In the 19th really convenient for Le Zenith Concert Hall which is where I was working for the evening.
Under normal circumstances it should be about 20-30 minutes in a taxi from Orly airport, but when I was doing the journey there was an accident on the Peripherique and traffic on that and all neighboring roads was at a virtual standstill .. and it took over an hour !
I booked a suite for 175 Euros which I thought was a snip for Paris – notorious for tis pokily small and hyper priced hotel rooms … and got a key to a room on the 4th floor.
I opened the door, pushed the luggage in and looked around the room – it was two rooms actually - a grim 1980s deco job, drab, scruffy and depressing!
I went straight back downstairs and asked if I could change the room for one of the contemporarily decorated ones I had seen on their website- with light wood, big windows and nice big classy black and whites photos on the walls.
The guy had to get over his shock at being asked to be re-homed from a suite – but without too much fuss or grumpiness – reallocated me a room on the 9th floor!
Smaller than the suite – but nice light room with big desking area, two beds plus the bathroom – fairly recently refurbed I would guess, the B/W pix on the walls, fridge, etc. – not exactly large, but a massive leap forward than the fourth floor.
I felt comfortable and could have stayed a couple of days – but I was grateful for the fact that it was actually only an overnighter!
The WIFI was free and it worked fine – so I was happy. A couple of hours work and then off to the gig.
I didn’t try out any of the public areas. I would stay there again – now I know I have to request a room on the top floor or at least a ‘refurbished’ one – next time I’m working at the Zenith.
I have to say if I had been doing the 10 minute walk back through the park on my own in the dark it might have been a bit spooky .. but there were thousands walking out of the concert at that time, so all fine.
The journey to CDC Airport the next morning took 25 minutes (rather than to 60 – 90 they told me on reception to allow) … but in the Paris rush hour, I would say that’s a reasonable estimate!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Paris La Villette, in Paris, is located nearby the Philharmonie, Parc de la Villette, next to the Zenith, Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie. Large rooms with TV, minibar, kettle, safety box, tea and coffee facilities and large bathrooms . Enjoy our restaurant with two terrasses, our bar. For leisure, minigym & with sauna are available Very easy to travel in Paris, metro and tramway stations are nearby and a private garage is also available. Idealistic area to travel easily in Paris. Reception: 24 hours. Access: subway line 5 porte de pantin,tramway line 3, exit Porte de pantin from the ring. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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