We chose Hotel Tolbiac based on the location, which we know to be pleasant from previous travels, and the fact that children under 16 are allowed to sleep on an extra bed in the larger, en suite, double rooms. The hotel website clearly informs it is a “hotel without a[n] elevator” so we were prepared to climb stairs and after reading some reviews we also brought own towels (which we were prepared to leave behind as our suitcases have a tendency to shrink in Paris…)
Our room was on the second floor, in the corner of the building, so the traffic was quite noisy. Next time I’ll ask for a room on a higher floor. We had a small hallway between our room and the corridor so we heard absolutely nothing from the other guests. The room was clean and equipped with both a fan and a heater, the beds were comfortable and the en suite bathroom was really good, except for the lack of large towels.
Staff was friendly and helpful, breakfast was OK and there was a hotel cat that spent most of his time sleeping on the coffee machine. Metro and bus stops are close and the large shopping center Italie2 is within walking distance. We visited the food market near place d’Italie (Marché Auguste-Blanqui) and can also recommend the one at Avenue d’Italie (Marché Maison-Blanche). On the last morning we were allowed to leave our suitcases in the lobby, and after a day in town we took a taxi to Orly. The taxi turned out to be cheaper than three metro tickets and of course a lot more comfortable.
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