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Timhotel Boulogne Rives De Seine
Reviewed 30 November 2012

This has to be one of the worst, if not the worst hotel that I've stayed at in Paris. Thankfully, my fiance and I only had to stay there for one night but man was it a brutal one - no air conditioning and no fans at the desk, our room was pretty damn hot making sleeping difficult. To add more salt the wounds, the 'bathroom' is the size of an airplane restroom and is one of the old-school all-in-one deals where the toilet and the shower, alongside the sink have no separation whatsoever except for a meager curtain. The room was tiny and they didn't have twin beds, instead they had two single beds pushed together. Both beds kept separating from each another.

Honestly this hotel is just plain awful. The rates aren't competitive at all, at 80 euros a night and it's not near the subway either (it's about 10-15 minutes walking from the closest stop). There's just a bus and that's about it.

Oh and our rate didn't include breakfast either and there was barely any room for our bags. This is pretty much as close to a hostel as you can get and yet they charge hotel rates. No thanks.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

What a change from the often surly faced staff you tend to see in a budget hotel. Everyone I encountered - day and night reception, kitchen and room cleaning staff - were all so friendly and polite, congratulations to whoever's responsible for recruiting them. This plus what I thought was a great value 11 euro breakfast - cereals, ham,cheese, fruit, yoghourt, spreads, and fresh baguettes/ plain and choclolate croissants with coffee/tea/juice plus refills if needed - made me decide to give 4 star. It's only two star hotel rating I assume because of things already mentioned in some reviews (the dated furnishing, all- in- one compact bathroom unit and smallish rooms with thinnish walls, and timed switches in the hallways) but i was really only there to sleep and breakfast before going into the centre of Paris so it was fine. I'd never stayed this far from centre before but it wasn't a problem and you felt less like a tourist and more that you were staying in a community. I'd happily stay here again. Lots of bars and brasseries, sushi, pizza places around the metro station area in particular and even a McDonalds and KFC and useful supermarkets on same street as hotel

I found best way to get there from CDG was RER line B3 to Gare du Nord, Line 4 metro to Strasbourg St Denis and line 9 to Marcel Sembat then 10 min walk to hotel, just get the 'train to Paris' ticket which was 9.25 euros and includes all train travel inc metro for 2 hours after first barrier.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Me and a friend stayed in this hotel from the 15th-18th may 2012! the hotel itself is around 1.5 hrs from the airport (CDG) and consists of getting on 3 tubes which was a pain, however if you have been to london it is very similar. the hotel room was pretty small and the shower looked like a something that should have been in a university dorm. however as we are both students we didnt really mind, even tho it was small it was a power shower and it had hot water all you need really! the hotel is around 20 mins from the effiel tower and under 40 mins to the notre dame. the restaurants around the hotel are okay I suppose a lot of chinese take aways and not a lot of french food which was a downer. however we didnt spend most of our time in central paris and only needed the room to sleep. the beds were comfortable and clean and it was good quality for money, unless you are super fussy then i guess this isnt for you :) other than that i probs would stay again and there was an american receptionist called Kim who was very friendly and chatful!!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

Although located not too badly, this hotel is in need of an upgrade. We stayed in a double room on the 4th floor. As always, the room is small, but the carpet is in need of replacement, and there is mold below the bathroom door. The bathroom is a contained unit, it works, but is old. There is only 1 mirror in the entire room, and that is in the bathroom. There wall space for another one, but...
The beds are comfy singles.
There is free wifi throughout the hotel which is bonus in European hotels, many charge for this. The breakfast is continental, but certainly suffices for the morning.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Typical "older" European hotel in style and size but what a great location! I quick walk gets the traveler to the Marcel Sembat Metro station. Along the way is a great selection of small shops, patisseries, banks and groceries. The rooms were clean but small. The bathroom was particularly tiny - I think the bathroom in my horse trailer is larger - but it was sufficient. I think the crown piece of this location is the staff. Everyone was friendly and helpful and made us welcome.

Room Tip: Pack light! The lift is VERY small.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

I have stayed in this hotel numerous times, always a positive experience. This is a great hotel if your looking for a reasonable price and a nice place to stay. Staff are friendly, bedrooms are clean, bathrooms are nice, quiet neighbour hood and safe! 5-10 min walk to the metro but this is common in Europe! Relatively close to the centre of Paris. Lots of small shops around the area too. I wouldn't recommend breakfast though, lots of bakeries around the area, all very good!

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 October 2007

Booked a long weekend (2 nights) away with a friend through lastminute from London included return Eurostar for £180 each. We were looking for somewhere close to a metro station, cheap and clean. On those three requirements this hotel met the mark.

We had nothing to complain about the hotel room although small (but hey you are in Paris), the shower was excellent.

My only negative comment was the location - about a 7-10min walk from the metro and once on the metro about a 15 min journey into say the Effiel Tower. But for the price that what I was expecting.

The street which the hotel is located has a good supply of stores and pastry shops if you need a quick bite to eat.

We got a taxi from Gard de Nord to this hotel and it cost 20euros which is good value.

Would recommend to anyone who does not want to spent time in your hotel and needs a place to rest and sleep. There area is safe (two female travellers), and a decent Irish pub opposite the Metro which stayed open until around 3am for those up for a big night close to the hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Timhotel Boulogne Rives De Seine

Address: 251 boulevard Jean Jaures, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France (Formerly Balladins Boulogne-Billancourt Superior)
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Hauts-de-Seine > Boulogne-Billancourt
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #21 of 24 Hotels in Boulogne-Billancourt
Price Range: £34 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Timhotel Boulogne Rives De Seine 2*
Number of rooms: 51
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