Ibis Paris Berthier Porte de Clichy
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Woke up this morning after getting a generous two hours of sleep, and boy, am I feeling it... woah. My head is pounding. Me, Bree, and Jess are hanging out in their room, reminiscing about last night and sharing our crazy stories and pictures. Out in the hallway, Lucy from Australia is only just now stumbling in, and she's still drunk. Apparently, …
Today was started off with a decent breakfast in the lobby of our hotel, followed by everyone boarding the bus and heading to the Eiffel Tower. We took our group photo today - taken by a professional photographer, you can purchase a copy for something like seven Euros (which most people did). After that, almost everyone went on the Fat Tire bike …
Today is a travel day, so most of the day is spent on the bus. It's an hour and a half to Dover, where we get to see the white cliffs and board the ferry. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the ferry is huge! It's kind of like a cruise ship, with shops and restaurants and stuff. In the duty-free shop, I buy a big bottle of Malibu Rum, my …
Today we were offered a drop off downtown at 9:00 via the coach but Ben and I decided to take it easy today and sleeeeeep in! Ben was convinced that he did not need an alarm to get up at nine, so we did not set one and then did not get up until 10-am to ben's surprise. Also, consequently, for a second day we missed the French breakfast. Once we …
Today is day five and our first full day in Paris. I am still a little in shock after the events of last night but mostly I am just incredibly happy and full of smiles. Ben and I unfortunately missed breakfast this morning because we were running late, but we did make the coach that was going to take us for our Eiffel tower picture. On the coach, …
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We stayed at this hotel in August 2004. The weather outside was very hot and humid and the air conditioning made our holiday very pleasant.
We were given interconnecting rooms, over looking central Paris and could see the Eiffel Tower, top of the Arc de Triomphe and so on.
The pool is expensive to use, at 8 euros per session. For a family group this gets a bit much. The pool water was freezing and too deep for child non swimmers, though there is a tiny toddler pool. The main pool is long enough to give a satisfying length swim to a serius swimmer, but only just. After 15 minutes we had to get out because we were turning blue and getting cramp, and this when the temperature outside was about 28 degrees. The lockers don't work and the staff keep you hanging about when you try to pay, get in etc. If a pool is a deciding factor in your hotel choice, consider other hotels.
The restaurant staff are really nice and breakfast is good and some choice is available. The rooms are spotless, beds comfy and the bathrooms very practical and work really well. English language TV supplied is just rolling news and dull.
The staff on the front desk are a bit hit and miss. They had a nasty habit of leaving you standing there while talking at great length to other customers and then vanishing when it is your turn, or even worse, attending first to a queue jumper when you have been stood patiently for ages (and they have queue barriers in place, so they do run a queue system). Some of them thnk they speak english but only as much as I speak french! But this is the same as everywhere in Paris.
The restaurant manager is superb and the security man is wonderfully helpful.
Because the metro is hot and smelly and undreground consider using buses when time is not of the essence, though in August, traffic is pretty free flowing anyway. The buses at the corner of Rue Cardinet (4 minutes walk) will take you to Gare Du Nord ( the Eurostar terminal) on one side. After 9.30 there was no problem getting 4 people with big suitcases on board. This saved us 25 euros on taxis and is practically door to door. (our cases did have wheels)
The opposite bus takes you to Gare St Lazare and Opera, by some good shops and from where it is really easy to get anywhere. (and you are 5 minutes walk to the Louvre, Jardin de Tuileries for example).
Also, if travelling to Euro Disney, get to St Lazare (the bus is good but the metro takes you straight there too) and then catch the direct line to Gare de Lyon ( dark purple line, destination Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand). From Gare de Lyon get the RER A to Marne le vallee. This route is by far the quickest and most pleasant. Leaving the hotel at 9 means missing the rush hour and you get to the park at just after opening so you miss the rush there too. Costs about 12 euros for an adult to use the metro (you need 2 single tickets) and RER. 8 euros gets a child aged 10 all day travel using Paris Visite card. (Child has to be 9 or less for normal half price tickets.)
