Hotel Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles
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The first stop was the Arc de Triomphe
Now this is an awesome structure, we could have climbed it but we we were saving ourselves for the Eiffel climb. To get to it you had to cross a five lane round about... or take a tunnel under the roundabout and get there safely, we chose the second option.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles
Very Nice Hotel, Location could be better
Hotel is a little out of the way (20 Euro taxi ride from Gare du Nord). Though we like the neighborhood, it is not too busy, decent shops and restaurants in the area. Love the pool and sauna area and bar is a great place to unwind at night. Metro is close by. Tramways to RER to Versaille is quick and easy. Our only problem was getting just a cup of coffee in the morning. You have to order it the night before via room service. There is a breakfast buffet for 15 Euros per person but if you only want coffee and a croissant you are out of luck. There is a cafe machine in the lobby or after the bar opens at 7pm you can get a cup. I found one take away around the corner at a little Turkish restaurant. The rooms have no coffee/tea facilities, not enough plugs and limited drawer space. Besides these minor complaints it is a very, very nice room and shower. Wireless Internet is 10 Euros for 12 hours. Loads of TV stations on the flat screen. We are still here at the moment. Checking out in about 4 more days.
Very nice and clean, but far from the center
Modern hotel, very nice and well equiped rooms, great bathroom with big shower. Although rooms are quite small and breakfast could be better, (eggs and sausages not really good).
Located in front of the expositions center, 5 min. walking from Metro pte.versailles. but if you take the mero from the airport you have to do two transfers at least and you know that's hard with the luggage.
Loved it !!
We stayed at this hotel for only two nights in October but were very pleased with the friendliness of the staff and the cleanliness of the room. Although tiny by North American standards, the room had all we needed for such a short stay. The ultra-modern bathroom and shower were wonderful. We arrived at the hotel at 8 am , very tired after an overnight flight from Montreal, and were very pleased when the front desk clerk allowed us to check in right away so we could sleep for a couple of hours before heading out to explore Paris. The dining room breakfast at 15 euros is a little steep , the continental breakfast at poolside for 9 euros was adequate for us and a better deal. There are many small restaurants in the area -a wonderful bakery and cheese shop with friendly staff. I found the hotel a little far out from the centre of Paris - one or two stops from the end of metro line 12 - but the metro in Paris is very efficiant and fast so it only took 15 minutes to get anywhere you wanted to go.
Would definitely stay here again for short stays.
Inexpensive hotel with a swimming pool and jacuzzi
This hotel is a real gem! Service was excellent - my request for non-smoking room was granted, the staff were all polite and almost all spoke excellent English.
The rooms were clean and comfortable, with flat screen TVs that showed BBC 1 and BBC 2, plus News 24, amongst other channels. I admit that my room wasn't huge - a couple with a lot of luggage might struggle a bit to store it all - but it was fine for my wife and I.
The hotel facilities were first rate; breakfast was sizeable and served at sensible times. But the real selling point of this hotel (given its price) is the swimming pool and jacuzzi, plus the pool-side bar with its lovely ambiance. I enjoyed these so much I had to curtail my Parisian sight-seeing plans!
Obviously, no hotel is perfect in every way, and on the (slightly) minus side, this hotel is a little way out. That said, it's only 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station and you can get into Central Paris in about 15 minutes. Also, the hotel is situated in a pleasant enough area so you won't be looking over your shoulder in fear as you make your way from the metro to the hotel late at night.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel as what you get for your money is superb - I will definitely be returning.
Modern, clean, fantastic!
I stayed here at the beginning of November 2006 for a 4 day trip to Paris to celebrate my birthday. I was a little sceptical as I have booked hotels in the past based on good reviews on this site and been disappointed. However, on this trip, I would say my expectations were even exceeded, and I am not easy to please - apparently!
Getting there is very simple, even though it is out of the city centre. On arrival at Charles de Gaulle (I like to fly direct from Edinburgh so can only go to CDG, even though I think Orly is nearer) we took the train from platform 11 or 12 into Paris(trains from both platforms go to the same place). Change at Denfer Rocherau onto line 6 (light green line) Etoile direction. Change again at Pasteur for the dark green line 12 in Marie d'Issey direction to Porte de Versaille. Leave the station by the Rue Ernest Renan exit and the hotel is approx 200 yards in front of you. You only have to wait a max of 2 minutes for any train so it is fast, cheap, efficient and clean (not at all like Scotrail!!).
The hotel itself is very modern with laminate floors, state of the art shower rooms with separate toilet room although, as with any Paris hotel, the bedroom area is compact and bijou. There is very little storage in the room so pack light.
We had a room overlooking the inner courtyard - very pretty outlook - on the opposite side from the city ring road, so had no disturbances whatsoever. I'm not sure how the rooms on the other side of the building overlooking the road would fare, so it may be worth checking you have the courtyard side when you book.
