Like all Ibis hotels where I have been to, this location has an HONEST CANCELLATION POLICY of 6 pm the day of arrival.
This means that if your flight is cancelled at the last minute, as it happens more and more often nowadays, you will be able to cancel your reservation without losing your money, as it will be the case with more and more hotels that are adopting an utterly dishonest cancellation policy of one or even several days before the day of arrival!
And many Ibis locations still practice the good old policy of "6 pm courtesy hold" without even asking for your credit card number, which has virtually disappeared nowadays. This is the case for the Ibis in Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Vienna (the real one, in Austria!) and also in some French and UK locations like the Ibis LHR, for which I have posted a review. I am currently holding four Ibis reservations for Vienna and Salzburg on a "7 pm courtesy hold", without any credit card, for next June 2013.
I) OLD BUILDING ONE BLOCK FROM THE "BOIS DE VINCENNES"
This Ibis "Porte Dorée" is located at one of the doors circling Paris. This one is the gateway to the famous "Bois de Vincennes" on the east of the “City of Light”.
It is in an old building but rooms have been refurbished in the Ibis international style that I have found in Europe, from London to Vienna, and also in South American locations where I have been, such as Buenos Aires, Lima, etc.
As in all locations, this room has an individually controlled AC and heater, a small bath with a shower and toilet and only two bath towels. It also has a hair dryer, a phone, a small LCD TV under 20 inches but with accessible composite connectors on the right hand side of its furniture in this location (that’s NOT always the case, and the London Heathrow hotel did not have it), a wide wood shelf running under the window from wall to wall, serving as a desk, and a double or queen bed.
I had room 507 on the top floor with two individual beds joined together to make a false king bed where you could feel the division in the middle. It has a partially open view in angle over the Boulevard, but a building right across the street. Other rooms like 02 to 05 open over Boulevard Poniatowski and have a better view towards the Bois de Vincennes.
II) EXCELLENT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
"Porte Dorée" offers several means of public transportation.
The new tramway, which will eventually run all around Paris (but not yet!) is right at the door of this Ibis.
It also has the subway (Métro) right at the corner, as well as bus 46 from "Gare du Nord" to "Chateau de Vincennes".
In my comment about the Quality Suites Bibliothèque Francois Mitterrand, posted here some time ago, I explained how to get there from CDG airport in about one hour by taking only two busses.
The procedure to come here is very similar, except that you take the new tramway instead of taking a second bus.
From CDG 2 (or CDG 1) take a free automatic, human less rail shuttle to "Roissy Pôle", where you get off and take BUS 351 to "NATION". A couple of stops before Nation (about one hour journey), you must get off at "PORTE DE VINCENNES", as soon as the bus turns right. Then you cross the large "Cours de Vincennes" avenue and take the tramway going south. This Ibis is right at the stop called "Porte Dorée" (third stop, in about five minutes).
You will need three bus tickets that you put in the machine of bus 351 one at a time. These tickets will allow you to take the tramway without paying again, as long as you make the connection within 90 minutes after you validate them. So make sure you wait until bus 351 is ready to leave before validating your tickets because they run every thirty minutes and that could make the difference between taking the tram without paying again, or having to put a fourth ticket in it! As you board the tram, validate any of the three tickets from CDG. If the machine returns it without a long beep and a red light, you're OK. But make sure you validate your tickets both, on bus 351 AND on the tramway or on any other bus during the 90 minutes after the first validation.
Obviously, you can only go in the same direction without paying again BUT you will NOT be able to go back with the same tickets!
And remember to buy them by packs of 10 or you will pay twice as much if you get them from the bus driver. Unlike Miami or Buenos Aires, where bus drivers carry no money, in Paris you may give a bill and the driver will give you the change back, as it was still the case in Montevideo in December 2012, during my last trip there.
The price for 10 bus and subway (Métro) tickets is 13.30 €, which is circa $17.30 a/o March 9, 2013. This means that the whole trip from the airport to your hotel will cost you 3.99 Euros by bus, which is about $5.20. This is more than twice as much as you will pay to go from Miami International Airport to Miami Beach or vice versa in only thirty minutes... But you must expect to pay about twice as much for everything in the good old continent, whether hotels, restaurants, taxis, clothes, electronics, food; just name it, you’ve got it for twice the price!
You may buy your bus/subway tickets from a human being at CDG 2 or at Roissy Pôle and pay with a US credit card. In all subway stations in Paris, humans have been replaced by machines that also take credit cards, but you might need some help...
If you are in a hurry, you may take the RER B at CDG 2 (or at Roissy Pôle if you travel with United or Lufthansa and you arrive to Terminal 1 instead of 2, where AA, British Airways and Delta are) to "Les Halles" (about 20 to 30 minutes), then take the RER A to Nation (between 5 and 10 min) on the same platform right across; then, as you get off at Nation, get out and take bus 57 to the Boulevards Extérieurs (third stop), where you take the tram and get off at the second stop: "Porte Dorée".
But this is far more exhausting and expensive because you need a special ticket, far more expensive, for the RER from CDG to Paris.
IN SHORT, this Ibis Porte Dorée combines a convenient location with several public means of transportation (subway and bus at the corner, and the new tramway right at the door), the relaxing "Bois de Vincennes" one block from it and the "Zoo de Vincennes" four or five blocks away, at a reasonable rate of 130 € during the week and 100 € during weekends + an additional 9 € for breakfast a/o March 9, 2013.
This may seem very expensive by US standards for a room with very basic features (NO frig, NO microwave, NO iron or ironing board and very small rooms) BUT in Paris, many two star hotels are now charging over 100 Euros (circa $130) for rooms without AC, which are no bigger than this one.
Furthermore, sometimes Ibis hotels run an Internet special and I only paid 114 € for 2 days, which averages only 57 € per day without breakfast. That’s an OUTSTANDING VALUE in the Old Continent! And, of course, they have an HONEST CANCELLATION POLICY: day of arrival by 6 pm. But they also have Internet specials without any possibility to change or to cancel, which I never take because you never know what might happen, and you risk losing all your money if you can’t make it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Paris Porte Dorée hotel is located in the east of Paris, a short stroll from the Espace Charenton and Vincennes forest, 1 km from lake Daumesnil and 3 km from the Parc Floral. The airport is 20 km from the hotel. The hotel has 39 air-conditioned rooms, including 1 adapted for disabled persons. A bar, snacks 24/24 and public covered parking are at your disposal. Restaurants are available close by. You are near the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie. ... more less
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