More about Eiffel Segur
Satisfied, had a comfortable stay
My wife and I stayed in a double at the Hotel Eiffel Segur for 2 days in January and we had a comfortable stay. If you are looking for a decent hotel at a moderate price it is a good bet.
The hotel is located near the Eiffel tower, about 2-3 blocks from two different metro stops (Segur and Cambronne), and there are various shops and restaurants nearby.
We stayed on the fourth floor and had a view of the upper part of the Eiffel tower and of Les Invalides. Also it was neat that we could see Sacre Coer behind the Invalides (though it was tiny at that distance). The windows opened easily and were well insulated. They also had nice drapes that allowed for more privacy at night and less light coming in in the morning.
The room also had a flat screen television with around 20 channels all in various languages: English, French, Italian, and Spanish. This was great for us and provided some viewing material in the evenings.
The room had a walk in area, closet, bathroom, and bedroom which was separated from the other rooms by another door. It wasn't loud at all at night and honestly I never heard another person's door closing though our floor was full (perhaps we had quiet neighbors). We are used to larger hotels in the US and Latin America, and for those standards this room was moderately sized. Despite this we had more than enough room for our two bags and space to keep our clothes and some food. On the other hand when compared to other 3 star Hotels in Paris it was good sized for the price and I was very happy with this.
The bathroom was very modern, clean (very important for us), and well stocked. It had a hair dryer, a 110v US plug for electric shavers, a good working shower and tub with reliable hot water , a modern European toilet, and a spacious sink.
The thermostat in the room was electric and very modern. It was easy to set and effectively kept the room warm which was great during the winter days/nights.
The breakfast buffet was decent, and it is only 6 euros per meal on the room bill. It was easy to just head down to the basement each morning instead of going out in the cold and paying more at a cafe or the corner grocer for that matter. I took full advantage of the food :-) (croissants, toast, yogurt, cheese, cereal, coffee, milk, tea, orange juice, hard/soft boiled eggs, bananas, etc.). I've had other bead and breakfast meals in Paris and they weren't as diverse in their selection of food/drinks. There are small tables for breakfast, but it's about the same as the size of tables in a standard cafe in Paris. Also it was reasonable that the hotel won't add the very small breakfast cost to the bill if you don't eat the breakfast there. They keep tabs to make sure nobody is charged if they don't eat at the hotel.
I enjoyed the receptionist staff and the waitress at the breakfast, they were very kind and polite people. The receptionist called us a taxi to the airport when we left and also was able to provide information about the nearby area (stores, telephones, and bank machines). Both receptionists (day and night) spoke English as well as French, I also spoke Spanish with the one in the morning.
The only thing I guess I would have liked would have been a laptop for rent (since I didn't bring my personal computer to use the hotel internet connection).
Overall the hotel was reliable in it's service and it was a fine place to stay. I would stay here again if I wanted to be near the Eiffel tower, Les Invalides, or the Rodin Museum.
Cheap hotel that doesn't have you looking for roaches
My wife and I were touring some cities in Europe this summer, and it was difficult finding a decently priced hotel in Paris. We settled on the Eiffel Segur. It was relatively easy to find being a block away from the Segur Metro stop. It is a no frills hotel. If you like room service, an elevator that takes you to your floor (this one stops between floors midway up a spiral staircase landing), and elevator that can fit more than a single person with luggage, and a large room, then look elsewhere.
I'll preface this by saying we had a pleasant time at the hotel. A hotel for us is really a place to retreat to for some rest while on vacation, and this place served its purpose. The room was kept clean, the bathroom seemed relatively newly updated, and there is free internet access there. The room was very small, but that was already expected. The building itself could be described as charming, and it is quite easy to be cramped in a big city without any charm, so that is a pro for this place.
It is located in a decent area. There are some decent eateries around, it's close to the Metro if that's your thing, and walking isn't a huge pain. We like to walk when touring a city, and walking to the typical tourist spots like Saint Chapelle, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, the Eiffel, Rodin museum, etc wasn't that bad. It may be a little far for some folks to navigate foreign city streets, but none of that is more than 2-3 miles away; some much closer. Walking to Sacre Couer is out of the question though.
We had some problems with checkout. They said I hadn't paid when in actuality I had prepaid. I was forced to pay again or miss my train to the next city arguing with the guy at the front desk. I was planning for a battle with Best Western when I got home, but I saw they refunded the double charge on their own 2 days after my stay.
