Kyriad Paris XIII - Italie Gobelins Hotel
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A quick freshen up and we were off to the concert we had booked at St Ephrem. It was totally different to what we had expected, being a tiny orthodox church in the midst of a residential area. Rather than the small orchestra we'd anticipated, it was a solo pianist who played to us and about fifty others. The program was Beethoven, Satie and Liszt and the whole experience captivated us. Beautiful music in a ...
... and we didn't have a reservation ........ a duh it's 4.30pm and all we want is a drink in the bar. So I exercised some initiative and walked straight into the restaurant And asked to see their head sommelier Thierry Hamon whom I actually know. They have a very nice little seating area just outside the restaurant in the hotel so Thierry very kindly organised two glasses of 2008 Deutz rose and a plate of petit fours. Only picture for today! Oh apart ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kyriad Paris XIII - Italie Gobelins Hotel
Good base to view Paris
A good cheap base to see all the sights of Paris with very helpful polite staff. It is in the Latin quarter of Paris with excellent access to the Metro. There are three lines that are within easy walking distance. Metro lines 5,6 & 7. Line 6 is the Metro line we used and it is just around the corner from the hotel next to the police station. We arrived at CDG airport and walked to the RER (Main line train) station within the airport. At the ticket office in the airport rail station we bought return tickets to Paris at a cost of 8 Euro's each. We also bought 10 Metro (Underground) tickets. These are valid for any one trip on the Metro. We travelled from CDG airport to Denfert Rochereau where we got on Metro line 6 to Place d'italie. 4 stops along in the direction of Nation. The hotel in Rue Veronese is a short walk from here. We had breakfast at the hotel every morning, which was in the price and was adequate. The room is small and can be a bit hot (it was the hottest day in October on record) but it is adequate as a base from which to see Paris. The shower is good. The TV has CNN, which is a bit repetitive but keeps you informed of what's going on in the world. We went to see the Eiffel tower the very next day and it's a must. We got on the Metro at line 6 just around the corner in the direction of Etolle. Make sure you get off at the Tocadero station and not Bir-Hakeim station, as this is the best way to view / approach the Eiffel tower. We went right to the top of the tower, which is a bit scary but gives great views. There is also an open top bus tour around Paris start point here. This was great. You get to see all the sights in Paris from the top of the bus. Highly recommended. Your ticket is valid for 2 days so we came back the next day and done the same tour again by night. The Eiffel tower lights look good at night time and extra twinkling lights are activated on the hour. We also walked from the hotel to Notre Damme cathedral one afternoon, which took about 25 minutes.
Basic is the key word
My husband and I just came back from 5 days at this hotel : the overall feeling is not bad but not great either. We booked in advance and they were expecting us at reception but when they gave us our key they sent us to a room whihc was not even done!! They relocated us quickly to another room. We had asked for a non-smoking room which we got. (that's nice in Paris). The rate was E85 for the double room.
There is an elevator abeit a very small one but functional.
The room is smallish and very basic: plain furniture, a desk, 2 chairs, nighttable, no drawers, a closet. Nowhere to put one's suitcase except the floor. The sheets were clean but obviously worn i.e. thread bare- by repeated washings. The drapes and matching bedspread definitely need updating i.e. a tad moldy; the carptets should be changed. The kettle and complimentary tea bgs in room come in handy after a long rainy day. TV is limited to 9 or 10 channels - only CNN in english but how much watching will you do anyway if you are in Paris?
The best part of that room believe it or not was the bathroom!! The one we got was quite large, with a big french door opening on to a little balcony on the Rue Veronese. The bathroom was very clean, new tiles with a nice large bathtub. Lots of hot water and good shower. Towels were clean and changed everyday.
The best surprise I would say was the buffet breakfast: fresh and plentiful for E6.80. In a city where a coffee can easily run E2 for a single cup this unlimited coffee, juice, croissants, yogurt, cereal, ham, you name it was a very good deal and it was served in a pleasant room with a nice skylight. Complimentary newspapers -in french.
