Avalon Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
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Although I recognise that Paris is not always hot and humid my first comment is on the lack of air conditioning or ventilation in our room. The temperature had been particularly high that day but our room was unbearable to say the least, it was on the first floor facing a busy street, we were reluctant to open the window due to the amount of traffic noise (although the noise levels from within the hotel were enough to contend with, talking and shouting late into the night) and subsequent pollution smell associated with the humidity that day. This was one reason why we failed to sleep successfully, the heat accompanied with the cheap polyester bedlinen was a recipe for disaster. The hotel room itself was incredibly small and offered an additional bed, one that we did not request; this simply added to our discomfort due to the fact we were unable to move around comfortably and ultimately made the already small room appear even smaller and subsequently hotter. I would expect this type of accommodation from a hostel or budget hotel but the price of over £120, I am aware that is not a large sum in Parisian standards but we did expect a little more than we received, that being little to no sleep. We were checking out of the hotel before 8am, choosing to sit in a cafe for four hours awaiting our train rather than spending one more minute in what could only be compared to a sweat box.
Normally if you advise your hotel that you are coming to stay to celebrate a major anniversary they at the very least acknowledge you and wish you well on arrival. Sometimes they even make a bigger effort to show you are welcome. Not this place! No acknowledgment whatsoever - nothing, zero, zip! This place is more than slightly over sold by its internet listing; like most hotels these days they take liberty's with camera angles, and give the impression it's much smarter than it turns out to be when you roll up from the nearby (very nearby) Gare de Nord train station. That means you are surrounded by plenty of graffiti, cheap clothes stores (ok for buying a fancy dress outfit if you dig that kind of white suite vibe), blokes flogging corn on the cob from stolen shopping trollies, and seedy sex shops. It's about a 40 minute hike downhill to the Louvre (fine in the morning but get a cab back for sure!) Be careful what you book: All 'economy' rooms are on the noisy (24 hr noisy) street, so, unless incessant noise isn't a problem for you then don't bother! We upgraded for even more money and got a similar room on the back (where windows open to face another hotel room almost within stretching distance - ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, but not much). Towels got changed and beds got made (I hope with a sheet change but couldn't be sure), sadly tea/coffee facilities were not refilled, nor did the hairdryer work. When we reported it we were helpfully told it'd be put on a list (presumably to be gone once we were long gone - irritatingly as helpful as a chocolate fire-guard). Talking of chocolate; those delicious chocolate breakfast croissants and muffins were nowhere to be seen come breakfast time. Breakfast is OK I suppose, for a self service, clear-up-your-own-table-after kind of thing, but was just a bit ordinary - bread rolls with butter jam & marmalade, plain croissant, mini fruit danish, packet cheese, economy yoghurts, 'plastic ham', a coffee machine and juice dispenser, oh and a bowl of dubious looking tinned fruit chunks. The bottom line is we felt a wee bit ripped off. If it were slightly less money it'd be ok - maybe we simply got stung with a bad deal, who knows (as there were back-packer types 'upgraded' to the hotel from one of their others that clearly would have been unlikely to have shelled out as much as we did. Maybe the trick is to haggle, because for less cost it has the potential to be great value (if that makes sense!) If you are the owner/manager reading this - go check your records for this weekend and compare how much room 314 was paying compared to everyone else. If you want better ratings, be fair with how you charge.
Needed a hotel close to the main train station, so this Served us perfectly for an overnight stay for a family of 4 . Clean room with comfy beds and sheets . Modern new bathroom . Felt it was a Safe area despite being close to the main Gare du Nord station . That covers our basic requirements. Bonuses are: room safe , coffee heating pot and free coffee . Free bathroom essentials - shampoo and shower gel. LCD tv ( signal was poor but CNN was all we really needed, so no issue there). Free wifi . No AC but room was cool with windows open . Friendly and helpful front desk personal . Brightly lit hallways and there is a small elevator . Walking distance (maybe less than a 1km stroll ) to Sacre Cour and Montmarte . Bus stop to Eiffel Tower right in front of hotel . If you will be out exploring during the day, this is perfect. If you intend to hang out in the hotel, this might be cramped for you. Tip - choose a Room towards the back, as front road can get noisy . Optional Breakfast is at €12 per person . Nice Hotel ! Yes I recommend the place .