All in all, it was a good experience.
watch your belongings
my friend and i have planned our trip to paris to celebrate our 50th birthday for a few years. we chose this hotel because being a best western we felt it would be comfortable. the room itself was small just as we expected and it was fairly comfortable. the trouble began when we came back to our room and found some of our belongings missing. from that point on we had to carry anything with any value with us everyday. we also left a the sign on the door not to clean our room. i rather do it myself than to have my things gone. however, every day when we came back the room had been entered and somewhat cleaned. when we reported this at the desk we were told they now had a new maid and there shouldn't be a problem. i just assumed the maid had been fired. when we returned home i contacted best western about our incident and was told to e-mail charlotte jensen at the hotel at which i got quite an ugly rply from her. best western nor this hotel has been any help with this matter. looking back i wish i had just chosen a parisian hotel and took my chances. what a bad experience but to make matters worse, the way i have been treated by best western and this hotel.. now i see from one of the other reviews that someone else had trouble with money they had left for a tip missing yet their room had not been cleaned. well. m. jensen perhaps you at the least owe me an apology'''
The hotel is one of the smallest I've ever visited and I know, that small isn't always bad, but in this case it is!
Out of 5 receptionists (during the weekend...) only one spoke fair english - the rest didn't - and it took me three days to convince them, that the stay should be paid by my companycard and not cash..
As I said in the beginning, the place is small - it's actually hard to get around in your room and I couldn't get to the windows, since the bed took up all the space (and I was told, that I wasn't even in the smallest size room....). Must say, that it's kept clean and inviting and the toilet/bath is in mint condition, but on the other hand, it doesn't take much cleaning with those few square meters!
Breakfast is average, but after breakfast the food supply is limited to peanuts and coke... No bar or restaurant on the premisis - just a mashine in the reception area!
There are plusses though...the location, if you wan't to be near to the major sights by foot!
Straight across the street (under the Metro...) is Avenue de Segur and it leads straight down to Hotel des Invalides (the army museum and Napoleon Bonaparte's sarcophagus). It only takes 10 min. The Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars and Trocadero is only 15 min. away to the NW and you can reach Avenue des Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe in 25 min.
So the location isn't bad - just the hotel!
If you reach the hotel or the area by train from CDG or Orly, stop at Denfert Rochereau and change to the metroline #6 towards Étoile and get off at Cambronne and it's a 2 minutes walk to the hotel (opposite direction).
The area is full of nice restaurants - Royal Cambronne, El Bacha and Aux Artistes, just to name a few, and they are all fairly inexpencive (a set meal with wine is about €25).
Enjoy your stay in Paris!
This is not a three-star hotel.
How this hotel got three stars is something of a mystery. The rooms are so diminutive that in one of the three we had, it was not possible to get a medium-sized suitcase around the bed and over to the closet. Bathrooms likewise were so small that it was impossible to bend over in the shower. We have stayed in small Paris hotels before, but this was extreme. For the hotel to say that rollaway beds may be available is a joke, since there is no where to put one.
The hotel itself is dark and somewhat run-down. Breakfast is served in a cramped basement room, is of indifferent quality and is not included in the room rate. The patio described in the hotel literature is furnished with one plastic lawn chair and appears to be the front yard of a home situated behind the hotel. The "coffee and tea-making facilities" consist of an electric kettle, two disposible plastic cups and a tray with a packet of instant coffee and a tea bag.
The location is not especially charming, being on a grimy (even for Paris) and characterless main artery along which an elevated section of the Metro runs. On the plus side, it is convenient, although not to the Eiffel Tower, which is a 30 minute walk away. There are some niceish restaurants within walking distance, and a laundramat right next door.
Do not let the hotel staff book a cab for you here. We did this (at the hotel clerk's insistence) and found ourselves in an unlicensed cab which took an extremely circuitous route to Charles de Gaulle (took over an hour with no traffic) and charged us 75 euros for a trip that we were told would cost 50.
Needless to say, we would not stay here again and would not recommend this hotel to anyone. There are far nicer hotels in Paris for the same price.
Perfectly adequart hotel
After seeing some of the reviews, I was more than worried about what we had let ourselves in for so I'm not sure if it was the bad thinking beforehand that made our stay pefectly adequart. We had a hotel room on the 4th floor, it looked newly decorated and had a nice bath room with a bath, it was clean and we had space for a suitcase and a bag!!
The area was ideal to catch the metro and had some nice
restaurants within walking distance.
My only complaint was the breakfast seemed expensive for what you get so we didn't bother but for a city break in the heart of Paris and for the money you pay, this is a nice hotel.
Disappointing at Best!
Stayed 4 nights on business. The room are very thin and the hotel itself was very quite noisy. The elevators stop between floors, which means you are listening to everyone drag luggage up or down stairs to get to their rooms. There was absolutely no privacy as I heard everything that went on the neighboring rooms yes including your conversations.
