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Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I have stayed at this hotel perhaps half a dozen times, most recently in December, 2017. First, I like Holiday Inn. You know what you are getting, there is a corporate organization to complain to if you are not satisfied, and you can sign up for a membership program that allows you to accumulate points that can be used later for free lodgings. Second, I like this hotel in particular because it has features that are important to me, that is, it is in a safe neighborhood, at a short walk to the metro, the rooms are clean and neat, the breakfast that is included in the price is excellent, and I like the staff. Let me expand on some of these comments. The hotel is attractive. It is located on a canal in a neighborhood to the north west of Isle de la Cite. The area of the hotel is quite attractive. There are boats docked at the canal, some of which are available for dining. The hotel is nice looking, and at night there is a light show against it, featuring changing colours. There are several levels of room depending on the amount of space you require. I have stayed in several of these different rooms and been very pleased. As you enter the hotel, the registration desk is to the right and the elevators are directly ahead. When you board the elevators, it is quickly apparent that there is a kind of tropical garden separating two sections of the building. This is a very nice touch. Many bedrooms (not all) have balconies, and that's a nice touch, too. The rooms are well planned for efficiency and the bathrooms are quite nice. I do not remember staying in a room where there was a bathtub, but the showers are spacious, so there is no sense of claustrophobia or difficulty moving about in the shower. The amenities are listed on the hotel website. The breakfast is buffet style and you can eat as much as you want. One reason I am probably viewed as a grouch when reviewing the breakfasts served at other hotels is that I judge them against the level of service at this hotel. The dining room is nicely arranged, the staff are friendly and speak English easily and well, and the selection of foods is larger than many other hotels and all of it is very good. You can have different styles of eggs, sausage, cereals, different breadstuffs, cheeses, preserves and jellies, and, if I remember correctly, American style bacon. With respect to the breads, there are several kinds of sliced bread, and also croissants and chocolate croissants, brioche, and the like. Several fruit juices are offered as well as coffee, tea and milk and hot chocolate and water. The dinner plates are hot and it is possible to make toast to suit yourself. The food is topped up throughout the breakfast time so that you never go wanting. The breakfast is suitable for children as well as adults and looking about the dining room, it is clear that families stay here regularly. Turning now to the staff, I have always been impressed by their courtesy and the level of service they provide. As it turned out on this last trip, not through planning but by happenstance, I had a little more need of assistance from hotel staff than is usually the case with me and the people who ended up, again by happenstance, helping me more than others were M. Paul and M. Victor. They were outstanding. I realize they were doing their jobs, but I was still left with the impression that they try hard to do their jobs well and they succeed. I'm very grateful for all their help and advice during my visit. I should also add that there is a restaurant (La Crimee) attached to the hotel, but not part of it, where a very good meal, mostly seafood, can be had for a fair price. The hotel also has facilities for business meetings and conferences. I have stayed at other hotels in Paris, and comparisons to some extent amount to apples v. oranges. That said, I think the value for the money is the best here of those in which I have stayed. There are others I will not return to because I was not pleased in one or more aspect, but this hotel exceeds expectations in every respect, and that is why I return whenever I am able.

Stayed in this hotel during our trip to Paris, nice hotel, location is great as it is close to the metro train, very convenient to stay as it is walking distance at the same time on a small convenience store, the only comment I have is that we were given a room for disabled as the toilet is too high from the floor, otherwise, we have a view of the canal from our room and the room is very clean and comfortable, breakfast is delicious and good choices in the buffet, like scrambled eggs and bacon, tasty breads and croissant. We booked last minute for a ticket going to the Louvre, there Chef de rèception is very helpful, Pierrick Dhennin, very professional and assisted us to get our tickets fast, as it was our last day in Paris and flying early the next day. Will definitely go back to this hotel when we visit again Paris.

