Timhotel Opera Madeleine
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We arrive in Paris after a 3 hour flight delay at JFK and an hour at Charles de Gaulle trying to figure out train tickets and the metro pass. The weather was supposed to be ideal with patches of rain on the day we arrived and sunny for the rest of the trip. The weather was 80+ degrees and Paris' trip planner made us walk miles to …
We departed London St Pancras at 8.26 am, catching Euro Star express train to Paris, having pre-booked our tickets in advance, we got 25 pounds special one way with youth discount, pretty good deal!
The Euro star train is similar to the Shinkansen in japan except they are not as fast, we had allocated carriages and seats. In …
... also spent some time in the park at Versailles - we went in the back door and enjoyed strolling thru the parklands, beautiful and very quiet
We also spent a little time in a large shopping centre in Versailles - spent a bit of time shopping, mainly for a case to bring our coffee machine (and some other shopping) home to Oz. Mission accomplished...well the case has been purchased
During the week we also managed to squeeze in ...
... having a picnic
Our second day in Paris started with a free walking tour (thanks to Meags for the suggestion) which took us around many of the iconic and important Paris sites as well as gave us some interesting info about the city. Recommendation nombre deux: if you have the time (not only in Paris), the free walking tours led by New Europe are in our opinion, usually well worth your time. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Timhotel Opera Madeleine Paris
Don't be afraid
The hotel is very well located in a very lively street.Metro is close by.Lots of restaurants and coffee shops nearby,including McDonalds and Starbucks.Rooms and bathrooms are the smallest I've ever seen but have everything you need.Extras such as shower gel and tea/coffee-making facilities are provided in the room.Rooms and bathroom are clean and neat.All in all a great place to rest your head (and everything else) after a busy day of sightseeing.The hotel does not have parking of it's own but there are many pay parking garages close by.The staff is very friendly and helpful.They speak English and are happy to provide you with maps and directions to anywhere you need to go.The hotel has a lift and heaters in the rooms.Do not be put off by the 2 star status of the hotel.That is not a reflection of the comfort of the hotel.Be sure to shop around for internet specials.
Fantastic Budget Option
It's hard to find fault with this hotel as, for the money, I'm not entirely sure it could be beaten. My girlfriend and I travelled to Paris at the end of our A Level exams (we're 18), and so wanted to stay in a place that gave us good access to popular places but left us with enough money to enjoy such attractions. Staying for 3 nights we encountered not a single problem, and would recommend this hotel to anyone on a budget: we paid just £149 pounds for flights from a local airport and accomodation.
Of course, the hotel did not offer anything above what you'd expect of a 2/3 star hotel in central Paris. The rooms were a little small, and basically equipped. However, they were also immaculately clean, solidly built (we heard no outside noise whatsoever), with a generous bathroom. Reception staff were friendly, and we much appreciated the ability to first store our luggage free of charge, and then enjoy a drink and cake in the lounge when coming back to collect it. I think that several US travellers do not quite realise the difference in costs of US and European hotels. Costs of living in the two continents are so vastly different that you will never get the same size of room for the same amount of money.
As noted before, the location is very good. It is very easy to catch the RER train from CDG to St Lazaire, which is directly opposite the station. The trip cost 8 Euros with one change at Gare du Nord, a quick and inexpensive way to reach the hotel and acclimatise yourself with Paris' underground network. In addition to this, there is plenty to do in the immediate area. We ate breakfast at a small chain bakery two doors away, and did plenty of shopping in Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps, 5 minutes walk away. There were also several convenience stores, a large GAP and a H&M.
Other attractions took more walking to.... The Arc de Triomphe is reachable by foot, as is the Louvre, but they did take around 40 mins to reach. We enjoyed 2 fantastic nights out, and safely made our way back home through a combination of walking and the Metro.
Overall, this hotel provided exactly what we needed. For those intent on exploring Paris from 8am to 1am, there is little need for the extras afforded by pricier options. The hotel was clean, accessible, comfortable and friendly, and facilitated a great stay in Paris.
