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Hotel Helvetia
Ranked #1,099 of 1,803 Hotels in Paris
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Excellent location, 2 blocks away from La Gare de Lyon and steps away from bars, restaurants and a metro station. A mini Market is just across the street. Vey nice and helpful staff. Clean and safe rooms, noise and smoke free.

Room Tip: Higher floors have less noise
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Ok all round. If its location and transport you cannot beat it, staff great and helpful in all areas. Great sleep and if you like a concert the De Bercy is 20 minutes walk. That was the purpose of our trip. Bus to the airport is literally outside the door as is the metro.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

We wanted a hotel close to Gare de Lyon as to keep travel costs down and be close to Bercy to see a concert.

The hotel staff were very friendly. We got a discounted rate of €88 a night including breakfast.

The rooms are spacious and very comfortable. the use of free wifi and television was also a nice touch.

I would reccommend this little Hotel to anyone wanting a friendly Hotel to stay in at the heart of paris!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

We arrived in gare lyon Paris by train, from Lucern-Switzerland. We have 3 big luggages, a potter offered his service to take our luggages to the hotel at € 10. We accepted his service, but still worried he might robbed our luggages. He took us to the Hotel Helvetia safely, which very closed to gare lyon, only 3 minutes walking. You should take an exit in the right of station, to hotel Novotel direction. Hotel Helvetia is behind Novotel wall.

The elevator was small and slow, it's common for 2 star hotel. Yes, the aisle was also small but it's ok as long as we can move our 25 kg luggage.

The hotel is surrounded by nice restaurants, cafes and market where we can buy our breakfast and dinner. Metro is right in front the door. The hotel staff were very nice, and gave direction about tourism in Paris. They also assisted us to print our Versailles on-line tickets without additional charges.

We like a coffee machine in reception area, which offer coffee, hot chocolate, and tea for €1.2. The hotel also provided us hot water for free, and we can use their microwave as well.

The hotel has very tall window in the room and bathroom, But has no airflow system. So we have to open window to let air flow and while you were 'pxxp'. But no one can sneak us from street.

Generally, it was good hotel and value for money. We loved this hotel and gave the staff a cookies from Indonesia. Hope, they enjoy it.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
Thank Siskadityawarnan
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

We wanted a hotel close to Gare de Lyon and this fits the bill. Very close and easy to manage luggage to and from the hotel. The hotel is very basic but clean and the staff are friendly. It goes over a number of floors and is not very wide but there is a very small lift that enables you to get to your room easily.
It has some great eateries nearby for meals or coffee. Overall reasonable value as it was not very expensive.

Room Tip: Ask for one on the lower levels
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Marg612
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

My experience was about the same as others have written about. Major complaint was that it was cold while we were there (40's at night, 50's during the day), but no heat. Bathroom had an electric heater that did not work. Informed the front desk, they had someone look at it 2 days later and their only solution was an offer to switch rooms. Shower incredibly small, about 24" x 24". Did not try the breakfast. Nice staff. Great location. If you are of a larger physical size or have mobility problems, this is not the place for you. Would probably go back if the price was right.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2013 via mobile

I chose this hotel in Paris following a friend's recommendation. It is close to Gare de Lyon and we got there using Les Cars Air France, a Shuttle service from Charles de Gaulle. Hotel has an excellent location, people from the front desk are extremely nice an gave us tips on places to go. A metro station is in front of the hotel and it is very easy and convenient to get around Paris if you don't have many days to spare.all sorts of restaurants a couple of mini markets and drugstores. We really enjoyed our stay there and I would definitely come again or recommend this location unless you are really looking for a fancy place to stay.

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Address: 28 B boulevard Diderot | 12 Arr., 75012 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Bercy / Nation , Reuilly
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#116 Best Value Hotel in Paris
Price Range: £72 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Helvetia 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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