Timhotel Gare Du Nord
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTimhotel Gare Du Nord Paris
Well the hotel can only be described as average, if even that. The place looked clean enough but in no way would I say was really clean. However, I haven't stayed in any other French hotels to compaire it to but I have heard that they do not tend to be very clean.
All the staff who we spoke to were very friendly and we didn't have any major problems during our stay. The only thing I'd say that was lacking from this very basic hotel was tea, coffee and water in our room. As I said, we didn't really have any problems however, the shower did not reach the holder on the wall and therefore you had to hold it in your hand whilst showering. Not very practical.
I can't say I would recommend this hotel, but I also wouldn't say it was very bad. In the end, I didn't book or pay for the hotel, but was surprised it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be!! It gets 2 stars, not because it was bad, but because it wasn't good enough to be deserving of 3 stars!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Timhotel Gare Du Nord Paris
Quite possibly the noisiest place on the face of this earth.
Alright, the hotel itself is not bad. I must admit i would have expected it to be much dirtier than it was. There was some mold on the bathroom ceiling, but thats nothing to worry about. Don't eat the breakfast, its 8.50 a person, which is an atrocious price for their average breakfast. The only problem, and it's a big one, is the noise. There is no AC at this hotel, but thats ok, since paris is a cool city and all you have to do is open a window at night to let the Air in. Unfourtunately, this hotel happens to be directly in front of Paris's largest train station, the Gare du Nord, hence the name. There is a train every minute, and most of them are old trains that screech and scream for very long periods of time as they are braking. If that isn't enough, the hotel is next door to both the fire department and the emergency hospital, where the sound of trains is complemented by ambulances and fire engines ALL NIGHT LONG. good luck.
Timhotel, first and last time!
We booked the Timhotel Gare du Nord through an internet travel agent as part of a short break to Paris. I think its described as "a typical late 19th century Parisian building". What they failed to mention was that the fixtures and fittings were of the same era.
The staff at the main desk were polite and curteous on check in and we didn't envisage any problems, until we got to our room. The room we were given was absolutely tiny, there was barely enough room to squeeze between the bed and the very small writing table at the bottom of it. The "en-suite" bathroom was not big enough to stand in and stretch both arms out and the tiles were cracked and stained.
The climax of this trip was when my wife was using a travel iron and went to place it on the top of the bathroom sink (this was where the one and only power socket was), the said sink then cracked into two pieces and fell onto the floor badly bruising her foot. On reporting this, the hotel duty manager tried to charge us 310 euros for the repair of the sink. I'm sure you can imagine what my reply was and rest assured, the 310 euros is still firmly in my wallet.
There are plenty of hotels in this area which are of a far higher standard for roughly the same price (Ibis etc). If we ever go back to Paris we will certainly not be gracing Timhotel group with our custom!
Worth the Money
We also were booked at this hotel as part of a Go-Today package. We were there for nine nights and were not disappointed (our last morning we were talking with a couple who had paid almost as much for their airfare to Paris as we paid for our entire vacation). Our room was standard for this level of hotel - we seldom upgrade our room since we don't spend much time there. Breakfast was very good. As others have mentioned this is not a 4 star hotel, however, as with most things you get what you pay for and this hotel is a good deal for the money.
Not bad, definitely not great
I was at the Timhotel in April. It is definitely a budget hotel. We arrived early, but were told we'd have to wait another 5 hours for our room. We were very tired from the long flight and you'd think that since they know many of their guests would be coming in early from North America that they would have some rooms ready earlier. We've been to places that do take that into account.
We dropped our luggage off downstairs in a locked room, but anybody who borrowed the key to drop off or pick up their luggage could rummage through everyone else's. Since we had time to kill, and were tired but had no room, and weren't in a particularly interesting or aesthetic area, we decided to do the breakfast. It lived up to the reviews. It was sustenance and not much more. They had one girl who was about the slowest person I ever saw. The 5 or so tables they had had dirty dishes and cups piled up all over them - some of the guests were even just moving them around to clear a space big enough for their own plates - surrounded by a multitude of previous diners' dishes and trash! There was virtually nothing to eat nor drink. This was a common occurrence throughout the week - the breads and beverages and clean dishes would run out and take an eternity to be restocked - and when she did she'd come out with 5 cups or a few croissants - to which the desperate guests would lunge and take before we had a chance.
On top of this - the desk clerk told us we had to pay for this breakfast - even though I explained to him that we were there for 6 nights, entitled to 6 breakfasts, and would be leaving too early the final day to catch our breakfast, therefore we took it now. Other places we've been to didn't care much about substituting one for the other - but this guy wouldn't budge. Luckily when we checked out the following week he was not at the desk, so we were not charged.
I went back to the desk after maybe 4 hours of waiting and that guy did get us a room - it stank! It actually smelled bad!! I thought it would clear out in a day or so - but it didn't. Finally after 3 days we complained and they moved us to another one. They said that room was always like that because it was on a sewer line! I guess that guy was a real ------- after all! The rooms are the smallest I have ever stayed in - and I've traveled fairly extensively - almost every state and 21 countries. The smallest...
The area is nothing to rave about, but the train station - as anyone can tell by walking out the front door - is very close, so that helps. We also frequented a small Indian/American/Mexican place on the main road down the block and right around the corner - just over the bridge. The owner was very nice to us, and the food was decent and cheap.
