On the face of it this hotel is very well located - and it is. It also has some very attractive room rates. We paid about 400 Euros for two rooms for 5 nights. Directly opposite the hotel (less than 5 minutes walk) is an indoor shopping centre with a good range of shops and restaurants including a Carrefour and an excellent "Paul" for a breakfast of cappuccino and escargot pastries.
Less than 10 minutes walk away, on the other side of and accessible from the shopping centre is an RER red line station (Noisy le Grand Mont d'Est). The station is half way between Disneyland and central Paris.
Disneyland is about a 20km on the A4 and Versailles is about 25km in the opposite direction. So it has all the makings of an ideal spot for a hotel. Unfortunately there are some downsides.
Staff were very helpful and efficient. There's a restaurant with an 8 Euro buffet breakfast (extra), room service and 24h bar. Rooms are small but clean with a TV with at least one English language channel. Views from the rear of the hotel (we were on the 9th floor) included the Eiffel Tower (a few miles distant).
Now the downsides. The hotel is so cheap it attracts bus tour groups who use it as a base, I assume, for visiting central Paris/Disney. So things can get busy. One morning there were 4 busloads leaving at the same time. We also experiences some late night disturbance from rowdy kids - although only once and it was resolved quickly.
The RER is well located but I was a bit concerned about returning late night since, once the shoppinc centre closes at around 8pm, you had to walk the long way around in an area that doesn't look too safe (although we didn't hear or see any direct evidence of problems). Although much of the area is modern and the shopping centre is well-
maintained, the surrounding area looks like the kind of 60s dereliction that's mostly disappeared in the UK (except the Taff Vale shopping precinct in Pontypridd). Theres also nearby social housing that's seen better days.
There was some indirect evidence in the shape of a burnt out car at the rear of the hotel which was relevant to the biggest problem at this location - parking.
There is no official on-street parking outside the hotel. You could park in a number of unofficial spots (about 10) which seemed OK. Otherwise you had two choices. You could park at the rear of the hotel in an area that looked like it should be a playing field and which was clearly not secure or safe.
Alternatively you had two choices. The all day underground car park for the Novotel at rates which went up to 11 Euros for 24hrs or the 5 Euro overnight parking for Ibis which reverted to 1 Euro per hour after 8am.
I have to say they worked OK and were well lit and convenient. However, the to-ing and fro-ing at 7:30 to shift the car into a street space and then back into the day park was a bit of a nuisance.
Also, the RER station is in Zone 4. Rover rail tickets for Paris come as Zone 1-3 for 8 Euros or Zone 1-6 for 18 Euros. It makes sense to get a return into Zone 3 (or the centre) and then buy a Paris Visite pass.
Overall, this would make a good low cost well located stopover if you don't mind parking hassles and can manage the walk through 60s dereliction to teh RER if the shopping centre is shut..
However, when you factor in the cost of nightly parking it may not offer better value for money than, say, staying a bit further out of town - like Bussy St Georges.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Marne La Vallée Noisy is located 20 minutes from the famous Disneyland(R) Paris and 25 minutes from Roissy Charles de Gaulle & Orly airports. Near the RER A from Paris and close to the A4 motorway. The hotel has 161 rooms equipped with air conditioning and free WiFi . A Courtepaille restaurant is open from 11h to 23h . In fine weather, bask beside the pisicine . Private parking , paying and secure is available . For family holidays , discover Dinseyland Paris, Eiffel tower & Accorhotels Bercy Arena located at 20 min from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Paris Marne La Vallee Noisy Hotel Noisy-Le-Grand
- Ibis Noisy Le Grand
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