Hilton Paris Defense
2 place de la Defense CNIT (formerly Sofitel)- BP 210, 53 Arr., Paris, Ã?le-de-France, 92053, France
A Little Off the Beaten Path
Our 2nd trip to Paris. The first time I had enough Marriott hotel points to stay 4 nights free of charge in a Marriott facility which I have a review on. This time I had enough Hilton hotel points to stay 3 night free of charge. We actually did spend one night in the heart of Paris and actually spent some of our own dollars for a night at a Paris hotel (GASP!).
Anyway, we arrived at the Hilton La Defense Hotel about 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon (9:30 a.m. - Chicago time) after having left Chicago at 7:15 p.m. the previous evening with a plane transfer in London. I probably napped about an hour on the trans-Atlantic flight but as with all vacations (and especially ones to Europe) was well too excited to really feel tired.
We arrived and because of my Gold Status currently as of this writing with Hilton was upgraded to a Relaxation Room (more later) and a free continental breakfast for 2 each morning (also more later). We checked in, went over to the elevators and lo and behold they were not working. They had just had a test fire alarm prior to our arriving and the elevators were still not back in operation. They offered to have someone carry our bags up a couple of flights, but I figured rather then wait I would start my European trip weight training program.
We got up to the room and there was a sewer type smell coming from the bathroom. I told my wife not to unpack and went downstairs explained the smell and asked to be transferred to another room which they did with no problem. We went 1 floor higher (elevators still not working) and checked into our room overlooking the La Defense area huge courtyard.
Other then these little glitches upon check-in the room, hotel, staff and breakfast buffet were all top-notch.
Unique Quality: The relaxation room from what I gather is a bit bigger then a standard room and has a view of the outside courtyard area rather then the inside area overlooking a shopping mall. The room has a nice size bathroom with a separate tub and shower area. In fact 2 people could take showers in the tub and shower at the same time and see each other through a port hole. (INTERESTING) Also in the bathroom was a full compliment of soap, lotion and hairwash along with a blow dryer, scale, slippers and robes. I told you it was a full service hotel.
The room had nice storage for our bags and clothes. There was also a nice glass topped desk area for my wife and I to spread out our paperwork and books to do a little more organization for our trip. A very comfortable bed, huge HDTV which we turned on for a total of about 15 minutes on our last day to watch some news in French. Also a book on relaxation in French.
The staff was great. I had copies made of our credit card, debit card and passport information which I had forgotten to do before we left. They answered several questions we had and also had a vending machine right around the corner from the main desk where we were able to buy our carnet of Metro train tickets along with a 2 Day French Museum Pass.
The breakfast we had in the morning was just super. Pastries, cheeses, meats, hot meals, coffee, tea, yoghurt, juices, the works. I especially liked the fresh squeezed Blood Orange juice. It was by far our best breakfast experience on the entire trip. It filled us up for the day so that we were ready to tackle everything that Paris had to offer.
Oh and the Metro and RER station is literally right underneath the hotel, although you do have to navigate around a little bit. Also the only entrance to the hotel after a certain hour each evening is through the front door. We came back the first night from the Metro and attempted to go through the mall entrance which obviously was closed. Saw some taxi's around the corner and figured out that is where we needed to go.
Hotel in a shopping centre.
Hotel seemed disconnected, entrances through shopping centres.
Upper levels to get to the reception, breakfast room near the top of the hotel.
Breakfast was ok but not the best from a Hilton chain.Slightly dissappointed there.
Room wasn't particularly comfortable, but we only stayed there to sleep.
Ok for a business hotel but not a romantic break a little out of the city, only conselation was the metro and train station round the corner.
The Grand Arch was something not to be missed at the end of the Champs Elysee.
Unique Quality: Never stayed in a hotel inside a shopping centre before, with views of the shops from the bedroom window.
Tv in the bathroom was a new feature to me, spa bath was nice after treking round Paris all day.
Directions: come out of La Defense, train and metro station, walk up to the Grand Arch, turn right and right again.
We arrived on Valentine's day and it was raining. We winded up taking a siesta when we arrived at the hotel and overslept., woke up around 8PM and just walked around the Eiffel Tower area looking for a nice place to eat. It was V-Day and we thought noone would take us without a reservation. We saw a hilton hotel and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. They took us right away, they gave me a rose for VDay and the FOOD Was delicious. Excellent. Great Staffing and the view of the tower is perfect.
100% Recommend this restaurant in the hilton.
Unique Quality: View of Eiffel Tower
Directions: Cant miss the Hilton!
