Oasis in the Chaotic District
Before starting my trip, I knew that I would have huge luggage, so I wanted to stay somewhere very close to Gare du Nord where you can reach both Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airport by railway. This hotel is perfect for a person someone like me! Gare du Nord itself is a huge station but once you get out of the station building, the hotel is right there. Even with my short legs and heavy luggage, I managed to reach the hotel in a couple of minutes.
The staff is all fluent in English and friendly. The interior furnishings of all the entrance, lobby, corridor, and room are simple but bright with soft light. I stayed in a room with a double bed by myself. The room should have been roomy enough even for two persons. The bathroom was also very well-equipped (a magnifying mirror was installed there! I think that girls would appreciate it!).
The hotel is in a busy district (no wonder! It?s near the big railway station!), and I was a little afraid that the area might be pretty dangerous. But I didn?t feel any danger while walking to the hotel from the station around 23:30. Also, I hardly heard any noise from the streets in the middle of the night.
Compared to other hotels in Paris, the price of this hotel is rather reasonable, and it has a great value! Its location is perfect! The hotel is a couple of minutes away from Gare du Nord of both the Railway (RER lines) and Metro system (four lines are available at the station). You can reach both the Orly Airport and Charles de Gaulle Airport by RER lines. Needless to say, this allows you to access lots of places in the city using the public transportations.
There are various restaurants and take-away food shops around the hotel. My recommendation is one of the Chinese take-away (). Very very reasonable and delicious!
I felt that the breakfast offered at the hotel was quite big compared to that offered at the hotels in Europe I have stayed. It offers variety of cornflakes, cheese, eggs, hams, bread, yoghurt and jam. What impressed me was a baguette they gave me. If you are in France, it should be very normal to have that for each meal and shouldn?t surprise you at all. But for me, the baguette was very good and stuffed my stomach along with lots of hams and cheese. Good enough to start a day!