I imagine that the Holiday Inn Express format is something like, "leave out the unnecessary and improve on the necessary." If that's the case then the Paris - Canal de la Villette has nailed it perfectly. Everything I want in a hotel was here and in good supply. I loved my 6th floor room. It even had a small garret style ceiling-wall that made it seem even more comfy. The room and the bathroom had lots of space. There was a sofa bed that could accommodate a third or maybe a forth person. There were three elevators and I never had to wait for one to arrive. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Across the street at No 67 there was a great restaurant, very popular with the locals but had no problem seating me on Friday night even though I was by myself. The breakfast in the hotel was top quality and I went back for seconds and thirds. I loved the Camembert cheese offered in the buffet. There's a metro stop very close, Riquet, I think. I would stay here again easily.

This hotel offers comfortable rooms and a nice buffet type breakfast. The surround is quite. It is close to the subway (Crimé); you have a direct line (7) to all the well known museums. Just a small negative point the light in the bedroom is weak not easy to read a book.

Good inexpensive hotel - rooms are good size - buffet continental breakfast was good. A bit out of the way but if you use uber it is about 10 Euros to museums. Great little restaurant on the corner of the street - very friendly and they speak English.

Any room ending in 03 is a corner room overlooking the canal (see pics),you pay extra,but the rooms are great .....we paid the extra and had 603,and it is the biggest hotel room we have ever stayed in.....MASSIVE... Stayed for 2nights,July 14th onwards,and found the staff to be exceptional,ALL of them,which is a first for us anywhere in the world...If we knew how much we would enjoy Paris,then we would have done 5 nights plus,so will be back in 2020!!!! ......Basic room,carpet a bit grubby,but sofa,rainfall shower,Tv area and king size bed........and a balcony on 2 sides overlooking a canal...... we did book well in advance,on the IHG website,E-Mailed the hotel as well to get the best room..... Only gripe would be the lack of fridge/minibar,so take a big cool bag and buy ice and beer/wine from the local shops as we did and enjoy your views.... As said,the staff are fantastic,helpful,english speaking and more than go the extra mile!

Love the location. It's beside the river, with room overlooking the river. Room size can accommodate family with 2 kids with comfortable sofa bed. Excellent customer service, all staff are friendly. The hotel is near to the metro station with only one change of train to Eiffel tower. There's cafe at the corner and Halal restaurant near metro station. Have I said enough about the beautiful location... perfect first entr’ee to Paris..

The best part about the hotel was the view from the room. The room service was almost negligible, however, the staff ( a young boy) at the reception was very helpful. At night, around 9.30, did not feel much safe while walking down from the metro station to the hotel, may be I was wrong.

Firstly the location of this hotel is perfect! Our room overlooked the canal and it was a good view to see people enjoy activities at the canal side. The hotel is walking distance to a metro station and we could walk easily with 2 kids (3 and 7). This is my second trip to Paris and i was expecting a smallish room (or rather very tiny room) from my previous stay in another hotel but this room was big for Paris standards. It could easily accommodate a side bed where our daughter slept comfortably and we weren't bumping into our luggage or each other despite the side bed being open. The breakfast was very good and we fueled up for the day before the long hours spent walking! Helpful staff.

I stayed here for a business trip. Having stayed in another hotel before I checked-in into this one, this hotel does have a different feel. It's a good business hotel situated in a quiet neighbourhood. It's less than 500 meters from a metro station "Riquet", which pretty much can get you directly to most of the touristy place like Louvre, Gallery Lafayette among others without having to change line. There is also a halal restaurant right before you reach the metro station, which I believe is a plus point for Muslim travellers. It offers a sizeable breakfast buffet spread and also free WiFi connection for each room.

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Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Parc des Buttes Chaumont
  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in 19th Arrondissement within a short walk of Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. This 3-star hotel has 144 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a 24-hour business center. Also close to this Paris hotel are Galeries Lafayette and Notre Dame Cathedral.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All of Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette's 144 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, phones, and desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Beds sport pillow menus and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Guests of Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, 7 meeting rooms, and a conference center. If you drive, self parking is EUR 24 per day, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 65 per vehicle one-way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and free newspapers.

Room options

Room, 1 Double Bed with Sofa bed, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, 1 Double Bed, Accessible (Roll-In Shower)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Twin Beds, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 Double Bed, Balcony

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1172 reviews