Avalon Paris Hotel
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It is the second time I stay Avalon, and now it was even better! The first time the bathroom was new but the rooms was not! Now, everything was new! Very close to the metro and RER, besides buses.
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A Kiwi perspective
I choose this hotel on reading earlier reviews as a Kiwi visiting Paris for the first time and not wanting too much stess finding my hotel the first night. The location is great if your ariving via Eurostar, just 5 minutes down the road from the station. A nice tidy hotel with helpful staff who speak english. Yes, there was road noise and you could hear other guests coming home at all hours but that had been pointed out in other reviews plus french wine has a calming effect! Breakfast was far superior to what you get from UK B&B's and proivded you with the energy to explore Paris.
Just take the number 4 metro and your soon down in central Paris, it only cost s €1.40 a journey.
The Boulevard de Magenta needs some exploring as there are some wonderful markets down the street and if you turn right into the streets you can experience french living with everything on sale from rabbit, pheasant to coffe roasting, all aviable from the local shops.
You can also stock up on your pastries for the day from here before going down town - it was €4 for a cafe near the effiel.
So Ive given the hotel a 4 star rating as it met my expectations as a nice place to rest between exploring and there is a good choice of bars to spend the evening in.
Relais de Paris Gare du Nord will be our choice of hotel next time we visit Paris.
Small, clean, good location but not for light sleepers
Small hotel with even smaller rooms, very near to the gar du nord rail metro & bus station, very good location to see paris from, the hotel is clean well run & not expensive if you book via one of the web sites but, it sits on the rue de magenta & the all day & night noise from the traffic is is bad, from 7am -2am, police & ambulace sirens, complete the background sound effects as it is near to the hospital & police station, with the windows shut & plenty of wine from a good night out in the many near by bars & restaurants you may be ok, but be warned, no air con or bar & the restaurant only serves breakfast so not as described on some sites, lots of British & Spanish visitors on a budjet make up most of the clients.
Well worth the money after refurbishment
Booked this hotel for 2 nights and read previous reviews shortly before visiting and was really worried about what we would find.
However, we was pleasantly surprised on arrival. Extensive refurbishment has/is being undertaken and our room, although very small and basic, was extremely clean. We stayed in room 405 and it contained bed, desk, tv (only CNN for English speakers) and shower/toilet room. Bed Linen was very clean, carpets also very clean and shower room spotless.
Having only paid £90.00 total for 2 persons for 2 nights we were extremely pleased with the room.
Breakfast had only a small choice of continental (juice, cereal, croissants, rolls and fruit) but was pleasant.
Ideal location, 3 minutes walk from Gare du Nord station, from which you can access trains to most parts of France, and other countries including the Eurostar, and a Paris Sightseeing bus pickup point opposite, this is an ideal hotel from those who will be out most of the day, just needing a room for sleeping/washing. Would use again.
The only thing that was a bit off-putting was that there were extensive roadworks going on outside as the Boulevard de Magenta is being refurbished, but this is not the fault of the hotel. Also, fire/police sirens can be heard for most of the day and some of the night.
A truely great hotel was disgusted at other reports MUST READ
i have to say i am truly disgusted at other reports written about this hotel as from reading them i was dreading my trip to paris an had even lined up another hotel in case of emergancey that if in the event that we got there an weren`t impressed but from now being there i think that i must of stayed at the wrong hotel, as the staff i have never met nicer people and most helpful, our room which was 514 was spotless clean mind you it was a bit small but we only wanted to sleep in it (we were out all day) the weather in paris its self was sooooooo cold i was in new york in december an it was cold there but i never felt cold like in paris it hurts your bones, the heat in the hotel was unbelivable we ended up having to switch the heater off so therefor it is warm. If haven to say something negative about this hotel which i found no faults what so ever "the walls were a bit thin" but hey we didnt mind we were that tried from walking all day that we had a shower the conked right out but that is the only down side. An as for location this hotel is situated right next to the big train station gaurd de nord which will take you any where in paris you want to go. As for other hotels in paris as far as 2 3 or 4 stars hotels none had nothing different than what this hotel offers ok maybe there enterence an lobby was fancier but lets be honest how long do you be in these places (when you enter the hotel an leave it).
A truly awful hotel
This is, by far, the worst hotel that I have ever been unfortunate enough to stay in.
