I stayed in this hotel for business, on a 3 night business trip whilst doing business out in La Defense. I needed a hotel first and foremost that was easy to access the RER network (Line A) and which wasn't too small or dingy. what I found was a very nice hotel with spacious rooms, pleasant colour scheme (my room was a pretty light purple with blue curtains) and some very pretty furniture. The bed was very comfortable, both long enough and wide enough for me. And for what it was worth, the bathroom was very good, modern, kept clean, hot water without any problems or temperatuer fluctuations.
The staff were fairly quintessentially French. Not polite, per se, but quite amusing and amicable, and certainly made you feel welcome. My reservation was put under my first name rather than surname, and upon trying to check in I said "I have a reservation, Mr. XXXXX" to which the reply was "No you don't". Part of the experience.
The negative for me for my business trip was more related to the wifi, which is given freely and for as many devices as you like. And for internet browsing on my laptop, I had no issues at all. However, on my iPhone 5, the wifi either didn't work or the signal kept resetting, which meant I couldn't use my phone for much browsing at all, and I couldn't FaceTime my family, which was very frustrating. Likewise, my laptop linked up fine to the internet, but I could not remote-connect to my office as the signal seemed to be resetting itself continuously. So I was unable to really work in the evenings.
All told, it was a nice hotel, the area itself is a mixed bag of nice bistros, taverns and Japanese restaurants, with a few random assortments (the hotel is not 20 meters from a sex shop either side...) mixed in for fun. But easy enough for any business traveller to use, especially if you aren't bothered about any remote connections to office networks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lyon Bastille is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of Paris, 150 m from the Gare de Lyon, near the new Opera Bastille. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lyon Bastille Hotel
- Lyon Bastille Paris