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Christmas Eve at the Hilton
My boyfriend at the time and I were backpacking around the U.K. last winter and decided to go to Paris for Christmas. As a gift, my father bought us two nights at this property with traveler points--Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The hotel is outside the city, but located right on a metro stop.
We were expecting a bit of an attitude upon arrival, since we were two dirty young people with enormous backpacks, but the front desk staff was friendly and very kind. They made reservations for us on Christmas Day at a very nice and American friendly restaurant (I speak enough French to get my point across, but by no means elegantly; however the restaurant we went to had patient waitstaff who all spoke English, explained the food to us, and even recommended a good wine without a hint of disapproval.), as well as offered to send some parcels back to the U.S. for us the day we left and send us a bill. They were always very accomodating.
The room was a nice change from where we had been staying--mostly hostels, some downright scary--and the cleanliness was welcome. The bed we had was huge, I think it was a King. The bathroom was immaculate, the tub was nice and big, and my favorite feature of the bathroom was the magnifying mirror built into the wall. After weeks of backpacking, it was nice to have a facility that felt more like home and less like a gym shower.
We ordered a room service breakfast on Christmas morning--it was expensive but worth it. We could hardly eat everything they brought up. In addition, over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we would come back to our room to find little extras, such as a plate of chocolates, or a few fresh oranges--all complimentary just for staying over the holidays.
There was also a charming little Christmas market right next to the hotel when we were there. They were selling everything from candies to wooden toys to scarves and purses. There is also a mall very near the Hilton, although it's small.
The only real drawback to this hotel was that it was outside the city a ways. But it would've been much more expensive to stay closer into town.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone. The service went above and beyong all my expectations.
In general, I can't really say anything about this hotel. It was simply multiple factors in combination which made my stay here "blah"! I was here on business attending a conference at the CNIT. I can't imagine why any tourist would book this hotel. In general, the whole served my purpose and I can't fault anything specific. On the other hand, I found the hotel extremely depressing and the location as well as general architecture don't do much to create any kind of enjoyable atmosphere. I did like being able to walk to the CNIT (without going outside) in 1 minute. On the other hand, being at a conference for two days, I wouldn't have come outside were I not proactive about it. The hotel is clean, and modern but nothing spectacular. The rooms are quite large and I can agree with other reviewers that you want looking to the outside versus the ones looking into the "mall". The bar is OK as well and as also already mentioned usually hopping due to lack of other things to do in the area. On a positive note, the staff was extremely friendly and I did really enjoy this. So, in summary a very average, business-oriented hotel I really can't recommend. If you have no other choice, well then chalk this one off as a non-memorable experience.
Great hotel but dissapointed with the area....
We visited Paris August 19 2005, we stayed at this
Hotel for 2 nights and was surprised with the friendly
and very helpful people working there.The rooms were
big and confortable everything was clean and nice.
The only thing which was a surprise for us was the time that the mall and all the restaurants was closing
20.00hrs in the evening..!!!!!! Our first day was
terrible cause we couldn't find anything to eat or
do after 20.00 hrs so we went to the hotel and ordered
there....The metro was just outside the hotel which
we used to get around ..very quick and fast.
I recommend it to all even if you have kids like me
The Hilton La Defense
We stayed at the Hilton for 3 nights (4 days).
The hotel was quiet and situated right next to a metro station, very handy when you have lots of luggage!!
Our room was lovely, you could see into the 'shopping' bit and restaraunts inside the plaza from our window. The room was clean and had everything you needed.
The mini bar inside the room was a bit expensive, but most of Paris is. You have to be careful though if you lift anything out the fridge it gets charged automatically to your room, as its all done electronically!!!
It had a lovely big bath, which being English is a bonus!
We ordered room service one night as we had been walking around Paris all day and were absolutely exhausted! The food was delicious and hot (unlike the breakfast!!) the desserts were absolutely gorgeous and well worth the money. The whole meal came to about 60 Euros for the both of us, hich I thought was an absolute bargain seeing as e had been paying about 17Euros out of the hotel for a glass of Coke and a small coffee!
We didnt visit anything in the hotel so I cannot comment on that.
The hotel is situated right next to a supermarket and a few restaraunts, okay for snacks. There is also a big shopping center with shops such as Zara (clothes for men and women) and a number of other clothes and general retail shops.
We got a really good deal to stay at the Hilton on Lastminute.com - £170 each for 3 nights 4 days - would reccomend this website for City breaks.
The hotel isnt really close enough to the city center if you dont know the way, as we found out on our first day there! Got really lost! The metro is the best bet for travelling around Paris, as it is cheap and easy to use once you get the hang of the station numbers and the colours that they use! You can travel to all the touristy places and even jump off somewhere youve never heard of and have awander around.
The only bad thing I would have to say about the Hilton would be the cold buffet breakfast that they served (sausages,egg,bacon etc) but the stuff that was meant to be cold was delicious!