The takeaway food shops are also hit and miss. There is a chinese take away near the metro (Brochant) on Ave de Clichy, which does cheap and healthy and tasty food. Fruit is good from inside shops but the stuff kept outside looks dirty.
We were charged an unbelievable amount for a tiny pizza from the restaurant on the opposite corner of the junction of the hotel street.
Food at the hotel is a bit dear too, in my opinion, but ok, and certainly nice. But not good enough to justify the price, I thought. We only ate there once.
We thought the best value in Paris was a 2 day Batobus ticket, because this gets you close to lots of the must see attractions in paris and the river views of the city are breathtaking. This cost about £14 each.
If you take the metro from Brochant and get off at Charles de Gaulle, Etoile, you are 3 minutes walk to a Batobus terminal (and get some great views too).
We walked to Sacre Couer from the hotel but this was a very stiff walk and I would not recommend it unless you are good at hills and have a good map. It takes about 40 minutes and is not well sign posted.
But great holday and the hotel certainly contributed, not least because the hotel is so reasonable we could afford to do lots and really enjoy ourselves.
Would love to go back to this hotel again!
My husband (then fiancee! We got engaged on our trip to Paris!) and I travelled with Cosmos several years ago and this hotel was included in the package. We loved it, it's excellent value for money, and the area was fine! As previously stated, there were some great little shops and bars (did anyone try L'Insolent? Great little restaurant, a good 3 course dinner for a competitive price and 2 very funny waiters!). On our first night we didn't arrive from our very long coach journey until midnight, but still found the energy to stay up til 2 in the hotel bar drinking the SUPERB French beer and watching the waiter entertain some other guests with his acrobatics!
A lasting memory is of the morning of our departure, walking past a bar at 9 am and seeing this man sitting at the window, beer, ciggie and newspaper in hand; only in Paris!!
I think the hotel has been considerably redevelo-ped since our last visit; glad to hear it's as good now as it was then. If we come to Paris again we'll be sure to book this hotel.
Ibis Porte De Clichy: Large Hotel, Small Room, Great Rate
This hotel was assigned to us by Air France as part of a three-night getaway package, so we had no choice. The first hotel assigned us via telephone purchase and confirmation was a similar (tourist-class) room in a Timhotel, located in a double digit north-to-northeastern arrondisement, roughly equidistant to Notre Dame, Blvd Saint Michel the Ile de Cite and other main tourist areas as this hotel.
When our tickets arrived by mail the Ibis Paris Berthier Porte De Clichy had been assigned to us. We read some of these online hotel reviews prior to departure. We live in a large, older northeastern US city so we were not particularly alarmed by the mediocre-to-bad reviews given this hotel and its neighborhood buy some of its previous (mostly midwestern, comfortable, middle class, presumably white, suburban US) customers. We were encouraged by the reviews of the Europeans who stayed here.
ARRIVING FROM CDG (Charles De Gaulle airport)
The hotel is not too difficult at which to arrive via public transportation from CDG-Roissy airport, but it does entail a commuter train ride (line B) to Gare Du Nord, then two Metro transfers. Allow approximately 90-120 minutes for this three-legged commute. We enjoyed the public transportation ride as it introduced us to the grittier side of northwestern Paris and we got to see real Parisians, both beggars and workers -- in their native habitat.
A taxi ride for two (with two pieces of luggage) from the airport will set you back at least 55 Euros (US $62) plus tip. Gulp.
There is no hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel. The hotel DOES offer a shuttle FROM the hotel to CDG airport for 32 Euros (plus gratuity) for two people, making it a better deal on your return journey. It is possible to return by Metro and commuter train, but who wants to spend their last hours in Paris underground?? Besides, you may be carrying bottles of wine, plater casts of The Thinker and other souvenirs with you and your bags may be heavier and hard to haul up and down the steps as you make your several Metro connections.
