Hotel France Albion
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel France Albion Paris
Agree with positive reviews
I found a three nights for the price of two deal on ---- and was a bit worried, but I'm happy to report that the reviews on this page were reliable. It's a no-frills moderate hotel, but in such an expensive city, a great value. Our room was clean, recently renovated, and small only by American standards. Bathroom was great. Street was reasonably quiet and air conditioning worked. Breakfast is fairly generous and the cellar room was cool looking. The staff spoke English and were very helpful. The website photos accurately represent the place.
Clean and comfortable
My sister and I stayed here for three nights in August 2005 and found the France Albion to be pleasant, but not as great as many of the reviews here had led me to expect.
Very clean, especially the simple, spotless bathroom;
Comfortable double bed (although a little on the small side);
Close proximity to three metro stops (St Georges, Notre Dame de Lorette, Le Peletier);
Excellent air conditioning;
Great water pressure in the shower.
The area isn't as lovely as I was expecting from the reviews here - as two young females walking around at night we felt a bit vulnerable (although I would have felt fine with my boyfriend), and there wasn't really that much in the way of boulangeries, patiseries, etc for breakfast (mainly just 'old men' bars);
No storage apart from one wardrobe (absolutely no drawers or cupboards);
The correspondence between the photos on the website and the actual rooms was low, and quite disappointing.
The lift was broken for a day while we were staying; we were on the 2nd floor so this wasn't a problem, but it looked like there were around 10 floors, so I'm not sure how much fun that was for the guests staying on the upper floors!
Overall, this is a clean, comfy place to stay and I recommend it for couples and families needing somewhere quiet and accessible. However, for those hoping for a romantic stay in a cute hotel in a gorgeous area, this is not really the hotel for you - try to find somewhere in the Marais instead.
Excellent value in an expensive city
Considering this is a 2 * it is excellent. Rooms are comfortable and very clean, bathrooms well appointed with powerful showers. Air conditioning works well which is essential in the Paris heat. Hotel is within easy walking distance of Galeries Lafeyette and Printemps so we shopped til we dropped. It is also within a 15 minute walk (in heels) from Gard du Nord so no need to wait in the huge taxi queue when you arrive on Eurostar. Breakfast is very nice but I would not have paid 12 euros for it (see our 1 complaint). We only have 1 complaint, on departure the hotel tried to charge for breakfast which was included in our Eurostar package, they did this not on check out but by running down the street after us after we had checked out. This was after we had spent 35 mins in our room waiting for a taxi that reception had forgotten to order. We were not impressed by this but even though this happened we would happily recommend the hotel to others as it was excellent value and so easy for all the sites, the shops and the metro. It is far better than your average 2*.
With my husband I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights, 21-24 July 2005. It absolutely is a lovely hotel. Conveniently located in the 9th arrondissement, a 10 minutes walk to Montmartre (18 arondissement) and to 'les grand magasins' and the Opera.
The area is quiet, with some nice shops and restaurants around. When arriving at Gare du Nord it is aprox a 15 minute walk. Most of this route is down hill, so one can walk it easily even with a suitcase.
Note: Metro station Notre Dame de Lorette is closed until mid September 2005. However Station St. George is only a 50 meter walk from the hotel. And also station Le Pelletier, were you can hop on another line is only a few minutes walking.
Staff are very friendly and the rooms were well kept with good amenities, a hairdryer and tissues. We had a street view, no noise during the night due to double glazed windows. We aprreciated the airconditiong though not during the night due to noise (water running).
The breakfast is good. You will be able to choose from cheese (port salut), ham, various marmelades, honey, fruit, yoghurts and fresh cheese, eggs and some hot dishes. When you have an eye for romance you will absolutely like the cellar were breakfast is served! Note: it is not cold in this cellar, you don't need a cardigan in the summer period.
I can absolutely recommend this hotel! They do a fine job. Two tumbs up for Hotel France Albion.
Just arrived back from a week's stay at Hotel France Albion in Paris. I enjoyed the hotel. The reception was friendly and most spoke excellent English.
The hotel seemed recently renovated and my bathroom was roomy. A large bath/shower, sink, and toilet. We had BBC on the TV the first few nights which was helpful for the weather, but after that only the French stations came in. Rooms are airconditioned.