The night time person unable or unwilling to assist me with internet and phone issues, which was later resolved by the day staff. I was also charged 15 euro just to call a taxi or risk staying there! Taken advantage of would be a better way to phrase this one. The room itself was quite small and the sheets were not very clean, the shower was even smaller then I had ever seen in my travels. I would have expected better from Best Western, but clearly you do not even get what you paid for at this place. Buyers beware!!
The hotel was great for location,very friendly staff,nice breakfast, very clean. The hotel is a typical paris building which made it more romantic for us, great value for money....i recommend it to all !
I think that hotel ranks low in value for money ratio .
Rooms are just ok, rather small and in need of a good renovation.
View , at least from my window was boring. I do not think that there are any rooms with good view, judging from the hotel`s surroundings.
Its location is about 10 min walk from Eiffel Tower and 50 min walk from the centre of paris . Hence it is a good incentive for those of you who like to walk a lot. Even if you do not belong to this category, metro station is very near.
Staff is friendly .
But overall , i would ask for more at the rates charged.
I spent the weekend of my birthday in this hotel. I was pleasantly surprised by the room because when booking online you never really know what you will get, but I was pleased (price, room and location). The room was small, but I expected that seeing as I was coming from a hotel in London. The bathroom was small but clean; lots of towels and a hair dryer. The tile was a pretty blue and white, and the shower was quite nice with good pressure.
The room was neat, clean and very cool. After I turned off the A/C I was more comfortable. My room had a flat panel screen tv, good lighting and a double bed. The duvet was thick and soft. I had the room in the center on the second floor, so of course I heard the comings and goings of others, but I wasn't bothered by it. The view wasn't the best (Metro tracks and street below), but then I wasn't there for room view. The drapes were thick and cut outside noise. I had a comfortable night's sleep.
The receptionist was very nice, She was helpful when I asked for direction/distant to the Eiffel Tower and later for a Metro/RER map. There was no fuss checking in or out.
With Metro stations near by, the Eiffel Tower and park less than a fifteen minute walk, and lots of markets/cafes/resturants nearby this was an ideal place for me to stay...and would stay again!
View from the 2nd Floor
An interesting shop...
from across Quai G. Clémenceau
Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon
have limited internet access so hoping to get some help.
what's the easiest way to get from gare du nord to gare de lyon? if by train, would appreciate info on which train to take, direction, train changes if any, approximate travel time and price.
just for comparison, how long will it take to go by taxi and how much?
need the approximate travel times because trying to figure out how much time to allocate between arriving at gare du nord and the next trip departing from gare de lyon.
travelers are senior citizens so also trying to find out the easiest way to get there.
Re: Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon
It is only about 3 miles between the two gares. A taxi is easiest and depending on time and traffic the fare is relatively modest. Extra for bags, there is a taxi queue outside gare du nord. One can take the RER D line (in Paris central the RER effectively works as a metro train) from gare du nord to gare du lyon. Traveling by metro in Paris is generally no big deal, but obviously one has to deals with the ups and downs of the metro. Sometimes escalators and/or elevators are available. If it is during peak hour, getting in and out of a crowded metro can be demanding. Karl
Re: Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon
If you are not carrying a lot of bags, the transfer time between the Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon using the RER train is calculated as 15 minutes, of which 8 minutes is the actual train ride between the two stations. The rest is walking along the interminable tunnels and passages to get to and from the sub-surface stations at each place. The cost would be €1,60.
Oh and allow some time at the Gare du Nord to buy a ticket, as every time I go there it seems that only one or two machines are working and a whole train load of Eurostar passengers has just arrived! And don't buy a ticket from the shady characters who hang around the machines, as they sell tickets that have already been used and are thus invalid.
Re: Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon
taxi will be easiest, but more expensive ...about 15 euro in 2008, but the big catrch is the time you may have to queue for a taxi at Gare du Nord....easily 30 minutes if Eurostar arrival coincides with your arrival...allow 1.5 hours I suggest espec for seniors, maybe 2 as they are likely to be anxious
Re: Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon
We're seniors and we always take the train. It's very easy, no connections. Get RER D at Gare du Nord and go in the direction of Melun. If you are in doubt about whether you are getting on the correct train, ask someone at the station. They are particularly helpful to seniors in our experience.
You simply stay on the train until Gare de Lyon and you are there. No changes, nothing peculiar. Cost is 1.60 euros per person for one ticket and takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
You can plug in your times at http://www.ratp.info/informer/anglais/index.php and be sure to search from Station to Station to get the times of the trains. It's in English.
If these folks are handicapped, they should take a taxi, but I suspect if they were handicapped, you would have mentioned it and not be asking about trains.
Hope they enjoy their trip.
Re: Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon
thank you very much to everybody for your very helpful replies, i appreciate it. will be weighing the two options. will get back soon as i can go online again. thanks!