Location is good near the Place d'Italie Metro. Several buses serve the area. Once we got a map of the transit system -at the metro station- we found it more interesting to take the bus allowing us to view the city rather than being underground.
All in all not a bad experience, but it could be made a lot better if management invested a little in the rooms: paint, new bedding, carpet and drapes.
Cheap, Clean: Great Hotel in Paris
I stayed at this hotel in late May 2005 and found it a great launch pad for sightseeing in Paris. The room was small, but very clean and perfect for our needs. The bathroom in particular, which many people worry about in Europe, was good. The shower was strong enough and I took many a long shower after traipsing around Paris all day!
I found this hotel was great value for money. The 3 metro lines converging at Place d'Italie was great, making it easy to get anywhere in the city. I would suggest this hotel to anyone looking for good value and easy access to what Paris has to offer.
What you see is what you get...............
................and what you get is a good, basic, inexpensive, tourist hotel on a quiet side street- ideal as a base for a short stay in Paris. (If you're American - think kinda Econolodge or Motel 6.) We've stayed there 3 times now and will again. Yep, the rooms are on the small side and nothing special, but who spends much time in them when all of Paris is outside waiting for you. Yep the neighborhood isn't at all on the tourist trail - it's residential with real Parisians living there. The Metro is nearby together with a bunch of adequate bistros/restaurants. Shopping mall at the Place d'Italie for those everyday needs. The must-see Rue Mouffetard, with it's market and restaurants, is a short walk away, and ya got Chinatown in the opposite direction. The desk staff are friendly & helpful, the rooms are clean, breakfast is adequate ........ all in all this place has what you need.
Basic but good quiet 2-star hotel in 13th arrondissement
We stayed at this hotel after my brother-in-law recommended it. The hotel is in a relatively quiet side street, just off Ave des Gobelins, about halfway up Rue Veronese on the right. The hotel is about 5 mins walk from the Place d'Italie metro station which is in the south east of Paris.
The staff were friendly and polite; we had booked the room ahead of time and let them know we would have a baby with us - when we arrived the portable cot had already been made up in the room! The room was, on the whole clean, although there was a few bits of mould behind the curtains. The bathroom was basic but clean also. There is a kettle in the room with tea and coffee. The room faced onto the street but had excellent double-glazing - I am a light sleeper and had no problems with noise at night, although I found the room was quite warm (there was no fan).
The breakfast buffet (6.80€ extra) wasn't huge but had all the basics one would need (croissants, bread rolls, cheese, ham, toast, eggs, juice, coffee and tea). There are a few good restaurants on the main street, and around Place d'Italie, and a couple of small restaurants on Rue Veronese (we ate at
Virgule which had excellent food).
Quiet, clean, convient
date of stay - march 13-16, 2005, For the budget traveler who wants quiet,clean room, convenient to subway and bus systems, good breakfast, helpful staff, tv with cnn. We had a double and triple at this hotel, price was way below same room in New York City. We took the RER from CDG, then switched to subway for two stops, cost to get there, approx. $8 USD. The dollar dived hard while we were in Europe.
As Americans on our first trip to Paris, we were concered about selecting a bad hotel. This hotel was wonderful. The location was easy to find, the staff was very friendly, the room was clean and quiet. The neighborhood offered everything we would need, with a police station nearby, and easy metro access. The price for this hotel was a great value. We would definetly stay there again. ~Luke and Jessica
We stayed here in December 2004 and enjoyed the easy location, the friendly staff, and free breakfast. It's a one block walk to the Place d'Italie metro station, where three metro lines converge. We found that it was really easy to get to most places in Paris from this metro stop. There's free coffee and tea service in the room, and we liked the breakfast (spread of bread, cheese, meat, coffee, OJ, and yogurt). The rooms are tiny, but clean, if a bit smelly of mildew. We found that if you air the room after you shower, it's not a big deal. All in all, for the price we'd stay there again.