There is breakfast for 12 Euros, but I didn't try it. Rue des Martyrs is the next street with a myriad of bakeries, produce, butcher shops, etc. The area seemed mainly residential and we saw very few tourists which we enjoyed. It's very close to Montmarte and it definately is possible to walk to Sacre Coeur, which we did, however, it is mostly up hill. It's very close to two metro lines. The St. Georges and Notre Dame de Lorette stops on the 12 line are each less than a block away an the Le Peletier stop on the 7 line is only two blocks away.
There seemed to a internet/business access area in the lobby, but I didn't use it and I'm not sure if there was a fee associated with it. There was a sign about WiFi in the rooms, but it seemed expensive. The also sell stamps at the desk. The elevator is a typical small European hotel elevator and was functional.
I'd definately stay here again.
Excellent choice of hotel
My wife and I (both in our 60's) together with two married friends (also in their 60's) stayed at this hotel in April 2005. It really cannot be faulted. The bedrooms were clean and well equipped (No tea/coffee facilities but the bar right next door is super) and the en-suite bathrooms were extremely clean.
The bathrooms were fully supplied with soaps/towels and complimentary products. The lift worked every time. Staff were very pleasant and helpful and all spoke good English but appreciated me trying my schoolboy French Ummm.....!!
The breakfast may appear to be expensive at 12 euros but there is plenty of everything - both hot and cold and it really sets you up for the day Go for it.
Location is very good - walking distance to everywhere and with 2 Metro Stations within 200 yards no problems in getting around. About a 20 minute walk from Gare du Nord with Suitcases etc.
We will be going back to this hotel and I will recommend it to anyone who wishes to stay in Paris.
Pleasant little hotel
Took my niece here last year to celebrate the end of school. We liked it. Located on a reasonably quiet street (there are a couple of clubs but they looked respectable) and near a metro. Rooms are strangely English in decor - a kind of Laura Ashley country cottage feel, complete with beams! (on the top floor), but very clean and neat. Good bathroom for the price. A big plus is the air conditioning, quite unusual in this price range and a big plus in mid-summer. My only minus point would be the breakfast - served in a rather dingy room by a very daffy girl who forgot everything - much better to head out for some croissants and a bucket of cafe au lait on a cafe terrace...
Great place to stay in Paris
The Hotel France Albion served me and my wife very well. We stayed there for 5 days. It is extremely clean and well taken care of. The staff could not be nicer. All of them were great english speakers and also good french teachers. Everything was recently remodeled and the location is great! The rooms were nice/warm and comfortable. It is located right in between two metro stations, which makes it extremely easy and convenient to get in, out and around. It is also surrounded by small market places with good wine and fresh fruits for the end of the day. We had a great time there and highly recommend Hotel France Albion for anyone looking into a good time in Paris for a very reasonable price.
Greate & lovely place
Me & my husband were staying in this hotel for four nights in March and were very pleased with the room and service. It is very clean and comfortable, the bathroom was the best we've ever seen in hotels we stayed in. The breakfast is very good as well and consist of a lot of choices: breads, croissants, cheese, ham, bacon, potatoes, eggs, omelets, coffee, etc.
The hotel is very close to all major attractions. 10 minutes walk to Opera Garnier, 20 min. to Louvre, 10 min. from Moulin Rouge. If you don't like to walk there is a metro station just seconds away from the hotel. The staff is very nice and helpful, trying to make your stay most pleasant.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and will stay there again.
A great hotel in central Paris
My wife and I just returned from Paris where we spent our last two nights at the Hotel France Albion. We were referred to this hotel by a competitior hotel close by, and were very satisfied with every aspect of the hotel. The receptionist went out of her way to fulfil every request. The room was great, and due to the late summer heat in Paris this year, the air conditioning was essential. We has previously stayed at another hotel in the area without air conditioning, and trying to sleep in a hot room with just a fan to blow the hot air around just dosen't suffice.
The hotel is close to the Opera, and a block away from the Metro - so close access to the rest of the sights in this beautful city. There is an optional small buffet breakfast with hot items - a nice change of pace from the typical fruit and rolls. There is even a small bar of the lobby and ice is readly available for those of us that are used to having a cool drink.
The rooms have been recently renovated, are quite modern, and the bath was one of the best we have had in Europe in this class of Hotel.
So if you want a 3-4 star hotel for a 2 star price you should diffently try the Hotel France Albion.
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