We stayed for 3 nights on the UK bank holiday weekend. Despite calling the hotel in advance on arrival we were not able to get a triple room as we had booked until the following day. This meant the 3 of us squeezed into a double room luckily my 3 year old enjoyed the adventure of it all. Not to worry we were in Paris! The following day we switched rooms to a triple in the morning and although we had more room there was now no bath which is not ideal for a toddler and frankly the room decor was old and musty. Not to worry we were in Paris! The location is good and although the local area is a little rough you are near to lots of nice places in under 10 minutes walk. Our problems really started on the second night. The hotel had no air conditioning and it was sweltering night. On returning to the hotel in the early evening my heart sank as it was full of hells angels bikers. We went out for a nice meal but returned to a cacophony of idiots revving their bikes on the street. This went on an off all night but reached a crescendo when some clown set the fire alarm off at 4am. No advice was given by the hotel staff and as our room faced the main road it was immediately clear it was nothing more than an idiot biker setting off the fire alarm. We got back to sleep but the following day received no apology from anyone at the hotel. I also did not see anyone from the hotel take on the bikers but to be fair not many would. Why on earth a so called luxury hotel allowed a bunch of bikers to stay is beyond me. Our final night was slightly less noisy but people seemed to be intent on slamming the heavy doors all over the hotel and on a very hot night without any air conditioning it was an uncomfortable night for sleep. I would really avoid this hotel at all costs. Their is an IBIS fairly close by and that has to be much better than this tired place. We have since emailed the hotel with our complaint but this was not even acknowledged. They seem not to care as soon as they have your money.
check-in is listed at 2:00pm but our room was not ready til 4:00pm. It's pretty easily accessible to Gare du Nord with lots of shops and restaurants nearby. Our room was on the 6th floor in this older hotel and the tiny, tiny elevator is very claustrophobic. Unfortunately, the A/C was not working on our visit and we could have used it. Breakfast was included, which was nice. Flore at reception was very nice and accomodating. We were able to print our boarding passes in the lobby.
We stayed for a cheap weekend in Paris and although we've stayed in some low priced and low quality places before (and better ones) this one could be miles better for the price with a bit of attention and some investment. Our room was on the 4th floor of a main road. The room was so tiny you couldn't sit on the toilet and close the door. Not easy if you need a 'you know what'. Smell lingers and spreads fast and for ages in such a small space. The shower pole was broken and the shower curtain not very clean. The room had no air conditioning and with weather around 25 degrees day and night you couldn't sleep with the window open. With the road noise, hooting and biker gangs in the same hotel revving and partying outside you couldn't sleep with the windows open. The room itself was ok I guess even if tiny but the ceilings and corners covered in cobwebs. What else is filthy. I didn't want to look further. There are two lifts but I got stuck in one between floors. Luckily I know what to do and fixed it myself. Nobody was hurt! The worst that happened was some idiots pushed the fire alarm at 4am. Staff were nowhere to be seen and a dozen people gathered and waited at the landing of each floor not knowing what to do. Eventually outside, the staff member told some people to go in but not everyone. We were left hanging with another 30 people until we asked what happened. The staff member had gone inside. It wasn't a tie so the guy was understandably annoyed but this should've been handled better. What if here WAS a fire? Not returning here, ever! The staff were friendly though. They almost wasn't this place a two or three!
I look no further than the Avalon now during trips to Paris. If you are planning on spending most of your time in your suite in honeymoon mode, this might not be the place for you, but for travellers looking for friendly staff, clean rooms with decent facilities, a good price and a really convenient location, it's hard to beat the Avalon. Gare de Nord is a couple of hundred metres away, Gare de l'est a couple more, so the money you save on cabs or other transport adds to the value. We are fairly active, so we walk or ride from the Avalon to key sites like Centre Pompidou; l'Opera; the Louvre; Les Halles; the Tuilerie and the lovely path along the Sienne. If the weather is bad or you don't feel like walking or cycling (bike path right outside the hotel!) there is of course the Metro nearby. Boulevard Magenta and the area surrounding the hotel offers a good variety of cafes, restaurants and bars.
I have stayed here 2x, but this last time will be my last! We had several issues. There was a gentleman walking around at night knocking on every door asking for a phone charger. He woke up some of the group I was with! I went to complain to the night manager and he yelled at the guy, but they were friends so he wasn't forced to leave! I felt as though this guy was scoping out what rooms to rob! Then the night manager was rude to all the women in our group! Our other issue was the wake up call on our last morning only happened for some rooms. And according to their agreement with our travel company, we were supposed to have a boxed breakfast our last day, but the night manager said they don't do that! So he loaded bread up in a bag and said here!
Adequate small central hotel near Gare du Nord. Breakfast is help yourself with large selection of different items from which to select. Lift to all floors. Reception staff thought we had booked one double room when we had booked two singles. It made us laught as we are ladies of a certain (pension) age! Hotel fine for a brief stay.
200 yards to Gare du Nord [Eurostar]. clean, well decorated, helpful staff, typical continental breakfast and comfortable beds. 20 minute walk to Sacre Coeur and Monmartre, convenient for RER and Metro. Would certainly be my first choice for any future visit to Paris.
- Close to Galeries Lafayette and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- 24-hour front desk
Located in 10th Arrondissement, Avalon Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Galeries Lafayette and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. This 59-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, a computer station, and a 24-hour front desk. Located in central Paris, the hotel is also near Notre Dame Cathedral and Arc de Triomphe.
For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.
All 59 rooms feature free newspapers and laptop-compatible safes. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries.
Avalon Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, 6 meeting rooms, and a computer station. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables.
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58% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 946 reviews