Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
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It is, well, a fair bit dirtier than i expected. Sitting out waiting for a train and as we would say in Australia, there is just **** everywhere. Give them there credit, there is no graffiti but there is not a rubbish bin in sight. Geez am i getting old! ...
Marcy and I had a very early roll call this morning in order to make our connection to Versailles. We had booked a tour and were supposed to meet our guide at a special spot on Place de la Concorde--and we walked out of the subway (which has NUMEROUS ways out) EXACTLY where we needed to be. After the fiasco we had trying to get to the CityRama office for our tour of the Louvre, this was especially ...
Honestly, it is a nice modern airport, but we were expecting a good restaurant or two. Nope. Sandwich stands, and a ton of ultra-expensive shops plying their wares. We did manage to find some postcards to send to our grandkids, and after some improvised "sign language" also found stamps and a mailbox. Now, crossing my fingers that they all had enough postage to arrive safely! It is strange but neat to be surrounded by the ...
... people watching me lumber out of our room in my pjs and messy hair to use the bathroom. I always remind myself, you did this for 5 years in the Navy, stop being such a baby! After breakfast we headed out to the famous Notre Dame, where our audio tour would begin. The Notre Dame is on a small piece of land in the middle of the canal. The outside was beautiful and impressive as you would expect. The inside is where it ...
... recognizable Rodin (including Balzac in his robe). The girls did sit for some time doing some sketches and resting their legs. We ate dinner on the 5th floor café, looked at the skyline from the outdoor lookout, one last look at the Impressionist galleries on the 5th floor and then headed on our way at 8:30ish. We took the metro back to the apartment, exhausted after Mama’s Amazing Day. It was a pretty good day if I do say so ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Le Mesnil-Amelot
Stayed two nights (Dec. 28 and 29) and was very pleased with the hotel facilities. It is nicely decorated with comfortable rooms. Toilet is separate from the bathroom which could be nice when two or more are staying. Very energy efficient with hall lights that only come on when someone is traversing them. Room light required the key card to be placed in a receptacle near the door. Matress was harder then I'm used to but I had a great sleeep both nights.
Stayed at this hotel last week. It is an excellent hotel with great facilities. The rooms are spacious and well appointed.
Hard-to-Find Airport Hotel
This hotel was almost impossible to find. I tried to go there in the evening, apparently after the hotel shuttles stopped running. Nobody seemed to know where to find the hotel (despite having the exact address), including my cab driver. I wasted a lot of time, money, and effort trying to find the hotel. I would not recommend this hotel, unless you really need to be in the general vicinity of the airport and are travelling during hours when the shuttle is functioning.
Of course this is a soulless airport hotel - which airport hotels arent? but if you want an airport hotel at CDG this is OK, especially in the summer. we used it as a base for a day in paris after our french touring holiday before flying home. strong points are reasonably spacious rooms, excellent pool and leisure complex, good food and tea (best selection ive seen) at breakfast (tho coffee was sometimes lukewarm), and grassy area to sunbathe on (flights can be loud when outdoors but noise was acceptable when we were sunbathing). bad points are off airport location - make sure you get directions if driving to it as it isnt signposted from airport roads - and 30 minute frequency of shuttle service(but may have been cut back for august). another unexpected feature we didnt have time to explore is that the hotel is just outside a typical french village - bad luck about the choice of airport location monsieur - which has a couple of interesting looking bars and restaurants. if you can get this hotel for anything like the kind of rate we did - 99 euros a night incl breakfast for 2 adults + child off the radisson web site - then it is a great deal (and 30-80 euros below other comparable hotels at CDG during our stay).
Clean and nice but pointless unless waiting for a plane
First impression on arrival - where the hell am i? In the middle of knowwhere. Second Impression - The staff obviously thought i looked too young to be staying alone in the hotel. very clean, and the room was quite cosy but the food was very expensive and theres no where in walking distance to go to buy some food. in the middle of the night i was awoken 4 times - a fire alarm, which was supposedly a hoax, but i wouldn't know since no member of staff gave a reason or apology. the tv woke me with an alarm and so did the phone both of which i hadn't set myself. then the cleaner came in at 8.30 even though i didn't have to check out until 12. very annoying.
Tolerable if you're snowbound
I spent one night here because I was unexpectedly snowbound between flights when I was supposed to just change planes in Paris. If not for the snowy roads, I would have taken a bus into the city for the night. Almost all of the other hotel guests seemed to be Americans, and the environment seemed more American than Continental. The room was a typical modern American hotel room, but it lacked any sense of place. I might as well have been in Arkansas (nothing wrong with Arkansas). The restaurant was too expensive as compared to Parisian restaurants. This is a good hotel if you're snowbound at the airport, and probably a good choice for Americans who don't want to be in France.
A textbook example of a soul-less airport hotel
I stayed at the hotel for 5 nights during a business trip and experienced first hand just how soul-less an airport hotel can be.
What you should know before considering this hotel: the windows do not open; superior class rooms are decked out with well-worn bright-red fleece blankets; and the food is more-than-average. But most importantly, THE STAFF ALL GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY WOULD RATHER BE ELSEWHERE.
Avoid it if you can.
A good hotel
This hotel is a good choice when you arrive and are weary and need instant sleep. The rooms are all soundproof, so you can't hear a thing!
Rooms are well appointed--nice bathrooms too! In-house restaurant is pricey. There is a free shuttle that runs frequently to CDG airport as well as the nearby train and bus station. Free breakfast in the morning down in the lobby (croissants, juice, milk, etc). Of course being near the airport, it is not near any attractions. But a great place to spend time to help with your jetlag.
My wife and I had spent a lovely two weeks in France and were bracing ourselves for our return to work in Nigeria--where power failures are as common as corrupt officials--when we drove to the gate of Radisson SAS CDG. Seeing that the parking lot was fenced in like Sing-Sing, and parking was an addition $10 a night, I just about went to the nearby Comfort Inn. After seeing my wives eyes glaze with fatigue and not wishing to cancel my reservation, I decided to enter Fort Knox, and check-in. It was a Saturday, and like most airport hotels, a ghost town. OK enough story.The hotel is close to the airport (shuttle), newly renovated, immaculately clean, within driving distance of a market and bistros. If you want to see Paris or Disney forget this place. But if you get a deal arriving or departing France, this place was a good location to camp waiting for a flight. (If you don't get a deal, I'd only stay if I were on a company expense account, otherwise look at the Airport IBIS or Formule). We got the weekend deal, $125 a night with breakfast. (Rackrate of about $210 without breakfast). The Radisson did have a nice pool, pleasant patio; suggest BYOB or drive to a nearby village, the bar was too expensive. Good restaurant though. The breakfast, if included in the deal is fantastic, even at $22 a person for breakfast, it was one of the better spreads I'd ever seen at a European hotel.Radisson SAS CDG should drop the parking charge, plus all the other nit-picky fees they have, like charging for a room safe, or the $4 can of soda. Give us a break.
Good value 4-star hotel with a pool
We needed a nice hotel with a pool/sauna after our rainy trip through the Riviera in October! Despite the hotel's airport location, we did not find it to be too inconveniently located. The train from CDG airport is $7.50 each way (takes 20-30 min), but if you buy the all Paris transportation pass ($26 for two days of train/bus) this isn't much of a concern. The hotel has two shuttles per hour to the metro station, so we didn't have to wait long at any point.
The rooms were excellent, and well insulated from any noise. The pool was also a welcome relief from rainy Nice... Unfortunately the Sauna and hot tub were partially out of order, and the hotel staff never seemed too concerned about our disappointment. But for $115 US per night, this hotel was a good value.