I would definately stay at The Hilton la Defense again as I found it very reasonable for the cheap amount we paid to stay there.
Different and Peaceful
Stayed here for a conference . Its very weird staying in a hotel with in a covered center.
The room was the norm hilton offer, clean and standard. It was so nice to get a good nights sleep as it is no near any main roads.
Room service varied on quality each night but was ok. Staff friendly enough as I do not speak French.
The bar food was ok too, and not that expensive. I was here on business and preferred this to the hustle and bustle of a Paris hotel location.
Not my cup of tea...
This hotel is very convenient to the La Défense area and its large business district. Also on the 'A' RER line and Metro stop 'La Défense.'
My personal opinion: if I did not have business in the area or a conference at the CNIT - no thanks to this property. Though I did not get a "Relaxation Room," which is specially designed for business travellers, I was upgraded to a junior suite upon my January 2005 arrival. The furnishings were ultra-modern and not very practical. The entry room to the suite was the most impractical use of space I have seen in a suite - no place to relax OR conduct business. The bar area was lively for a weeknight, probably because there is NOTHING else in the area.
On the positive side, the service was the best of the three Hilton Paris properties at which I have stayed. Front desk, operators, and bar staff were all overly kind, helpful and showed some hustle -- unlike Paris Hilton and CDG. And the La Défense also had the lowest rate!
Both the location and the facilities of the recently re-furbished La Défense Hilton show that it is clearly aimed squarely at business travellers. However, the many excellent public transport links (Metro, two different networks of commuter trains, buses and even trams) that come together literally underneath the hotel mean that tourists should also consider this location if a keen price is offered.
The Hilton is literally a building within a building (the iconic CNIT, a triangular 1950s exhibition hall re-developed into shops & offices - and a hotel), so half the rooms look out across the Parvis de la Défence (with oblique views of the Grande Arche) and half the rooms look inwards across the atrium. Outward-facing 'Relaxation' rooms are to be favoured.
OK for using Hilton points
We stayed here after Xmas 2003 and it was a good choice considering that we used our Hilton points to stay here for free. I typically stay at 5 star hotels in Asia so have fairly high standards. We stayed at a local hotel in the Paris suburbs later on and by comparison, this was 5 stars! The hotel was very hard to find because it is literally in the convention center (CNIT). Service was very good, but the place was deserted because this is primarily a business hotel and we were there during the holidays. The breakfast buffet was good, but quite pricey for 26 Euros per person. Because the Metro station is right there, it was very convenient to get around and you don't even need to switch trains to get to the city center (the Louvre). The beds were quite comfortable and the rooms are comfortable although somewhat small (although probably average for Europe). It is also strange to have your view being the inside of the convention center (no outside view). Overall a good experience.
Great conferencing location
If you are attending a conference in CNIT then this is the play to stay no questions asked! The hotel is right within the convention centre itself and in terms of practicality couldn't be better located. The relaxation rooms are also a plus with great business facilities but also with a relaxing touch in terms of lighting and decor. Make sure to book in advance in order to get good rates as prices tend to be on the high side if you leave it to the last minute.
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... started to drizzle. The Orangerie is an art museum famous for Monet's Water Lily paintings. There are eight paintings-- each one about eight feet tall. They range in length from around twenty feet to forty feet. The two main rooms have four paintings each, with the rooms oval shaped and the paintings curved around the walls. The paintings are so interesting--you can see each one close up and have a hard time understanding the paint ...
... at the wall. While here we encountered much intentional and professional gazing by practised eyes. One artist wanted to sketch Ella (for a price of course). To really capture the Parisian spirit you need to study the Parisians. It's hard to do this with the camera as it would be rude and socially unacceptable or so I thought. The French however think nothing of asking a busking trumpeter to take a picture of the girl blowing the busker's trumpet next ...
... top, where we found good position to see the sunset facing the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees.The 360 degree panoramic views from the top were really good, I enjoyed watching the traffic on the roundabout and L'Arc de Triomphe gives the beautiful views of the sparkling Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, La Defence Champs Elysees etc. The entrance is covered by Museum Pass and the sunset here is amazing, It had been long action packed day and we were ...
... The chestnut was good, but very rich (ice was glad I only had one scoop) but the best flavour of them all was the salted caramel. It had the perfect balance of sweet and salty that made you crave for more... I was slightly envious. We walled up to the Arch de Triumph, sat under it and had a little sing along with the iPod. Feeling revived though song, we meandered out way through the Parisian street back the Louvre, in the hope that ...
... perfect. For dinner we found a small creperie, and to stick with the French theme, I ordered the set menu which included French onion soup and a crepe of choice, I couldn't help but go for the chocolate one. both did not disappoint! After dinner we kept walking along the maze of streets to find the spot many had told us had the best view of Paris, along our embarkment we were also drawn into a macaron shop and a gelateria , 3 desserts in one night, rude not to really! ...