This hotel deserves better reviews than it's been getting. Some of the comments are the exact opposite of what we found. We spent five nights here.
The hotel is located close to the Periferique, but we detected little noise from it either inside, or outside, the hotel. It's in a small non-residential street. The area to the north, heading towards the Garibaldi metro (about 500m), is mainly retail and has a significant North African population. The area to the south, heading towards the St Ouen metro (about 400m) is part retail, part residential, and more mixed. It's not the best of areas, but we happily walked these streets in the day and late at night without feeling unsafe. There are generally quite a lot of people about at night, which is preferable to deserted streets. Anywhere in a large city is unsafe if you don't take simple precautions. Know where you are going, don't display wealth, and don't get distracted.
The hotel itself is smartly presented, and the cleaners seem to work hard in keeping the common areas up to scratch. The only area where some refurbishment is needed: the stairs (if you choose not to use the lifts), where the carpet is a bit threadbare. The reception staff were friendly and helpful, and quickly and happily moved to English when my French failed any particular situation. They always met us with a smile and a greeting, which seemed very genuine. The hotel will hold left luggage for you, if you have a late flight.
The breakfast was excellent, but of course is the same each day. Hot: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and fried potato. Cold: fruit cocktail, yoghurt, cheeses, meats, croissants (plain and chocolate), breads, hard boiled egg, etc. The coffee quite good. Even on the fifth day it still provided enough variety. A kettle, with tea and coffee, is provided in the room (but no milk, however there is Lidl store less than 200m to the north).
The only significant detraction is the size of the rooms. They are small, especially if you have a child's bed added, as we did. Still, we didn't book this hotel to stay in our room, so it wasn't a serious problem. The room and bathroom were in good order, and were very clean. Beds reasonably comfortable.
We would happily book this hotel again, depending on the offer available. We booked through ASDA travel.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Garden Court Paris Porte De Saint Ouen Hotel Saint Ouen
- Holiday Inn Saint Ouen
- Saint Ouen Holiday Inn