I spent one week in the hotel with my boyfriend and we found it very good. We heard a lot bad about Parisian hotels but it was above average. First of all the location was really good. Even though it is in front of the Gare St. Lazare, it was very clean and there were a lot of restaurants, the underground and the bus stop were close. The room was clean, the bed was very big, the only thing I was sorry about was the view. We had no view from the room but the wall and the neighbour's room. The reception was absolutely perfect!!! Thanx for all their help! I would stay there next time I travel to Paris.
Great Hotel in Pairs
The hotel is Great . Just few minutes walk from Big shopping Mall.
The room is clean . The room have air conditioner as they upgrade me to superior room . But the shower room is quite small even i cannot turn around easily . The rate is great on the internet. I think next time i also will stay in this hotel
My room was very modern, almost brand new. Had A/C facing street with nice view, but not sure if the interior rooms had A/C. It is possible the interior rooms are the bad ones with no air or view. Only negative is location which is not the best at night. Daytime is great near the big dept store. My next visit would be near Latin Quarter or near attrractions.
We stayed at this Timhotel in mid-april. I think it is a good choice for someone who has very low standards. Yes, it is in a good location (near the subway and shopping). Yes, the staff is friendly. Yes, the price is reasonable. So if that is all you care about, then this would be a fine choice. The biggest problem was the stench of stale smoke...in a NON-smoking room. My husband and I requested a different non-smoking room every day, but were always told it was "too late, ask again tomorrow." Though the weather was cold, we preferred to have the window open than gag on the nastiness. Even though we spent most of the day sightseeing, this was really a big issue. The clothes in our suitcase even started to smell. The room was very small and dark. The carpet was questionable (made me not want to take my shoes off). I really would only recommend this place to a smoker interested in a budget motel. We won't ever return to the Timhotel Opera Madeleine.
Small rooms, but affordable and great location.
This is an affordable hotel in an unbeatable location. Its proximity to St. Lazare as well as the Department Stores (Printemps is three minutes walk away, a Monoprix supermarket with all your basic items (open until nine o'clock) is only four minutes away, Galeries Lafayette is only seven minutes walk away) makes this a superb choice. The subway station right under the hotel allows quick access to the Champs Elysees and the Louvre as well as the northern arrondissements of Paris. Madeleine and Opera areas are a ten- to fifteen-minute brisk walk away.
Access from the Roissy-CDG airport is easy: you step onto the RER train leaving from terminal 2, ride the train into Gare du Nord, transfer to the Magenta station within Gare du Nord and go one stop to St Lazare. You then take the Rue du Havre exit out and you will be able to see St Lazare not too far away. The hotel is sandwiched between parts of the Restaurant Garnier. (Approximately the same location as the Hotel Londres et New York, right above the subway exit.) To get to the airport, you can take the reverse of this route or opt for the bus from Opera Garnier. The hotel also works with a shuttle bus company that ferries passengers to the airport for 25 EUR (one person) or 15 EUR (each) for two persons or more.
The reception, clean and brightly lit is on the second floor, and there is an elevator which you can use to take any heavy luggage up with you. Both of the staff members I dealt with were pleasant and helped me with booking the taxi and finding the nearest post office. There is a lounge with vending machines, and a luggage room to hold baggage upon check-out. Tourists from many different countries choose to stay here.
Within walking distance there is a Chinese take-out, a flammekuche (thin pizza) restaurant, a PAUL bakery and a McDonald's (option for breakfast); right next to the hotel is a seafood restaurant and a Bistro Romain serving standard French fare; across the street an expensive restaurant in the Hotel Concorde St. Lazare. St Lazare station is literally right across the street and provides access to destinations in Normandy and Bretagne.
Rooms are rather dark, though the bathroom is well-lit. Each room has a coffee maker with tea bags and instant coffee, along with cream and sugar and two small mug cups. The TV is small, though there was CNN, BBC Prime Time and French MTV aside from the regular channels.
On my first stay I was given a double bed; on my second stay there during the same trip, I was given a room with two single beds lying side-by-side.
The bathtub is quite large and comes with a shampoo/soap dispenser attached to the wall.
Booking through the hotel home page you can get some fairly good bargains (via the fastbooking site) but the booking process is a little bit less transparent than what you get with some of the other hotel booking sites. Still 75 EUR (I also saw some 65 EUR) rooms are a great bargain in central Paris.