We were first time visitors to Paris and stayed 7 nights at Mecure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie.
Overall I would have to say we were very happy with our stay.
From Charles de Gaulle CDG airport the hotel was easy to get to by train/metro . Just
take the RER B train to Gare du Nord station and transfer to the # 5 Metro which
terminates at Place d'Italie . Take the Italie 2 exit and if you are facing the Italie 2
shopping centre the hotel is located on the 3rd street to your right .The one way fare
was just over 9 EUR .
This is not a tourist part of Paris , but more of a local residential and business area .
Place d'Italie is very busy but the hotel is located on a quiet street and even then it
is set back from the street . We loved the area and it had everything that we needed
during our visit . The Italie 2 shopping centre has 130 stores and even a Club Med gym
if you want to work off those croissants . There is a Carrefour Market located in the
shopping centre which is huge by Paris standards and has everything you could need
or want during your stay . If you need there is also a coin laundry a couple blocks from
the hotel .
Place d'Italie Metro station as others have mentioned has 3 lines that transit it 5,6 & 7 .
We found these 3 metro lines got us everywhere in Paris we wanted to go with very
few problems . I found the Paris metro very easy to use , efficiant and well marked with
signs . Do yourself a favour if you are in Paris for any length of time and purchase a Paris
Metro Pass . They can be purchased for 1,2,3 or 5 days and save having to figure out
the cost and then finding the change . We bought the 5 day Metro pass for around
29 EUR and it was the best thing we did,the pass also gives you discounts at various
Paris sites .
As I mentioned the hotel is located on a very quiet street so we never found noise
to be an issue . Our room faced the small courtyard and this had to be one of the
quietest hotels I have ever stayed in. The room was was small which we expected
but it was comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay . We used the
mini-bar fridge for our own food/drinks and it was nice to have the coffee maker.
The bathroom was compact but functioned well even and the rain shower was
refreshing.The room did not have a clock and the hotel does not have an ice machine which is quite common in Europe . The hallways could use a coat of paint and new carpet but we didn't sleep in the halls. TV lovers have only BBC news as the engish channel ,we were not in Paris to watch TV .
Unless you are a big eater skip the breakfast , at 16 EUR over priced for what they are
offering . We tried it twice and they do offer all the basics in a small breakfast room which
looks out onto a nice courtyard .There is a great bakery one block from the hotel which
sells fresh croissants for 1 EUR as well as many other great things .
All the hotel staff were nice and the front desk was always happy to answer any questions we had and speaking english was not a problem .
We really have no complaints about our stay at this hotel. You will not find luxury if you stay here but a small , quiet , clean room that will suit the needs of most people . We loved the area and the hotel because we got to see a side of Paris away from all the tourists and just hang out with the locals . Merci Paris !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Benefiting from direct access to the Gare du Nord, Lyon and Montparnasse railway stations, the Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie reveals a well preserved setting between the garden terrace and the view of the Eiffel Tower. Two steps from the Place d'Italie Metro hub, relax in a designer room with a serene and peaceful atmosphere. In the quietness of the private garden, relax during your business trip or at the end of the day of cultural visits. ... more less
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