I booked this hotel for a three-day excursion to France / Paris due to the proximity to the roads leading to the Channel ports, the fact that it had parking and the proximity to the Metro.
Finding the hotel and navigating the streets of this part of the French capital was pretty simple. There wasn't a huge amount of traffic and the traffic that there was actually made driving that little bit easier.
When we arrived I found the entrance to the parking easy enough and jumped out of the car to request that the gate was opened. Fortunately my lack of French ability didn't hinder things and I managed to park up before even checking-in.
Although the hotel does have parking there are only around 30 spaces or so. When we arrived at around 1pm on a Tuesday there were only 3 spaces left.
We took the elevator to Reception and then after a short wait we then started the check-in process.
The chap on Reception spoke excellent English and check-in was completed in minutes. My booking had been made for two adults and a child for a room with a double bed and sofa bed. When I explained that the party now only consisted of myself and my daughter I was immediately asked if I wanted to change the room to one with two single beds. I appreciated this display of initiative and it was sorted out without issue.
The room itself was spacious and overlooked the canal towards the university accommodation. The two beds had fresh and possibly brand new linen and the room and ensuite were both clean.
We had access to free wifi, which pleased my daughter. The speed was sufficient, however, I could only get coverage in the ensuite and up to about six foot from the window. This meant that I couldn't sit at the desk and surf the net. Not an issue for me as I had 3G coverage and my daughter had coverage from the comfort of her bed.
When I booked the Hotel I hadn't really considered the environs around it, other than how quickly I could get access out of Paris. Well I was in for a very pleasant surprise.
The Hotel is located on a canal that runs into the centre of Paris and is still navigable as I understand it. There is a bridge next to the Hotel that can be raised and lowered to let the canal boats through and we saw it lift at least once.
As this was August the Mayor of Paris had set up one of the Paris Plages here, the other one is near Notre Dame on the Seine I think. What this meant was that there were a lot of families around enjoying themselves in the imported sandy beaches, playing boule or table-top football. This gave the place a really nice atmosphere.
I'd recommend a walk around the canal basin itself. The area appears to be residential / leisure orientated and there is a cinema too. Even though this is Paris, it is very quiet and the nearest busy road is at the other end of the basin.
There are a few metro stations in easy reach, the closest being Riquet which is on the line with a direct connection to the Louvre.
Tip: On the way to the metro you will walk past a convenience store. I suggest that you buy bottled water here. I think it cost me 35cents for a 1.5l bottle, compare that to 2.80Euro for 1.5l on the Champs-Elysee.
There are a few Cafes nearby although it was disappointing that the chap on the reception when we asked in the evening wasn't able to recommend one to us even though there is a list of a few on the room's TV service.
Breakfast is served down on the same floor as reception and the room does not have a huge capacity. OK, to be fair, the room is big enough but not when everyone wants breakfast at the sometime. The Hotel guide does provide a warning on the wait times for breakfast and they are not joking. So if you don't want to wait then you do need to plan your breakfast time according to the suggestions in the guide.
There is an adequate selection of food on offer, however, for the Englishman abroad, there is no Full-English breakfast (well none that I was aware of but I didn't ask). There are plenty of fresh croissants, pain-aux-chocolat etc and a selection of cereals, yoghurts, cheese and ham. So, a continental breakfast which I guess is no surprise.
Anyway, we didn't have any issue with the breakfast, however, when the room was busy it did seem like everyone was falling over each other trying to get to the food. Maybe that's another aspect of being on the continent.
Just as Check-In had been simple, Check-Out was also simple. No issues here at all. Again the person on reception who dealt with us spoke perfect English despite the fact that I attempted to speak French.
So, I chose the Hotel due to the ease of access onto the roads into / out of Paris. The Hotel met that requirement. But I was also treated to a great location and hotel in its own right.
Would I stay here again? Most definitely. I can't think of anywhere better, more relaxing to stay in Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the tranquil waterside setting of the Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette hotel,just 10 minutes by metro from the heart of the city.A striking wood-clad eco-hotel, Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette is proud of its green credentials, solar roof panel & recycling programme. At 23 sq mt, the Guest rooms give you plenty of space to stretch out & relax.The hotel is 30 minutes by train from Charles de Gaulle Airport.And with Riquet metro station just 2 minutes away,it's easy to explore central Paris which is only a 10 minute metro ride from your peaceful waterfront base.Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette is next to Parc de la Villette,a futuristic activity park with gleaming metal sculptures in flower-filled gardens.Relax on the grass listening to live music,or keep the kids entertained with a visit to the Science Museum & screenings of 3D movies.Ask our friendly 24-hr Front Desk staff to suggest their favourite local attractions.Choose the largest of our 7 meeting rooms,with impressive views of the Canal, to host up to 150 delegates. All of our flexible meeting spaces are equipped with wireless Internet. Let us know if you'd like coffee breaks,printing or copying arranged.Unwind with a chilled glass of wine or champagne on the sunny terrace of Bar 68.Then head out for dinner in a typical Parisian brasserie.Our staff are happy to help with recommendations. ... more less
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