On arrival the hotel had no record of our internet booking even though it was already fully paid for. The incredibly rude staff seemed really annoyed that we had dared to turn up at all. We were first allocated a room that was already occupied. We were than given room 411 that still contained someones coat but were assured they had left. The lock on the door didn't work properly. The room was basic to say the least and stank of damp combined with rancid tobacco. The carpet was ancient and stained and there was some bizarre 1970's, battered furniture, the decor was very tatty and generally unkept. There was zero information in the room and even the fire excape diagram was incomplete. The bathroom was mostly functional except the shower that gave a torrent only and didn't drain away, there were also mouse droppings around. We chose not to have breakfast at the hotel.
We were woken every morning at about 7.30 by builders, but even worse than the noise was the thick cloud of cigarette smoke that seemed to come right through the walls. We stayed for 4 nights as we had already paid and it truly ruined what should have been a romantic break.
The staff were equally as rude and unhelpful if spoken to in fluent French. Check out consisted of handing in the key and leaving. I have never been so glad to get away from a place. Quite frankly this should be a no star hotel, it is an insult to genuine 2 star hotels. The pictures presented on the internet bear no resemblance to the place and they have a cheek charging more than hostel prices for their accommodation.
Much better than expected
I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights on Christmas day and Christmas Eve and I also felt a bit apprenhesive given the comments that i had read about the hotel but decided to go ahead with it as i had already paid for the hotel. i have to admit that i was a lot better that what i had expected. Given the cost of living in Paris, I could not have expected anything better given the price. It was a reasonable hotel if you consider it is only 2 stars. i found my stay pleasant enough, and I will probably go back to this hotel if i return to Paris.
Not Too Bad
When I saw what the others have written about this hotel, I was a little apprehensive about staying in that hotel. But I had no choice but to stay there since i've made payment for the hotel booking. I arrived at the hotel, expecting the worst but somehow, things were not as bad as they were described. The room is quite comfortable, spacious and clean. I didn't have problems with thieves or whatsoever. However, don't expect it to be posh or anything. In fact, it looked a little run down. Just a little. Breakfast served was okay. I thought all the workers there are friendly enough to tourists. All in all, the stay there was pleasant and I wouldn't mind staying there again if i ever am in Paris in the future. I would recommend this place to tourists who are looking for an economical but comfortable place to stay while they enjoy the beauty of Paris! :)
this is theworst hotel in the world and ciggerettes and tobaccoe that i bought went missing so make youre own mind up in short you would be better stayingin a cardboard box in the gere de nord
This Hotel was booked throught the Thomas Cook City Break brochure and was given as 2 star. It was booked on their recommendation and was awful. Threadbare furniture in the lobby, holes in the ceilings, large patches of flaking paint, not enough pillows, broken window frames meant noisy, cold room, leaking toilet!!!! no bath/shower mats, breakfast was minimal and fruit juice had to be asked for or it was not offered, staff slow and surly. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone who wished to use it for a City Break.
Do yourself a favour, and give this dump a miss
A shabby, grotty little dive of a place, with rooms which bore no resemblance to the official hotel pictures which enticed us to book a room there for an overnight stay.
The corner room we were initially given on the top floor of the hotel was poorly furnished, very tatty and badly in need of re-decoration, which, given that the hotel only had a 2 star rating and we were paying budget prices, was not entirely unexpected, and it was not something in itself which we would have complained about. The bathroom, however, was in a different league altogether, as not only was it filthy beyond belief and mould encrusted, but featured the added attractions of chipped and cracked tiling pretty much throughout, and a broken toilet seat to the bargain.
Our polite requests to the desk clerk for a change of room were initially met with the brush off, although after 10 minutes or so it was grudgingly agreed that we could transfer to a different room on the second floor. This turned out to be just as decrepid as the first room, although with the added bonus of bare electric wiring hanging from the walls and a window which wouldn't shut properly. The bathroom was equally as minging as the previous one, only this time the mould encrusted shower head-cum sink tap attachment was non-functional, which meant that the only means of washing ourselves was via the bidet.
As we were only staying for one night we gritted our teeth and resigned ourselves to the fact that we were not going to get anywhere asking for a further change of room, as if they had anything better to offer us at the time, we would presumably have been given it.
I would strongly recommend giving this hotel a miss.
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