for the price that we paid..

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Palym
Address: 4 rue Emile Gilbert | 12th Arr., 75012 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Bercy / Nation , Reuilly
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#476 Family Hotel in Paris
#644 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Palym 2*
Number of rooms: 51
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