Another reviewer mentioned the 'Maison Blanche'. I read the review before I left but forgot the name -and was caught in their web. I will help you travelers NOT get caught. The reason it is appealing is because it is across the street from the train station (as with many other places to eat) and they have a little rotating menu in 4 languages - one of the few there that has english. Do yourself a favor - take a chance on one of the other places that only have the french menus displayed - it has to be better. The appetizers were actually good, but the entrees were terrible (I had duck that I thought would be fantastic, but food in a cafeteria would be better - and the food at the other place I mentioned earlier was better and cheaper!). Then the waiter lied to us as well about the tip not being part of the bill, even though I pointed it out to him, he just shrugged it off and lied to my face. Also, when we initially went in there, even though there were only one or two other tables occupied, they tried to seat us next to a pole, which made movement difficult. We asked for another table by the sidewalk. The only other people there were tourists like us - Germans in this case I think. So remember - AVOID the place with the rotating menu in 4 languages if you forget the name! It was $75 that could have better spent at the other place for several meals of better quality!!
We also recommend dining and walking near Notre Dame - in and near the Latin Quarter - that was our favorite area.
The Timhotel had a few nice features - utterly small balconies to look out from; a very small but actually charming courtyard (check it out); and from our room we had a beautiful view of Sacre Coeur lit up at night. The elevator is small - can only hold 4 people w/o luggage, or 2 people with it. They do seem to cater to school field trips - as there was an incessant stream of kids, and if you hit breakfast at the wrong time you'd either be waiting in line or going to a room that looked like locusts had just swarmed in! So, realize it is very budget, but we went to Paris for the other sights - not the hotel. Not the worst place, but it has seen better days, and most likely we'd spend the extra money and upgrade to a better and maybe closer to the center-of-the-city hotel.
Might have done better elsewhere
I stayed at Timhotel from May 4 - 10, 2004. We arrived at the hotel after the red eye flight from Washington DC at about 8AM and wee told that check in time is 3pm, leave the luggage in the downstairs luggage room and come back. No offer of coffee or anything. Had to carry th eluggage downstairs and back up at 3. I was given a room 3' across an elevator, asked for another room and was told no. The room was OK and was overlooking railroad tracks and Sacre de Cour, whichever way you look at at. The first couple of nights I had trouble sleeping due to the trains passing by. I would choose another hotel just for this.
The bathroom was lit by a single energy saving fluorescent lamp and I cut myself several days while trying to shave in semidarkness.
The hotel had breakfast buffet which was serviced by 1 person, in a 50+ room hotel. Every morning there was musical chairs for a table and after that at least half the edibles were gone. Only staples were bread and cheese. My BF consisted mostly of bread, cheese and coffee, but even the coffee machine was broken 1 morning. May be it was the hotel's fault in part. The hotel caters to group tours so busloads of young and hungry travelers ate dinner sized BF, maybe stocked their backpacks with bread and cheese for the day and left the BF room empty of food and tableware. But having just 1 person to refill and clean was the hotel's fault. I complained about this and there was no action. Only 1 out of 3 desk persons I met was friendly. So, if you go, bring your own cup and don't count on eating eggs or yogurt, etc. as the maid put out like 10 eggs or 10 yougurts among a crowd of 20-30 tourists. I have read many places that it is impossible to have a bad meal in Paris, but here is one place.
We liked this hotel
We were booked at this hotel as part of a package deal with Go-Today. After reading reviews in some Travel books, we were concerned about the area. One article called it "the Porno" section. All we saw were 2 sex shops, which we did not check out. (This hotel is in the 10th arrondissement.)We thought the hotel was great for the price we paid. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. The breakfast, which is included in the price was above average compared to what we have experienced in other hotels. There was a choice of really nice pastries and French stick bread, cereal, fruit and 2 kinds of cheese. There were 2 kinds of fruit juice as well as tea and coffee. And on Monday morning, there were even eggs, hard boiled, which was fine with me.The previous reviewer mentioned something about friendly tramps looking in the windows. We were on the ground floor and we did not experience anyone trying to peer in at us.Our package did not include transfers and we had to get from Gare du Nord to the hotel ourselves with our luggage. Even with a map, we had difficulty and the first person we asked did not speak English. My long in the past high school French, was just enough to get us pointed in the right direction and then we found someone who could direct us. The problem is the streets. After almost every block they are given a new name and the blocks are triangular in shape. It is almost impossible to "go around the block". If you are in the 10th arrondissement, you MUST go to Brasserie Flo, 7 cour de Petits-Ecuries. But if you find 5 cour de Petits-Ecuries, don't assume the place next door is Brasserie Flo. We wondered if the name had changed and went in to ask. We were directed back to Fauberg St. Denis, and walked down it until we saw the sign. We had to turn into a dark alley and there it was! The dining experience there was worth it, if you want to try authentic Alsation food and wine.However our experience at "La Maison Blanche" near the hotel and across from Gare du Nord, at 21 rue de Dunkerque was a different story. The service charge was included in the price and the waiter told us it wasn't, so we added another 15%. Later when we looked closer at the bill, right at the bottom I saw "service 15% compris", which means it WAS included. We did not bother to go back and complain. A regular mug of beer was 7.40 Euros, which is about $12 Canadian. Look for some place else.I would definitely go back to this hotel. The low price allowed us to experience Paris for a few days, something we felt we could only dream about. We are planning to watch for another good deal on Travelzoo and go back again next year.Contrary to what we had also heard, we did not find the French people to be rude at all, but very willing to help.
An absolute belter! Scruffy Streets overlookin the hotel where an absolute gem. Loved the tramps looking thru the window at night were extremely friendly. PURELY BELTER!!
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