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“Nice hotel but beware the dodgy location”

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Mercure Paris Gare Du Nord La Fayette
Ranked #898 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
Sydney, Australia
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“Nice hotel but beware the dodgy location”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

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 ...

Room Tip: For trainspotters (like myself), a room on a higher floor facing the Gare l'Est tracks is amazin...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Chose this hotel because it is relatively new and close to Gare du Nord. Expensive for what you get. Small room, comfortable bed, but bathroom facilities are poor. Open shower area which leaves whole floor flooded, perhaps the idea is to get you to vacate as quickly as possible. No restaurant, which is not an issue, but area around Gare du Nord is not the best, especially at night. Breakfast fine, reception staff very friendly. Disappointed,would not use again.

Room Tip: Noise will be a problem because of busy road and overlooking Gare de L'Est. try to get room at b...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

The hotel is impressively modern with bright and airy decor and good quality fittings.

The drawback is that the room was small, with not much space round the bed. The shower and wash basin are behind a green glass wall and this was not a problem. The toilet was in a separate space with a sliding wooden door. Everything was spotlessly clean.

The room was rather warm but the window can be opened. We closed it at night to avoid road noise and had a great night's sleep.

Breakfast was varied and a range of organic food is offered, however it probably doesn't rate the 14 euros cost unless one takes into account the convenience of eating on site.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We stayed in this hotel as part of a tour. All through our tour all the hotels had given us two rooms conected since we where two adults and two minors. We did get what we wanted, but one of the rooms had no AC. The heat in the room was like a sauna room. (Temperature outside was around 35 degrees C and inside close to 40) We called the reception and a very nice gentleman came upstairs, moved a few wires to tell us he was not a technician and would call one, but in the meantime he would bring us a fan. We ended up going downstairs and we tried talking with a man who in his poor English said the man who came to our room had not reported anything bad with the AC. Our tour guide tried to help us in French not solving anything and then the manager walked out and asked him if he spoke English so he said yes. I told him, trying not to scream, that we needed AC in the room and he said he could not solve it until the technician came in. The manager left an a nice lady came with us to our room to see that the AC was not working and then gave us another room, but in another floor.
The room that we kept was clean, but the bathroom was full of mold and the bathtub had a huge rusty crack and the bathroom always smelled terrible.
Breakfast and wifi where good. The area where the hotel is very close to the Du Nord metro station, where you can move fast through city and has a lot of restaurants. During the nights it seems like dangerous, nothing happened to us, but everything is open until late.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The Executive Room we had was spacious, very comfortable and clean. The hotel was refurbished less than a year ago so it all feels new and well-looked after.

The Wi-Fi signal was excellent in the room but the service would periodically stop which is frustrating in 2013. They had similar problems with the A/C (although we accept the night we stayed was 30c+ outside) that really a hotel of this standard should have sorted out by now.

The location is excellent, being just a few minutes walk from Gare du Nord but sufficiently far away from the busy station area that it felt quite relaxing. A 10 minute walk south of the hotel to Rue du Fauborg-Saint Denis brings you onto a busy street with fantastic bars and restaurants that are more urban in their feel and fashionable than the usual Paris brasserie you can get stuck in within the popular tourist areas.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mercure Paris Gare Du Nord La Fayette
Address: 175 rue la Fayette, 75010 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Entrepôt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #898 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Mercure Paris Gare Du Nord La Fayette 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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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