Everybody in the hotel seems to be multi-lingual, with the exception of the maid staff. The receptionists, security people and waitstaff all speak excellent English and were very friendly and helpful. I e-mailed the staff two times before we arrived, with questions about non-smoking rooms and directions from the airport, and their replies were prompt, helpful... and given in clear, easy to understand English (Merci, Monsieur Norbert).
The hotel is located at the top of a very steep driveway, but there is access at ground level via an underground parking garage (we used this all the time once we found it, even late at night.) The hotel and property are monitored by 24 cc TV. The lobby and hotel is modern, clean, warm and bright. The room was tiny, but so what? As others have already said, "who comes to Paris to hang out in a hotel room?". Our 7th floor room was spotlessly clean. It had a TV, a comfortable double bed, adequate closet space for a three night visit and a TERRIFIC VIEW of the EIFFEL TOWER. The bathroom had a very dep and comfortabel tub, plus a showerhead, and a sink and p=toilet of course. Be warned: the water pressure could take the chrome off a bumoer, so stand back before you run the tap to wash your hands.
The hotel has 700 rooms spread over nine floors, making it a pretty big place. It didn't feel that way to us, however. We spent actually very little time at the hotel. We slept, rose, showered, enjoyed a light breakfast of croissant and roll, jam and butter, and tea, coffee or hot chocolate, and orange juice (yeah, a continental brakfast) and out the door. We had a drink in the bar our first night only, as we were a little tired.
THE HOTEL IS LOCATED FAR FROM CENTRAL PARIS
It takes a good forty-five minutes to an hour to use the Metro with one or two transfers to get to the single-digit, tony, cultural arrondisements. That is the major drawback of this hotel. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Montmartre, Pigalle, Arc De Triomphe and the head of the Champs Elysees.
Tip: If you have time, take the Number 74 Bus to central Paris from near the hotel. It swings past most of the major tourist spots (Moulin Rouge in Place Pigalle, and as it descends the hills to central Paris you can catch glimpses of Sacre Coure in Montmartre). The bus will terminate within two or three blocks of Notre Dame de Paris.
The neighborhood is very cosmopolitan and its denizens reminiscent of faces one sees in the working class neighborhood streets of Brooklyn or New York City, or London for that matter. The immediate neighborhood is a cross-section of Post-colonial France. We saw Vietnamese, Senegalese, Moroccans, Algerians, plus people from Cote de Ivoire and Haiti, as well as reinforcements of my traditional ideas of who the French are (older men in berets and attractive women of all ages in beautiful scarves). The architecture leaves no doubt as to where you are. The neighborhood is a working class district but I did not feel at all intimidated, even at night. Off the main streets you better have a knowlege of a few French phrases. however, becuase this is not a tourist trap and people only speak French and/or their native language. We saw traditional boucheries and patisseries and fruit and veg shops where French-only is spoken. Get a guide book and learn how to ask for a loaf of bread or a barbecued chicken, cut in quarters. Either that or lean to mime convincingly.
The petit bourgeoisie and the fearful or easily intimidated should stay at a Holiday Inn, a Best Western, a Hilton or a Quality Inn. They are all available at a greater rate in 'better' neighborhoods. The hotel was fine... no, make that GREAT, for the money (about 50 Euros per night was the official rate). We would definitely stay here again and explore the neighborhood's many bistros and restaurants and cafes and bars.
Good place to stay
In the first week of april 2004 we stayed in this hotel. Good and save place to put your car (10 euro for 10 hours and after that .50 for the hour). The people at the reception were friendly. They really did everything to give us the room we would have. And the room; not very big but that's normal in Paris. A sattelite tv and a small desk and 2 beds. And a nice bathroom. Everything very clean. The hotel was close the the metro-station Brochant; 5-10 minute walk. The neighboorhood is good! Lots of shops, restaurants and busy. No danger despite what others say. And the hotel is also not on a hill; the entrance is on the "first" level so you have to walk a little bit up a short road. I can recommend it to everybody.
