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Hotel Helvetia
Ranked #1,087 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
London
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72 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Nothing to write home about”
Reviewed 11 December 2012

I chose this hotel mainly because it's near to Gare de Lyon and not too expensive (relatively speaking of course). It is a small hotel, although my room size is acceptable. The bathroom is a bit dated. There is a street light outside my window which is too bright at night. It wasn't noisy though. Overall there is nothing special either about the room or the hotel. It lacks the charm factor and the atmosphere isn't very inviting or warm.

The restaurants near the train station are a bit touristy to me. I recommend the one in the middle of Rue de Lyon, which I have written a review about it.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

The hotel is very convenient for the Metro, Gare de Lyon main railway station and Air France Bus to CDG airport. In Paris the cheaper hotel rooms do tend to be small and this was the case here. In my experience as a single traveller it was well worth paying a little more for a double room Breakfast is available in the room but I didn't partake so can't comment on this. However, the hotel suited my purposes. I found the the reception staff to be very competent and friendly - and they spoke good English.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Newport pagnell, U.K.
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31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2012

We needed a cheap overnight stay in Paris near the Gare du Lyon railway station. we chose the Helvetia as it was considerably cheaper than the surrounding hotels. The hotel was pretty much what we expected,a small very basic room in need of a paint job but with a surprisingly good shower. The staff were very helpful and spoke quite good english. Numerous good restaurants within a 5 minute walk, so all in all we were not disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank newcanadafan429
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Orlando
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55 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2012

We had an early start from Gare de Lyon so selected this hotel which did not have much going for it save a competent front desk staff. It's literally a block from train station which is very convenient. The rooms were pretty tired looking, but the price was very reasonable.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Reddfish
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Paris
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2012

We told you we were bringing our dog & confirmed with hotel.

Neither of you told us they did not accept dogs & the hotel said they said on web site no dogs so did not have to take us.

Not very imnpressed with you. Refund please.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Rome, Italy
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108 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2012

I spent three wonderful days in this simple but cosy hotel. I had the largest room(perfectly clean as well as the toilet) ever had in Paris,even with a balcony,a good lift,a friendly reception and quiet nights with no noise whatever....
The metro is just outside the hotel , the wonderful gare de Lyon round the corner,and a supermarket open 24 h in front of it
What do you want more?....

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank vinbar5
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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights in mid September. Overall, it's a basic hotel and it fits for those who only need a place to sleep. The room is quite small and basic. The hotel has a tiny elevator that can fit 2 people and stops between floors. The hallway is very narrow. The hotel and the room don't give you a modern feeling. The room style and furniture are kind of old. The building itself looks like an old apartment building that was converted into a hotel. In the room, there aren't enough electric sockets (only 2, in odd locations). Our room was on the 4th floor, and was facing the street. The window did a nice job blocking the noise, but when it was open the room became quite noisy (there is no air-condition in the room so you have to open a window for air). In the lobby, there is a nice wifi connection (it's free). The location of the hotel is excellent - there is an entrance to Gare de Lyon station (metro + trains) right near the hotel entrance. It only takes 10 minutes to arrive to the main Paris attractions. In addition, there are lots of restaurants, cafes and supermarkets in the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank iblank
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Property: Hotel Helvetia
Address: 28 B boulevard Diderot | 12 Arr., 75012 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Bercy / Nation , Reuilly
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#130 Best Value Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Helvetia 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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