Novotel Paris Les Halles
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Paris Les Halles
The location is central and convenient. Rooms are basic but reasonable size.
Noisy location, but double glazing soundproofs external noise. Internally the walls are thin. We were unable to sleep at night due to constant door banging and assorted cacophany from the internal hotel, such as adjacent rooms. Every door slam or or banging noise seemed to be amplified.
Airconditioning is simply a 3 speed fan control with a temperature setting control that is not connected to anything. Basicly, you get one temperature of air as selected by management. You cannot control the temperature from your room control panel. Obviously a cheapskate cost saving measure. Our room was hot at night. If we opened the window for cool air we got unbearable external traffic noise.
Avoid the restaurant. No supervision of staff. Poorly organised. We were shown to a table still covered in dirty plates from the previous customer by a lazy restaurant supervisor, who seemed to think his job was to stand around posing.
Staff generally rude and couldn't care less about providing service.
Avoid this place. After the third night without sleep we were overjoyed to leave.
Good Hotel and Excellent Location
I stayed at the Novotel Paris Les Halles for 3 nights in August 2004. Got a good rate on Priceline of £64 per double room per night.
The main public areas of the hotel were very nice, mostly the usual marble fare, although the corridors to the rooms did remind me of being on a boat.
We went with couple of friends, and two of us (non-smoking) were allocated the newly renovated rooms, which were great. Separate bath and shower, with toilet in a separate room. Another friend (smoking) was allocated a room which hadn't yet been remodelled. This had a bath shower combo, and older furnishings, however, it did have a view of the Eiffel Tower, which I think made up for this.
The location of the hotel would be hard to beat. Metro station directly opposite, only a couple of minutes walk to Rue de Rivoli for lots of shops, and another couple of minutes to the Seine. It's only about 10 mins walk to Notre Dame, and 15 mins to the Louvre.
I would definately stay at the hotel if visiting Paris again, but only for the Priceline rate, as I don't think it's worth the Eu220 quoted at reception.
Not even close to 4 star
I stayed at the Novotel Les Halles from 7/30 to 8/1. The lobby is nicely decorated, fairly contemporary. I couldn't tell what "motif" this hotel was trying to portray. While the lobby is marble contemporary, the remainder of the hotel is anything but. In the hallways, you sort of get that "industrial" feel with the cieling in the corridors being a "steel mesh" where you can see the electrical conduits, piping, fixtures, etc if you look through the mesh. The signs in the corridors are on thick pieces of galvanized metal suspended by chains. The room numbers are written on the carpet floor. The room itself, very blah. While they are clean, they are very basic. I stayed in an Ibis in Amsterdam and this room was almost the same as the 2 star Ibis. The room is nice sized for a Paris hotel. All walls are white, with one off white wall paper. The toilet and bathroom are in different rooms. The bathtub/shower is rather cumbersome; watch out, I fell and tore down the shower curtain with me!
Upon check-in, I was greeted by a very nice hotel clerk who spoke English well. Upon getting to my room (room 123), I noticed the toilet room absolutely WREAKED with urine. I went to the desk and did not find the same gentleman who checked me in, I was told by a female clerk to go back to my room and wait for mainenance. I told her I was not about to do that, after all, I didn't come to Paris to wait in a hotel room smelling of urine. Anyhow, when I went to get my bags, I found the head housekeeper. She agreed that the room was in terrible shape. I was moved to another room and found the room better, but not good. The beds in all the rooms are HORRIBLE! The rest on a hinge that can spring the "matress" all the way up to eye level. I don't know why this is, perhaps for ease of making up the bed for the maids. This part of the bed that is movable is made up of springs. The "mattress" is made up of a piece of foam. The bed wasn't uncomfortable, however, but I have slept in better. If you get up quickly from the bed, the spring set will knock against the hinges to make a slight noise, very distracting! I haver a sleep disorder that requires me to wear an electrical device at night. The plug in was across the room, so I needed an extension chord. The female desk clerk was very negligent in getting extra pillows and the extension chord to me, but when I talked with the gentleman who checked me in, they were develivered immediately.
More advice: Skip the restaurant, extremely overpriced and the food isn't very good. There are plenty of places to eat around the hotel without ever walking into the restaurant. Watch out for this area at night. Don't go walking around the Les Halles shopping "mall" at night by yourself, you are asking for trouble. It is not a very safe place to be. Around the hotel is okay though, but use good sense if you are by yourself. The area is considered to be a crime district.
On the positive side: the hotel is in a GREAT location. You have the subway right in front of the hotel, perhaps 10 feet walk. You are a 15 minute walk to almost everywhere and maybe a half hour subway ride to everyplace else. You can take the RER to CDG airport or the metro subway to the Gare du Nord (or other railway stations for that matter). The hotel has a great air conditioning system for those hot Paris summer days. You also have a room safe for keeping things in a good place. Also, the hotel is very QUIET. I appreciated this. There is no traffic noise no matter where you stay in the hotel. Around the hotel is a pedestrian district, so no cars to wake you.
