My husband and I recently visited Paris for the first time and chose to say at the Hilton in La Defense. Overall we were happy with our stay here, and would consider staying there if we ever return but there were definitely some "pros" and "cons" to this hotel.
Hotel/Location: As other reviewers have mentioned, the hotel is located in the CNIT building which consists of several shops and restaurants (there is a full mall across the street) and is located more in the business district of Paris than anything. While this meant we weren't within walking distance of the major “sites” or historic areas it worked out surprisingly well since both the Metro and the RER trains could be accessed right from the CNIT building (i.e. no need to even go outside). This proved to be extremely convenient as we could reach anywhere in Paris within minutes.
Since the hotel is not its’ own properly there wasn't much to it in terms of common areas. The lobby was fairly plain and led directly into the hotel bar and restaurant. There were a few computers tucked into cubbies along the wall but no actual business center. Overall it was relatively clean but very sterile.
Room: Our room was ok but certainly not the best we’ve seen from a Hilton – it was a decent size with a large desk area and plenty of room to store our luggage. The bathroom was large with a shower stall and a separate jetted tub, but it wasn’t as updated or clean as the rest of the room which was a little disappointing. No real complaints though and we didn’t hear any noise from our neighbors or the hall.
Service: The staff here was fine but there wasn’t anyone that really stood out. We didn’t have an real issues either so no real complaints here. I was a bit surprised that the majority of the staff did not speak English very well especially since the hotel clearly catered to business travelers, but that was more of an observation than anything.
Food: We had the breakfast buffet every morning at the hotel (it was included in our room rate). It was pretty good with a fair number of options, though it was the same offering every day. The staff was friendly enough but it was a struggle to get coffee every morning. We also had dinner at the bar in the lobby our first night there (easy option since we were exhausted from traveling all day) and it was fine. A bit overpriced but that was to be expected.
Gym: The gym was more than adequate with several treadmills and different types of ellipticals as well as a good selection of free weights and a cable machine. It was a good sized area as well and didn't feel like an afterthought as many hotel gyms do.
I would certainly recommend this hotel, but don’t expected to be ‘wowed’ while staying here.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Paris La Defense Hotel La Defense
- Hilton International Paris
- Paris Hilton