.... that is not a problem for those willing and able to use the Metro. My wife and I recently travelled with an organised group for a weekend break in Paris (by Eurostar, three night stay and with a coach to take us around Paris/Verseilles/Montmartre), all for £289!) and we have to say that we were a little apprehensive about the location of this hotel when we looked at a map. Fear not, for the Espanade de La Defense Metro Ligne 1 station is just a five minute or so walk from the hotel. From there, it takes around 20 minutes to reach Palais Royal/Musee de Louvre station in central Paris and five minutes more to Chatelet (for Notre Dame/Latin Quarter area). Simples! En route, the Metro stops at Charles de Gaulle Etoile which is perhaps better known to visitors as the Arc de Triomph and is handy for the restaurants/cafes in Ave des Champs Elysees. The incredibly busy traffic island that the Arc sits on is accessible by subways from pavements/sidewalks but not direct from the Metro.
As for the hotel itself, it was spotlessly clean and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was more Travel Lodge/Premier Inn than a 4*, but hey you can't have it all and who stays in there for long anyway? Despite facing a busy dual-carriageway (and able to see the Seine) the double-glazing was so good that we didn't hear a thing. The buffet style breakfast was good with a wide selection and thanks to the lovely weather we able to eat al-fresco. We are unable to comment on other hotel meals as we opted to go into central Paris for dinner. (had the best steak ever at the reasonably priced Brasserie Les Deux, Bd du Paris).
The La Defense area is the Paris equivalent of London's Docklands with many very modern - and some architecturally very interesting - high rise office blocks (none being allowed in central Paris), the hotel being on the south-east fringe of this, on the Paris city side so the tower blocks don't impede seeing the city from a distance. Indeed, the Eiffel Tower can be seen at night from outside the hotel.
One tip; if you fancy a walk but not in the office block area then just go halfway across Pont de Neuilly, next to the hotel, where you will find some steps which lead down to an island in the Seine. Here you will find a tranquil (traffic noise being barely audible as the road runs around 20 feet above), wooded area to walk around or sit and contemplate as we did before leaving the area a little later for the Gare du Nord and St Pancras International. The island is a popular place for office workers to relax and eat their lunch. There is a fenced off area behind which were bee hives in a natural setting but there was no need to worry as we didn't see a single bee! Pictures are attached.
So, to summarise, the IBIS at La Defense may not be centrally located but that doesn't really matter as it is ideal as a base away from the mayhem that can be central Paris.
Graham & Linda (Ipswich, UK)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Paris La Défense Centre hotel is located in the heart of Paris' La Défense area, not far from the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Porte Maillot convention center, and is close to the CNIT and the Grande Arche. The Esplanade de la Défense metro station lies opposite, providing access to the Eiffel Tower in just ten minutes. The hotel offers 286 renovated, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access. ... more less
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