I stayed here last week over a span of four days (Friday- Monday) for a quick Parisian trip. My friend is an IBIS business member and so suggested the hotel.
1. Super close to Metro Stop Esplanade de la Defense (Line 1). It is literally across the street. You will exit the hotel, turn right, climb the stairs that are directly in front of you, walk on the bridge veering to the left, go down the flight of stairs and viola! You are at Esplanade de la defense metro stop. M1 will take you to downtown (Champs Elysees, Louvre, George V etc.). Very convenient. You also have the RER A line close by. it is about a 15 minute walk towards the Arc. Might feel longer if you have tons of luggage.
Getting here via train from CDG: About a 45 minute ride to/from the Airport. Take the RER B line from Charles de Gaulle airport to Chatlet les Halles, then take M1 line to Esplanade de la defense. When I arrived in Paris, the train workers were on strike. So I rode the RER B from Airport to Gare du Nord. Changed to the M4 to Chatlet Les Halles. Then took M1 to Esplanade de la Defense. If you are coming from Orly, you can do RER B then connect to the RER A and just walk down to the hotel. FYI the Paris metro has a trip planner and you can also use that to find your way around!
2. Free Wifi (but if my phone locked for more than 5 minutes, I had to sign up again. Pretty annoying).
3. Comfortable beds. But here's a warning... the king bed is actually two completely separate twin beds with two different comforters. You can separate them to have your own space, if you wish. As a couple though, you might have an interesting time "cuddling" because the beds will keep separating in the middle HA-HA. Anyways, we simply asked the maid to 'make the beds together' the next day and problem was solved. Otherwise, one of you will keep slipping in between the beds:).
4. Our room was very clean.
5. There is AC in the room that you can control and make it as hot, warm, or cold as you like. I see a few people here saying there is none, so am not sure if some rooms have one and some don't.
6. There is a mall about 15 minutes stroll with shopping and restaurants. Most of the restaurants there close by 11ish.
7. Pretty safe neighborhood.
1. BASIC hotel. I'm talking basic! No fancy found here. They have very very thin bath towels (No face wash towels BTW). They have a bottle of an all over wash for your hair, face, body. They also have the same one by the sink for hand washing. I had my own supplies so the non availability of products didn't bother me. But I hated the towels!
2. No iron, no blow drier.
3. This is a pro and con for me. Pro is they do have breakfast available for about 9.50Euros. Con because its the same thing everyday- croissants, cheeses, breads, juices, coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt etc. I was just about over it after the 3rd day. By the way, it ends at 10 am. If you are a late sleeper....well too bad. The restaurant also has some stupid hours. I arrived around 2pm and I couldn't get lunch because they were closed. pffffft. Really?
4. This hotel is in the business district. This means its pretty much dead after the sun goes down. If you don't like OR want to take the train to the fun spots you might as well stay somewhere close to the city. You can see Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees from the bridge by the hotel but no, its not walkable.
FYI: to turn the lights on in the room, put your room key in the little white box by the door. The lady who checked me in didn't tell me and I stood there wondering what the heck I had gotten myself into. They also have a little lounge area by the check in counter where you can have a drink or a snack , watch a bit of TV, and/or mingle with other travelers.
Overall it was an OK stay. Next time, I would probably stay closer to the city. But if you want to stay in a hotel in a very quiet area at nights and mornings, this might be for you. Great area if you are on business travel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Paris La Défense Centre hotel is located in the heart of Paris' La Défense area, not far from the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Porte Maillot convention center, and is close to the CNIT and the Grande Arche. The Esplanade de la Défense metro station lies opposite, providing access to the Eiffel Tower in just ten minutes. The hotel offers 286 renovated, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access. ... more less
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