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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!