The hotel was pleasant, for the price we paid. We had a four bedded suite on the top floor, and while the traffic downstairs was a little noisy, the staff were friendly and were quite accomodating. The lift only takes three people but really, two people's the max. There was a short power outage during our stay but other than that, things were really quite good.
The location was fantastic, given that it was within walking distance to the interchange train station and near to the minimarts where you can get wine and food cheaply.
Unique Quality: The location and price was great!
Directions: Get to Gare du Nord train station and walk down Rue de Dunkerque
Is Gare du Nord area a good area to put up? The attraction is that the stations are near. But just worried that it will be rowdy/unsafe and noisy. Any advice?
In addition, has anyone stayed in Hotel de Bruxelles et du Nord before? Any experiences to share? basically we are looking for a safe, clean, cosy and convenient place to stay in.
Thanks a lot!
Frankly the Gare du Nord area isn't a prime location to stay. In general, train station areas are not the best areas to be located.
However, the only nice hotel I've heard about is the Libertel Terminus Nord located at 12, Boulevard de Denain. It's part of the Libertel hotel chain.
My advise if you insist on staying close, is to pick something around Place de la Republique nearby. Perfectly walkable (or metro) and generally nicer.
The Gare du Nord area is not a rowdy/unsafe, or noisy area. It is just does not have a very nice Parisian ambience, though when you walk a few blocks in any direction, you can experience an interesting part of Paris as well. I stayed at the very reasonable hotel, La Vieille France, which is right across the street from the Gare du Nord, email: la.vieille.France@wanadoo.fr, my first trip to Paris. It was safe and comfortable with nice managers. Since then it has been renovated and is even nicer. I walked all over that area and found much of interest. There is some good shopping to be had there as the area is not expensive and the shops reflect that. I bought a nice heavy turtleneck sweater for $10 (it was February) and a nice pair of tailored slacks for $14 at a store called "Heat Men," 2 locations: 24, Boulevard Poissonniere & 62, Boulevard Sebastopol.
In regards to the store's name, the owner is a big fan of Robert De Niro and named his stores after his film, "Heat," and there are photos of De Niro, etc. in the store.
I wouldn't stay in that area again because there are many other places that I have discovered that I would rather stay. The advantage to that area is that if you have to leave Paris early in the morning, you are right across the street from the Gare du Nord and the hotel that I mentioned has a Metro station at the corner.
As I have said many times, every part of Paris has something to offer.
Have a Magical adventure.
I was answering to another people about the hotel chain Timhotel and i saw that this chain also have an hotel near Gare du Nord. It's called Timhotel Gare du Nord. Their website is www.h-gare-du-nord.com! It doesn't look very expensive..Maybe you can look at it!!!
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