Unless you're on a business trip at La Defense, there is no reason staying at this part of Paris. And even if you've no choice but to stay at La Defense, Renaissance Paris Hotel La Defense should not be on your short-list. On the exterior, it looks like a slick, modern hotel but looks truly deceive.
The rooms were in need of some refurbishment and ours face a construction site. Front counter staff were cold and aloof. Breakfast was horrible with foul-smelling scrambled eggs (that I would not even dream of putting into my mouth for fear of food-poisoning!) and hard rolls, all these served in a character-less function room.
The gym appears to be well-equipped but the treadmills did not function quite properly. When running, one has to face a blank wall with one's back facing the rest of the gym, making one feel very vulnerable. To top it off, not only is free wifi available only at the lobby and 2nd level, I couldn't even get a connection at either place even after seeking help from front-counter staff. After wasting half an hour trying to, I finally gave up. It is unimaginable that a hotel of this category does not offer fast speed free wifi in all rooms. Even smaller hotels now offer free wifi in all rooms. What's more, this is supposedly a business hotel located at the commercial part of Paris so it is ridiculous that the hotel expects people to congregate at the lobby to log in to their computers.
Upon checking-out and while tugging our four luggage towards the front entrance, hotel staff simply stood around and stared at us without offering any help.
We were staying there as part of Trafalgar group tour but were only very glad to shift to St Germain Hotel at Rue Du Bac at the end of the tour to experience true Parisian hospitality and see the real Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Renaissance Paris Hotel La Defense is in the heart of La Defense district of Paris, France. Just next to the Grande Arche de La Defense this Paris hotel is just a few minutes from the capital's famous attractions: only 1 train stops from the Champs-Elysees. Guests can walk from the Renaissance Paris Hotel La Defense to the large shopping center "les 4 Temps" as well as to the CNIT conference center. Whether you come by train, metro or taxi from Paris airports, access to the hotel is easy and for those coming by car there is a private and supervised hotel car park. This upscale hotel provides spacious hotel rooms with Marriott bedding, air conditioning, Internet access, premium TV channels, and in-room safe. For successful conferences and events there are 13 meeting rooms with natural daylight and broadband internet. Hotel guests have free access to the fitness gym. Guests can enjoy traditional French cuisine in the hotel restaurant and a relaxing atmosphere at the Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Paris
- Paris Renaissance