The pool/spa area is fantastic. The pool is quite small with lots of jets so you can massage feet, back, hips, neck - the lot! A couple of the the wall jets can be turned up high enough to use as an "endless pool" so you can swim against the current if you really can't miss your exercise. Otherwise it is very relaxing with a steam room (separate male and female I'm afraid) but towels, robes and slippers are supplied.
The only complaint I had was the cost of drinks in the bar. Prohibitive! No wonder it is always empty, but if budget is no concern it is a good bar with Sky sports for footie (soccer) enthusiasts.
Our rate included breakfast, which was adequate. It was buffet style with mostly continental selections but a couple of hot options with the usual drinks and cereals. Perfectly fine to set you up for the day.
The staff were friendly and helpful, although I think it always helps if you make the effort to try to speak their language. We can get by with most queries but when we got stuck, they were quick to revert to their superior grasp of English to help us out.
Getting into the city is equally easy on the Metro. It is the recommended way to get around town quickly. Trains are very frequent and clean and easy to work out how to change lines to get to where you want to be. For sightseeing, we took L'Open Tour buses as they go all over the city with recorded commentary in all languages - a great way to see the city. You can hop on and off as you please. A 3 day unlimited pass costs 39 euros so is relatively cost effective.
There are loads of bars and restaurants of every kind near to hotel, although were very quiet after 8pm. I think it's beacuase that area is full of conference and exhibition halls and is only busy during the day, but that makes the service all the more personal.
All in all, definitely recommended without hesitation.
Stayed 4 nights on a business trip. Hotel is new and very modern, design is very carefully studied and gives a nice luxury impression as you walk in. Room was not big, but superb and well equipped. Very modern bathroom, big shower, excellent bed with quilt duvet, safe to lock your belongings, separate toilets, excellent TV system. the room looked so nice and comfortable, the lighting is particularly well studied and creates a modern and comfortable atmosphere. Loved my room. I was given one overlooking the lovely garden so did not get any traffic noise at all. After a hard day it was wonderful to be able to relax in such a nice place. Parking was convenient. Metro station only 3 minutes walk. Breakfast was also very good.
Things I did not like so much: swimming pool with bar all around, so that people having a drink have nothing to do but watch you in the pool; not very pleasant when you are alone in the pool with lots of people watching! also, reception staff was polite, but obviously annoyed and not very professional in the way they spoke to customers. It appears this is a very parisian attitude, experienced in many bars and restaurants, where staff will strive to look bored and annoyed when you speak to them or dare ask for something! I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Fantastic modern, great value Paris hotel
We spent one night here for a break in Paris on the way back to the UK. The hotel is very new (opened in Nov 2005). The rooms are very modern with a very comfortable bed, plasma screen and a pretty funky bathroom. The hotel has a bar, an indoor swimming pool and a lovely deckt/errace to sit out on. The staff were helpful. The hotel also has secured underground parking (5Euros/day) which was handy for us.
The hotel is a couple of kilometes south of the Eiffel Tower. There is a Metro station next door and the centre is only 15 minutes or so away.
Be warned that the rooms are pretty small and no extra beds etc can be put in them for children.
We would defintiely stay there again as the hotel was very nice and great value for Paris (we pais 110Euros/night).
Fantastic! Best Hotel ive ever stayed in!!
What a Hotel! So modern with Plasmas scouted about everywhere. The cleanliness of this hotel is second to none! There was a cleaning fella there who was constantly cleaning the place!! It was so nice to go to a Hotel where it was perfect! At the end of the day you are on holiday with this Hotel it took away the stresses sometime associated with other hotels! The room was very modern with Air conditioning (that worked!!!!), Flat panel TV and walk in shower!! You could access the internet from your room for 15euro for 24 hours which was useful for researching where to go. The system also had digital TV (only a few UK channels) and you could pick pay movies to watch which was good if there was nothing on TV! The pool and bar area, again, was of modern taste. The changing rooms and pool itself were immaculate and so relaxing! I really could not fault this hotel in anyway. It is about a 300 yard walk from porte de versailles metro link and within 10 minutes you could be in the centre of Paris!! The hotel does not have a resteraunt for dinner but there are many brasseries scouted up and about near the hotel which are reasonably priced (unless you want a pint of beer which on average in paris was about 8-9 euro!!). There is also a mini supermarket about 5 minutes walk away which was ideal for supplies. As we were staying for 5 nights we avoided the hotel breakfast as it was 15euro per head so we bought croissants from the shop and ate them in the room! All in all a fantastic hotel and in my personal opinion I would class this as a 4* deluxe. To compare it we stayed in the London Hesperia for a night on our return from paris which was 4* and it was terrible in comparison! Hope the review helps!!
Nice room, plenty of plasma's/TV's everywhere, great pool and lesuire centre, nice breakfast friendly service great bar area adjoining onto the pool area....clever hotel and highly recommended!