Taking all of the positives and negatives into consideration, I probably would not stay here again. I did meet someone who works for the Paris tourism industry while in Paris, and he said the hotel has some renovated rooms. I booked my room on-line through a travel agency with a discount, so I'm sure the renovated rooms were not an option for me. Ask for the new rooms when arriving, perhaps you can be accommodated, especially if you are booking through the hotel. The hotel is owned by the Accor group, who own a variety of hotel properties that range from 2 to 5 stars. The Novotel is the 4 star group. The Novotel is just a 2 star room that is larger in size. The ammenities between the 2 and 4 star are almost the same (for instance, no glass cups in my room, I had PLASTIC). The furniture in my room was old and worn, it was plain white, and did not compliment anything else in the room. The carpet had no pile to it and was orange in color...very un-appealing. I also had a sofa with an orange cover on it, very cheap looking and blue curtains that had seen better days.
The hotel is far from a four star it claims to be. Aside from a brilliant and convenient location, try someplace else for a better value.
Good stay, but not really a 4*
Excellent location, metro right in front of hotel, Forum Les Halles mall right behind, nice square right there as well. Lots of eateries and shops. The staff was very helpful and spoke very good English. However the hotel itself lacked anything special to qualify it as a 4* in my opinion. The rooms are very bland and in need of updating. Breakfast was not complimentary. We took a taxi there from Gare De Est and it cost just under 10 euro.
Solid 3*** the 4 star rating is questionable
We stayed 5/27-5/30. Got the room at a discount p line price. The 4* claim may be a bit of a stretch but the desk was quite helpful as was the concierge. The room contained a seprate space for the toilet, and seprate room for the shower and sink. Bed was "OK" and the room didnt suffer from that typical hotel smell. The hotel is trying very hard to be 4* and is def on the upswing. The metro is right there, and a walk to the Louvre takes about 10-15 minutes with only one turn. The area did seem to have a few shady characters late at night but I would stay here again.
A good 3 star hotel in the city center
A good 3 star hotel in the city cener within walking distance from the louvre, the opera the notre dame and the halles dpt store. Rooms are big and clean and the breakfast was good. Many restaurants near the hotel. A metro station is close to the hotel, too. But, the area is not so safe at night. The hotel is also a bit overpriced for a 3 star rating.
Location is excellent
I have stayed here twice (2002 and 2003), and if money is not tight and you don't mind staying in a chain hotel, then it is a great choice. The location is a very strong plus; just round the corner from Chatelet RER/metro station, which means a direct train to and from CDG airport, and it is a short walk to Notre Dame. The other plus is that it is in a pedestrianised precinct, so it is very quiet at night. The room is generic chain hotel fare - modern, clean, plenty of space, reasonable furnishings. The only minus point is the lack of "character".
Location, Location, Location!!!
Just returned from the Novotel Les Halles. I must say that I was very apprehensive about staying at this hotel due to lack of information and even tryed to find something different to change to before my departure. However, I am so glad that I did not change! I did receive a discount because I am employed in the travel industry, so therefore the value for me was excellent. But the standard pricing is really fair considering you are paying for location here. You could not be in a better location because you could walk to everything! There is a large mall behind the hotel. The metro is next door. You could walk to the market street just above the mall which was really a total contrast to the hustle and bustle of the busy Les Halles area. You can walk to the Louvre, the Marais and Latin quarter, Notre Dame and restaurants were everywhere just out the doors of the hotel! The hotel staff were very helpful and spoke good english. This was a full service hotel with a nice piano bar and restaurant. It was above my expectations so much that I did not even realize until the last day that they had an ice machine on our floor because I did not expect this. (ice is not a European thing) The rooms were adequate, clean and somewhat large by European standards. The bathroom was divided by a toilet room and a room with bath/sink. We had a few problems with the TV remotes- the battery went dead twice in our 5 night stay. But they sent someone up quickly. I would highly recommend this hotel if you want to be located in the middle of everything, but still get a good (quiet location) nights rest.
Good location, but rooms need improvement
I stayed at this hotel in October, 2002 for 4 nights. The location could not have been better. There were bars, shops, restaurants everywhere. The Chatalet/Les Halles metro stop is right outside. The hotel lobby was nice, very clean, polished floors, friendly staff. The rooms were eh..The carpets were old and dirty, the bathroom shower curtain was tattered. The room was a good size for a European hotel.
The bed was comfortable and the furniture was in pretty good shape. The room overall was of Holiday Inn Quality. The decor was very dated and reminiscent of the 1980's but hey...that was a fun decade. The citidines next door has nicer more modern rooms, but no daily maid service. If you dont mind that, stay there instead. Go to paris and have fun...this is fabulous city.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for one week in June, 2000. Our room was a good size room: one queen bed and a extra sofabed, a table & two chairs, closet, TV and private bath. The room faced a very pretty garden courtyard. It was extremely quiet. The concierge was very helpful. He helped us with sightseeing choices and made our stay so much easier. The staff was pleasant and friendly. The hotel had several lounges, one a piano lounge, a restaurant and some conference rooms.
The most memorable fact about this hotel was their breakfast buffet. We looked forward each morning to an array of delicious breads, deli items, and cereals. There was no skimping. The metro stop was conviently located just outside the hotel front door. The neighborhood was somewhat similar to New York's Village, with many restaurants & shops, an historical church and a mall nearby.