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“Boarding school-style rooms. Avoid if you have mobility problems.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Helvetia

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Hotel Helvetia
Ranked #1,109 of 1,798 Hotels in Paris
Sydney, Australia
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127 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Boarding school-style rooms. Avoid if you have mobility problems.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

Very basic accommodation. Only chose if you have to be at Gare de Lyon at the crack of dawn for a train trip to somewhere else....staff nice, but rooms very basic. I'm not complaining about the rooms, you get what you pay for...but a couple of points need to be mentioned. I shudder to think how anyone with a mobility problem would cope here, or, dare I I say it, cope if there was a need to be evacuated. There is a tiny lift, very much straight out of a Harry Potter film, and it really only takes one or two people...one person at a time if you have large suitcases. Mind your fingers in the doors of bedrooms. Other thing that needs to be mentioned is that the people in the room next to me were smoking....I'm sure this is breaching rules, but hey....maybe there were no smoke detectors, which is even more of a concern. Consequently, my bedroom reeked of smoke all night long. Not very pleasant.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013 via mobile

I stayed for one night, got off the train from gare de Lyon, literally a 1 minute walk. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great value for money. the metro station is right outside hotel doors. Even though the hotel is on a very busy road, I could not hear the traffic with the windows closed. Will be staying here again when I revisit paris later in the year

  • Stayed March 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

My Wife and I were on honeymoon and were surprised by how nice this little hotel was! Very well situated, main station was literally accross the road(Gare de lyon) and grocery store just outside the hotel. The room was small, but really clean and comfortable. Even though on a main road, we didnt hear a sound!! The small lift was rather interesting, tiny....big enough for 2people and luggage!! All staff spoke english. I would reccommend this to anyone traveling to Paris!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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71 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Orlando
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55 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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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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#158 Best Value Hotel in Paris
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Helvetia 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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