We will stay there again.
We stayed at the Ibis Clichy in March 2003 and have rebooked for this March. We found the diverse neighborhood interesting and exciting rather than scary. We loved the produce vendors, the patisseries, the little groceries where we could pick up wine and food, and the reasonably-priced ethnic restaurants in the neighborhood. The metro stop is convenient, but we walked to the Louvre. Rooms are clean and pleasant, breakfasts were excellent, and the staff is pleasant and helpful. Rooms are small, but who goes to Paris to sit in a hotel room?
The Internet access is rather expensive and slow so we used it only for essential communications with family and friends.
Not very large rooms, but large enough. Very large hotel. Internet available (1 Euro per 4 minutes !) in the hall. Parking is available in the parking garage under the hotel (10 Euros for the first 10 hours, 0,5 Euro per hour after that). Do not drive up the ramp, but right of it, to the parking garage.
Clean room, friendly staff
A friend and I stayed at this hotel in March 03. It was our first time in Paris. The area was a little dirty, but the hotel was not bad. Our room was small (as all Paris hotels are), but it was clean. The staff was very nice and all seemed to be bi-lingual. We spent most of our time sightseeing, and used our room basically to sleep. We ate at the hotle restaurant one night and the food was good, staff was courteous and the wine delicious. This is a nice hotel for someone on a budget who is not easily frightened and uses good common sense when travelling.
Fab hotel with friendly multi-lingual reception staff
I stayed at the Ibis from the 23rd-27th October 2003 and found the Hotel to be of the highest standards for the price we payed. It is very central to the Champs Els (despite what other travellers stay) if you use the metro. Ask for a room on the 8th or 9th floor facing the Eiffel Tower and the light show is gr8 in the evening. Rooms are small but very clean and maid service every day.Reception staff were extremely helpful and breakfast is basic but filling. Far better that alot of the hotels we visited in the Paris region. Only problem was that Leisure centre closes at 2pm on weekends. I would definately stay there again
Very small room, not the best area. Would not stay there again.
The hotel is located on the outskirts of Paris and it is not in a very nice neighborhood. You will spend quite a bit of time traveling on the Metro or RER if you want to go anywhere besides Montmarte. Also, the hotel is located at the top of a large hill, so after walking a few blocks from the train station, you have to climb this annoying hill to get to the lobby. Their version of a double bed, which I booked, is two single beds pushed together covered by one blanket. Also, the room is very tiny - I think some prison cells may be larger. There is no mini-bar and no dresser. As for service, the bare necessities are provided, that is if you don't mind washing your hair with hand soap as shampoo is a luxory you will do without unless you buy it down the street at the pharmacy. The maids cleaned the room every day, but ignored the "do not disturb" sign and and attempted to key their way in whenever they felt like it. On the positive side, the rate was very reasonable and I did not spend much time in the room since there is so much to do in Paris. I did, however, switch hotels in the middle of my trip and gladly payed more for the upgrade.
Not the best area - scary at night!
This is a very large Ibis hotel. It was clean. The rooms are VERY small. Had to quibble with the front desk on arrival as we booked a room with one double bed but they gave us one with two singles. Reasonable rates.Close to rail and subway. Did not take the bus. A bit scary at night. Did not always feel safe coming back on the subway at night. Hotel is located on a hill which is quite steep. Keep this in mind if you are arriving by subway. It is a bit of a jaunt from the subway and up the hill to the hotel if you have lugguage. The cafeteria style restaurant in the hotel was good. We had dinner there once. The breakfast was not very good. There are decent restaurants within walking distance.Internet access in lobby was a ripoff. Very expensive and incredibly slow. Overall okay hotel at decent price but location is a bit unnerving.