More about Hilton Paris Defense
Pleasant comfortable stay
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a long weekend just after the New Year in 2006. We found it to be reasonably priced seeing as we were staying in the Business District over a weekend. The hotel entrance was a little tricky to find but we got there in the end. Our room was lovely and bright, clean and large with possibly the comfiest bed I have ever slept in. The hotel is a little far out of the centre but you are only a minute walk to the metro where the trains run every 5 minutes or so and take 10 minutes to take you to the centre of the city. You wouldn't get a hotel like this for the same price in the centre. All in all, we had a fantastic time and it is a great base for your stay if you want clean, comfortable and secure accommodation with friendly staff who cannot do enough to help you. I'd definitely stay there again next time I visit Paris.
Great for business in La Defense area
I have stayed in this Hilton a couple of times when doing business in the La Defense area of Paris. It is a great place for a business traveller to this very business-oriented part of Paris.
The hotel is inside the CNIT exhibition building, right at the center of La Defense near the metro & RER station. This makes it very convenient to get to by public transport (RER from Charles de Gaulle or from the Gare du Nord is swift and straighforward). The hotel itself is bright and modern. The rooms are relatively large and are well-equipped with a good working area with both wired and wireless internet access. The bathrooms are large and well appointed.
Breakfast includes options for continental and for English-style cooked breakfast and offers good choice for €20 and €26 respectively.
The hotel restaurant is a bit pricey for dinner, although there are some alternative restaurants nearby (Hippopotamus right below the hotel is great for steaks).
Many of the major businesses in Paris are within a 10 minute walk of the hotel.
Loved our weekend stay ( but not the breakfast!)
We booked this break online on the Eurostar website, using the Eurostar plus hotel combination. It was a very good deal for the price, we paid £130 pp for two nights accomodation and travel. The hotel is not too out of the way and well connected by metro to all the main sites in central Paris.
The hotel is modern and very impressive as soon as you walk in and the service from the reception staff is excellent. We had a room overlooking the inside of the shopping centre next door. The room was very comfortable and peaceful and perfect for shutting out the world after a long day sightseeing. The bed was massive and you could have easily slept sideways, without your feet hanging over the edge!
The only downside to our stay was the shock we got when we discovered when checking out, that we had paid 20 Euros each for some croissants and a cup of tea, which represented our breakfast. If breakfast is not included in your stay go elsewhere!
Overall though, both the city and the hotel were great. Late November was a fantastic time to visit for the beginning of the christmas markets and lights. We hope to return sometime soon.
Great if you're not hungry or care about leaving the hotel
Hotel was about to go under some refurbishment and be closed the following weekend. So, the restaurant was closed. There's just about NOTHING in the La Defense area for food so you have to ge a cab or the RER or the METRO to go somewhere to eat. Enjoyed a pint in the bar, read the paper and then left to get some food. La Defense is NOT the area if you're looking for something interesting outside your hotel when the workday ends.
Refurbishment work !!!!
The location is superb as a base for seeing the sites of Paris, friendly staff etc.. but what let this hotel down was the constant banging and drilling from the construction work not sure when its due for completion, but worth checking with the hotel as it starts from 7.30AM thru to 5PM and it was impossible to sleep through it. After complaints, the hotel gave us breakfast for our weekend stay free. We stayed 29-6 to 2-7 07.
This is an insult to the Hilton reputation
The staff were most helpful at check-in as they expect a tip for walking you to your room. After that, the service was downhill. Room was very large as compared to other 4star hotels. Room had old type CRT TV with limited channels. Internet access was more expensive than other hotels in Paris and charges you for using fridge to store your own items (computerized and charges by weight in/out). Only get 1 bar of soap for sink not another for shower - basically cheap products and not 4star like. Asked for 2 pairs of slippers (standard in Marriott) and got 1, which they took back during check-out (wonder if reusing for another guest). Air-conditioning and heating were not working properly and difficult to maintain consistent temperature. Hotel undergoing renovations so you hear noise all day. Very far from tourist attractions by Metro (also long walk as La Defense is a big Metro station). Staff speaks English but often gives bad information as they don't know and it's easier to just give a reply even if incorrect. Outrageous charges for laundry and internet usage when compared to other 4star hotels in Paris. Basically, this is ridiculous to call themselves a Hilton as they have such poor customer service after check-in. If you've stayed in American 4 star hotels or other Paris 4 star hotels before you'll be very disappointed even if you get a good bid on Priceline.
we stayed here for a weekend in the first week of July, i had been to to la defense before and had stayed in a different hotel which was also a 4 star, but this hotel was much better, in price, and the room size.
we only stayed here for one night, but was nice and comfortable.
the rooms are quite big, the reception / lobby area is quite modern and great, and we got a good deal also while booking on the hotel website.
The breakfast buffet they serve is also very good.
i would come here again, if we plan to stay in La Defense area.
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Hilton Paris Defense
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Paris Hilton
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Address: 2 place de la Defense CNIT (formerly Sofitel)- BP 210, 53 Arr., Paris, Ã?le-de-France, 92053, France