Good Value for Money!
Just returned from a 5 night stay in the Ibis Berthier, together with my husband and a 5 yr old child. We were hesitant after reading some of the comments about this Hotel, however we found out that this is a very good hotel offering all the necessary facilities and services.
Rooms are quite small for 3 or 4 persons, but adequate, considering we only stayed in the rooms during the night. Food was good - breakfast sufficient and dinner (we took a half board package with a group) was good value for money.
Hotel is located a couple of metres away from the metro and within easy walking distance one can buy drinks and light snacks including fruit from small shops (that are far much cheaper than buying them from the Hotel).
Staff were always very helpful. Every member of staff has a different national flag against the name tag identifying what language is to be used to communicate. All we had to do is to look for members of staff having a British flag next to their names and we could communicate excellently!
In brief - a good standard hotel - very clean and good location. If we decide to travel again to Paris, we will not hesitate to stay again in the Ibis Berthier.
As an American, I was made to feel very uncomfortable. First of all, very few staff members speak English and those that do, speak very poorly. I speak a very little bit of French and had to try to make do with that as much as possible. None of the other 4 Americans I travelled with spoke any French and had an even harder time.
The rooms are ok (not great but typical of inexpensive European hotels) - rooms on the Eiffel Tower side have a nice view, especially at night.
I had requested laundry service for a sweater that I had stained on the first day of a 5 day stay and had trouble locating the sweater. After 2 days, it was finally found and when I got my final bill I was charged twice for the cleaning, once on the day I should have gotten it back and another on the day I got it back. I had to speak with several people before they finally located the sweater although the person who found it indicated that the sweater was where it should have been all along.
Don't bother leaving messages for guests - they (sometimes) put the name of the guest for whom the message is left on a white board to the left and behind the reception and expect the guests to check the whiteboard. Voicemail in the rooms does not appear to work either since neither of the two messages I left were received by the guests. There was no notification to either of them that there even was a voicemail.
The breakfast is ok, again typical of an inexpensive European hotel. At least they have separate dining areas for regular guests and tour groups.
I never saw anyone working at the concierge desk but there were brochures there.
The lines at the reception/front desk were always very long - make sure to leave enough time at checkout!
It's definitely a good idea to go to the lowest level of the hotel to walk out through (and in through) the tour group/bus entrance and parking area instead of hiking up and down the driveway which is very steep, especially for women in heels.
The location gives you a nice flavor of the city if you'd like to see the real Paris instead of the most touristy places - I never felt uncomfortable on the streets after dark although we always went out in groups of at least 2. The Metro is close by and takes you everywhere. There are several bistros nearby also that were very good.
I would only return to this hotel if I had to do business at the same office which was very nearby. I would not recommend it to any tourists, especially Americans.
Good hotel for budget travellers
I and my wife stayed in this hotel for four nights in Oct 2003 during our ten night trip through France, whcih we stared with the four nights in Paris. We had reserved this hotel through United Vacations as part of airfare + hotel package, and this was the cheapest option they offered.
Location: A bit out of the way. But I am very interested in public transport networks in general, so I enjoyed going everyhwre using the Metro and RER (Suburban trains). The location does take up some time for your daily "commute" into the city center, but it was not a big issue for us.
Arriving: Being my first trip to Europe, and not sure what to expect, we elected to buy shared minibus rides from CDG to the hotel. We were pleasantly were surprised to find ourselves the only two passengers in the minibus, and were dropped off at the hotel very quickly. Of course, this was offseason. Price was steep ($28 per person, if I remember correctly).
Staff: We are very undemanding travellers, so we rarely hav anything negative to say about hotel staff. The ones here were helpful, gave us a map and explained how to get to various destinations.
Room: Very small. I was expecting small, but I was aback at how small!! Redeeming feature was that we were high up overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Pretty sight at night. Small did not bother me much after an hour or so. Things were neatly arranged so that there was space for everything. We also travel very light, cabin bags only. The bathroom was adequate.
Breakfast: Fairly ok, as noted by others. Very crowded on some days when the huge tour groups were in. Looks like this hotel gets a lot of business through tour groups. No problem. There was always room available for two somewhere in the dining room. Some reviewer mentioned seperate dining rooms for tour groups and individuals, but I did not notice that.
Neighborhood: Very non-tourisy, working class. Felt very comfortable (safe), though not speaking any French, it was a bit difficult to shop, order food, etc.
Food: There are small grocery stores along the walk from the metro station (Brochant) to the hotel. Buy your fruits and bottled water from such stores. There is also a Chinese take-away place on the way from the Metro. You could eat on remises upstairs or take to hotel. We ate there a couple of nights, and it was quite good. The neighborhood also has some north African cuisine, but we did not try.
Getting around: We had the Paris Visete card, which we used extensively. Hardly any place in central paris is more than a short walk from the nearest Metro/RER train station.
It was a great start to our France trip. I expect to stay at this same place in any future visit to this fascinating city.
Would stay here again
I enjoyed staying at the hotel. The reception could become crowded at times and it didn't make sense to take two different elevators to get to your room from the group parking garage but overrall well worth the money. The staff was extremely helpful. The staff went out of their way to make sure my room was to my liking and even giving me directions to certain attractions throughout the city. A member of security even walked me to the subway to give me directions on how to get to the airport cheaply. I was able to understand their English very well and even picked up some French in our conversations.
Great American style hotel
We really enjoyed our stay in this hotel. It is close to bakeries and grocers. This our 2nd time to Paris, so it was not necessary to stay in the very centre of the city. It only takes 15 min by metro to get to the centre. We found the restaurants more reasonable in this area and still tasty. I really liked staying in a big hotel compared to the cramped european style. Nice to have room to turn around in the bathroom. The pool and workout area was nice but I was surprised it was a surcharge of 8 euro each time. I would stay there again..
Hotel with indoor parking
In August im going to visit Paris by car.
I am looking for a nice hotel in the city with an indoor carpark.
It would be nice to find a mid-range hotel..
Re: Hotel with indoor parking
Have you looked at the ACCOR web site ? I have used IBIS a few times and you probably know what they are like but some of their hotels have parking.
For example there is one at Porte de Clichy which is on the Metro called :
Hotel Ibis Paris Berthier Porte de Clichy
This has indoor parking but you can look through the ACCOR web site for ideas. i think this hotel and other IBIS has special deals in August.
Go to http://www.accorhotels.com and in the Search box at the top use : Paris parking and see a list ?
Re: Hotel with indoor parking
There is plenty of monitored, underground parking all over Paris and certainly near almost any hotel. The drawback is cost.
Here is a list of most of what is available: