Novotel Paris Les Halles
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The last thing we had to do in London was to say farewell to our sweet boy Ayden, as he heads off to spend school holidays with father. He was very anxious about this trip but excited at the same time…. We have since heard from him that he is safe …
Had about 2 hrs sleep on the plane. We arrived in Paris at about 7am and were dead tired!! As soon as we got out of the airport terminal a shady black guy in a suit (*****ian taxi scam artist) approached us asking if we needed a taxi and we said yes. He then took us up the lift to his personal car and …
Exploring the city with Dad and Viv! Took the Batobus and managed to, in two days, see all of the major touristy sites; we even got to see La Joconde (c'était chouette!!!), or the Mona Lisa, in the Louvre even though we had less than an hour before it closed. Succès! :)
Loved going out to dinner (and trying to find places to eat) as well …
... street musician which we enjoyed for a while, this one playing guitar. Other things of note: Russian nesting dolls where the biggest was almost 3 feet tall and the littlest couldn't have been bigger than 1/8 of an inch... 67 dolls in all, we thought of Rachel, cute plates that looked hand painted at another shop, Czech Republic tourist office or something like it.
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... Government) and more light commercial (boutiques, etc.). We didn't walk quite as long as normal, so that we could make it back and get the kids moving and have breakfast before the room closed at 10:30am. We made a plan today to travel to a neighbourhood called Montmarte, which featured a busy square with artists, the large Basilique du Sacré-Cœur and the (in)famous Moulin Rouge, a theatre featuring a traditional Paris "revue". After Montmarte, we ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Paris Les Halles
Nice great hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Paris Les Halles
The location is central and convenient. Rooms are basic but reasonable size.
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.
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!
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".
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.