I had business at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and as my wife hadn't been to Paris for a long, long time she decided to come with me. As I just couldn't face a long journey to CDG from central Paris, and back again, everyday for a week I chose to stay at the Ibis adjacent to Terminal 3, in a cluster of hotels that includes the Hilton and the Novotel.
I often choose to stay at Ibis hotels because I know exactly what I will get. The room is pretty much identical whether you are in Jakarta, Dubai, Mumbai or Paris CDG Airport. The hotel was ideally located for my business meetings in the building just across the bus station, and the train station to central Paris was even closer for my wife; with the Paris North Railway Station only a 19 Euro return train fare away.
The room was exactly as I had expected. It was clean and there was sufficient space to hang a week's worth of business shirts, my casual clothes and an overcoat on the clothes rack. The desk was big enough for me to do my work, and there were enough electrical power sockets to meet the needs of all my devices. I had brought a kettle and my favourite coffee mug from home so I didn't notice the lack of the refreshment facilities found in most hotel rooms these days, and with the window ajar and lower than seasonally temperatures my carton of milk didn't go 'off', even without a room fridge. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and helped me get over my 'jet lag'; and the TV has the volume limited so that I couldn't select excessive volume to annoy the neighbours.
I ate at both the restaurants in the hotel and enjoyed the convenience and atmosphere of the 'Pizza and Pasta' establishment. However, my recommendation to travelers who live or originate in Asia is to carry a small container of Paprika (or similar) with you when you visit, as even though the pizza crust was pretty reasonable the restaurant's 'chili oil' lacked enough punch to give the pizzas much taste.
On checking out I used the baggage room. This is well equipped with excellent automatic Baggage Lockers however the cost seemed a little out of line with the rest of the pricing in the hotel and I felt a little expensive.
The big annoyances were there, as they often are in Accor hotels. Our room keys needed re-validating almost daily. The staff smile and tell you that it is probably your fault because you put the key card to close to your mobile (cell) phone, but as it has happened to me in several of the group's hotels, and being a conspiracy theorist, I sometimes wonder whether it might be some strange hotel policy. The other annoyance was the repeated spurious alarms (fire or security?) from the vicinity of the Pizza restaurant.
If I ever have to stop over again at CDG would I stay at the same hotel? Definitely!! As hotels go it offers good value for money as long as you can book online a couple of weeks or so ahead and you take the lowest rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Ibis Paris CDG Airport! Located in the centre of Charles de Gaulles Airport, ibis Paris CDG Airport is ideally situated in terminal 3. Terminals 1 and 2 are also easy to access thanks to the CDG Val, a free shuttle by train, in 10 minutes. The proximity with RER station, give you the opportunity to join Paris Centre in 30 minutes. The hotel includes a 24-hour reception Our rooms, air-conditioned, can welcome from 1 to 5 people and feature a flat-screen TV with international channels, Wi-Fi access and a telephone. To begin the day, a breakfast "comme au marché" is available each morning, from 04:00 am to noon. For lunch or dinner, you can enjoy meals at the on-site French or Italian restaurants. Take-away options are also available until 01:00 am. To finish, you can relax with a drink at the bar "Rendez-vous". For your business trip, The Parc des Expositions Exhibition Centre can be reached in 10 minutes by public transport. Moreover the hotel is composed of 13 Conferences rooms and a free Web Corner with computers and printers. Private pay parking is also available on site. See you soon at Ibis Paris CDG Airport! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Paris Cdg Terminal Roissy Hotel Roissy
- Ibis Roissy