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Lux Hotel Picpus
Ranked #579 of 1,802 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 September 2013

this was my 4th visit in paris and this is probably the best hotel i stayed in, the best value. the hotel is situated on blv. de picpus just 50m from the picpus metro station and 200 from nation metro station which is on the line 1, you will probably use it more often to get to most of paris attractions. if you fly with a low cost on beauvais airport the metro from port maillot takes you straight to nation.

you can get also get the metro from picpus to nation if you don't want walk the distance although is not much and this is zone of paris is very safe, i walked this streets also in the night and it was ok. so if you return from the city during night it's ok to walk from place de la nation to the hotel.

from picpus station you can easily go on the left bank of sena, to place d'italie where you can change for line 7 for rue mouffetard - pantheon etc. also just in front of the hotel is a bus station, bus no 56 which takes you to place de la republique.

so as you can see the hotel is well bounded with the city but if this is your first time in paris i think you should look for a hotel situated more in the centre of paris, if you are not familiarized with the transport in paris and if you dont want to lose a lot of time in the metro.

about the room, i had a single room, small but ok with a bathroom that was also tiny. very clean with a very comfortable and big enough bed. there is no AC in the room, at least not in my room, but i didn't see any AC device on the building, the wi-fi signal was fair i didn't use it much. there is also a tv but with only 15 programs all in french. the hotel has a small elevator that goes up to the 6th floor, the hotel has 7 floors so for the last one you have to walk the stairs. the very very big minus is that you can hear absolutely everything is going on in the rooms next to you. unfortunately on 2 nights my neighbours from one room were very blatant until almost 1 AM. so take some earplugs, even if you are not used with them take a pair.

if you want you can serve breakfast for 8 euro, i didn't because on the way to place de la nation there is a nice boulangerie (picpus bakery) and you can buy from there something for the morning.

i didn't interact much with the staff only when i left and took the card for the door, i once asked something about the metro and the man from the desk didn't seem to have any ideea, whatever.

prices for the rooms from what i've seen are very good, you pay the same but for low quality in most of other paris hotels, so for a 2 star this is good option.

Room Tip: you don't have elevator for the 7th floor, and you might find a better deal for the breakfast
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Since 2003, I have stayed 5 times in the Lux Hotel Picpus, Paris, once for more than a week. I find everything about the hotel and location very convenient. The area around the hotel is like a village, with everything from restaurants, grocery stores, bakery, fishmonger, butchery and even a laundry close by. I loved watching a group of men paying boules in a small park. Metro statuin Picpus is just across 2 roads and the big Nation station is also very close. I love going to the Père Lachaise cemetery, and I usually walk there, about 20 minutes , a very pleasant walk on a Sunday morning.
Also the breakfast is very good for the €8 that is charged. The vicinity is also quiet with no late night noisy traffic.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

5 metro stops from down town Paris.and about a 5 minute walk to Metro. No AC so for those that travel in the summer heat be prepared to sleep with your window wide open.(fan provided) So pick a room on the inside away from traffic and direct sun hitting room all day.Price reasonable and breakfast very good. Grocery up the block 5 minutes away also.

Room Tip: Room on inside away from heat and traffic
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

Great for travellers on a budget and in a French residential area away from the main tourist areas. The rooms and bathrooms are very small. The rooms were very stuffy in the summer heat and we had to remove a plastic mattress protector to get any comfort.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Staying in Paris can be very expensive. Lux Hotel Picpus is a small but cosy establishment that would please shoestring budget travelers. The prices of a standard room here are comparable to what you would expect to pay for a private room in a hostel in a touristy part of the city.

I stayed at Lux for 4 nights in June. Although it was not walking distance from the most visited Parisian attractions, e.g. Eiffel, Louvre etc, it was a convenient metro ride from them. It was 1 RER stop from Gare de Lyon, 2 stops from Chatelet Les Halles (near the Louvre) and 4 stops from Charles de Gaulle Etoile (where Arc de Triomphe is). Since all these RER stations are within Zone 1, a regular metro ticket will do just fine. I found only a few places, such as Montmartre, to be a tad further away but still within 30 minutes of travel.

The hotel was a 5-minute walk from the Nation metro station. Situated in a lovely Parisian residential neighborhood in the 12th arrondissement, it was away from the madness and bustle of the touristy areas and exuded an endearing Parisian charm. The sidewalk along the main road comes alive on weekends with locals armed with shopping trolleys heading to the open-air market (the Marché Cours de Vincennes, if I am not wrong). With the colorful array of fresh produce and tasty hot food, it's impossible to miss.

The room I stayed in was simple and cosy, and most importantly spotlessly clean. There was the usual you'd expect in a regular hotel- dressing table, TV, wardrobe, comfy bed, space to place your luggage, clean en-suite toilet with toiletries and reliable hot shower, fresh towels and daily room service. The reception was polite and helpful, and the daily breakfast buffet was simple but value for money. Sure, the room wasn't sprawlingly spacious, but it was decent, comfortable and provided great value for money.

I'd stay here in a heartbeat again the next time I'm in Paris.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

I had been to this hotel in 2006 and came back in June this year. It's good to see that the hotel remains good value for money with well appointed rooms (it's still Paris, so a bit on the small side). What I like most about this hotel is the location (12eme arrondisement) because it's a true Parsiian neighborhood with excellent transportation in the very close Nation (RER, metro, buses, taxis, bus to CDG airport), decent variety of restaurants, excellent bakeries, supermarket, etc. Their breakfast is also good value with full hot buffet for 8 euros. The Spanish speaking woman at breakfast is the nicest staff in the hotel, the reception staff can be nicer, but are still always useful and efficient. If you are in this hotel on a Saturday, I would highly recomment the market on the main road (Vincennnes), a true parisian experience.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We visited Paris in June 2013 and choose Lux hotel based on reviews on TA,must say we were not disappointed. The hotel is located in a quite a neighborhood and very close to Picpus metro (2 mins walk) and Nation station (5 mins walk). It takes about 30 mins to reach the major tourist spots by metro/train. There are supermarkets and shops near Nation station. The hotel staff are very good and helpful. The room was clean and had a small TV, table, safe for valuables and a wardrobe to hang clothes. There was a slight rumbling from the metro even on the 5th floor but it wasn't loud enough to disturb our sleep. The bathroom was quite cramped but extremely clean and well maintained throughout our stay. shower gel,soap etc were provided as well. The room & bathroom were cleaned very well on all days that we stayed there. The buffet breakfast is very good value for money. They have lots of options to choose from and it was very fresh as well. We had a very memorable stay at Lux hotel.

Room Tip: Choose rooms on higher floors
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Address: 74 boulevard de Picpus, 75012 Paris, France
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Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Bercy / Nation , Reuilly
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#366 Family Hotel in Paris
#406 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range: £53 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Lux Hotel Picpus 2*
Number of rooms: 38
Also Known As:
Lux Hotel Paris

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