Non-descript Mercure property really, we chose it because it was well priced and also because it was reasonably close to transport (just a few minutes walk to Gare du Nord). But the area feels very dodgy after dark, big black men loitering around the RER entrance and generally run down feel of the short walk from the station. I'm sure it's safe, but ...
I found the property very pleasant. The design is open and inviting and the front desk staff very helpful. Yes the rooms are rather small but that's just France in general for you. It's adequate. We had a nice balcony which opens up onto the main street, and importantly for a trainspotter like myself, looks right over the Gare l'Est tracks. I was excited to see all manner of trains running past my window in the morning - better still stand on the balcony with my cup of tea to watch them go past. :-)
The other major gripe is the "open" nature of the bathroom. Basically the walls are glass and you can see everything happening inside. Trying to be cool but actually not cool at all. Then there's the open shower - you basically have a wet floor after every shower. Again, trying too hard to be cool but turns up something completely uncool.
Like many other reviewers I also have a problem with the air conditioning. It kinda works but there's not much in the way of temperature adjustment. Overnight the temp falls to around 23C which is still way too warm for a comfortable night's sleep. My partner loved it however ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mercure Paris Gare du Nord La Fayette hotel is ideally located close to the subway and the Gare du Nord station, where you can take the Thalys, Eurostar or TGV train to northern Europe. The hotel has been completely refurbished. Facilities include: 48rooms including 1 suite with terrace, a breakfast room and bar lounge, as well as 2 meeting rooms. The department stores and Montmartre are just a 15 minute walk along the Rue La Fayette ... more less
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