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Holiday Inn Express Paris-Canal de la Villette

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We really loved this hotel. The rooms were clean and the service was very friendly. It is a good base for touring Paris. The breakfast was good value. We enjoyed the location near the canal which was perfect for relaxing evening walks after busy days. There are plenty of restaurants in the area. The wifi was good.

I booked the hotel in London and they gave me a price. I was told that I will pay when I check out. The room was small but clean. The location was ok, next to a canal and plenty of restaurants and cafes. However, when I went to pay the last day I was surprised to find out that I have to pay almost doubled my booked price. They told me they charged for the day and the price depends on the demand. I was very upset but I had to catch my plane to London. I highly recommend that you find ANOTHER hotel if you want to pay a fair price.

This hotel is a bit far out from the city, but it is close to the lovely Canal de la Villette and was a lovely area to stroll around in the evening and watch lots of local families picnic, drink, laugh, and play games. The hotel rooms were a good size and they have AC, which was essential as it was really hot when we were there in June. There's a small bar in the hotel, but you can also walk to many small restaurants and bars close by. The breakfast was plentiful and pretty good, cheese, bread, cereal, fruit, yogurts, bacon, sausage etc. The staff were very helpful and friendly. And as with most hotels, the staff spoke many different languages.

Busy business and tourist hotel but good quality, efficient and friendly staff. The area has undergone significant improvements - lots of canal side restaurants and lovely to walk around in the evening. Bit awkward to get to from fare du bird ( for a Brit) but once you're here a good base for touring Paris. Recommend getting a velibe bike and cycling from here to Bois de Vincennes, mostly good bike paths (though Parisians still treat cycle paths as OK for parking on). Air con worked fine and it was 34 and humid outside!

I stayed here with my family here on May. This is located at a nice neighborhood with a water body close by. There are few good restaurants close by. It is bit away from city center, but that is not an issue since the Metro station is just few minutes walk from this hotel. Breakfast is good, though on all days the menu was kind of same. The staff is courteous. The room quality is ok for the price charged. Overall a good place to stay if you are looking for a economical option to stay at Paris.

When you go to Holiday Inn Express, your expectations are rather low, but then sometimes you realize your expectations were too low. In the case of this hotel, the staff is nice but I was not satisfied with my experience. First of all, they have very nice TVs in the rooms, but apparently they have disabled the capability to connect a computer to it, or even just a USB stick. This is very unfortunate. Secondly, it was extremely hot in Paris, and I know this was very unusual. However, I was literally sweating in my room even with the AC at its highest level. When I spoke to the staff they said I should turn on the, maybe this has happened to people in the past, but certainly my AC was on, and they even came up to "help" me. I asked for a fan - they don't have any. They were going to change my room, but really the AC was exactly the same and besides that room had a terrible room. I was told that the manager would connect me the next day about the situation. The next morning, I even went to the front desk and ask them again about possibly coming and fixing the AC or cleaning the filters or something. I was assured that they are aware of the situation. Now, I never heard back from anyone. As far as I could tell, nothing was done. I even wrote a note in French and placed it by the thermostat to please don't turn off the AC (to the cleaning staff) so that at least upon my return it would be a little bit cooler, and it does take about 1/2 hour for it to have any effect at all. Twice they turned off the AC in any event. I ended up buying my own fan for the room. As far as the location? Well, it's certainly a multi-cultural area, but in my opinion, the area is just blame filthy and smelly. I wouldn't recommend this area of Paris and I wouldn't recommend this hotel. It was not inexpensive at all (I think there was something going on in Paris that jacked up the prices), and you really don't get much for your money. The pillows were old and uncomfortable, although overall the hotel was clean. I am a Spire Elite member and really I wasn't recognized as such, only as a "member"...about the internet, I guess maybe I got this for free because of my status, so I am not sure if it is free otherwise.

The hotel location is good: close to canal (attractive), close to Metro (access to Paris centre), plenty of atmosphere and nightlife (locals having picnics, cafes and bars) and close to a playground (for our kids). The hotel is smart, contemporary and the rooms are a reasonable size. Breakfast is fine too (wouldn't say excellent), and substantial enough for days out. For longer stays, however, I could see how the limited choice might become a bit monotonous. Parking is EUR23 which I felt was a bit expensive - but is comparable with parking on the street for the day - and carries the benefit of security. Note: 8pm-8am and Sundays the on-street parking is free. All in all, highly recommended for the price.

We had concerns initially wen we saw the hotel room, because it didn't have the amenities we expect in a hotel in the U.S. -- no drawers for clothing, just a handful of hangers, no refrigerator or microwave. However, we stayed for two weeks and were very comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was kept clean, and the daily breakfast was lavish. The location of the hotel is very convenient, too. It's close to two Metro stations and within walking distance of many attractions, restaurants, and appealing sights.

Stayed at this hotel June 9-12 and had an absolutely wonderful experience. The front desk staff was fluent in English and always willing to give a helping hand. As per my request an extra bed was included for my daughter. No drawers for clothes, however we were able to accommodate our belongings in this spacious room. Beds were comfortable, bathroom was adequately sized as well and clean! In my opinion the elevators had a good enough size to accommodate 3-4 people. The breakfast was excellent with a large variety of choices, a WONDERFUL value and convenience we enjoyed. A large chain hotel with a boutique feel. The metro was a 10 minute walk through the Villette Canal which offered great local scenery and people watching. After one day we had the metro connections perfected with the help of the front desk. Prior to leaving the hotel did a taxi reservation for us and our transportation came punctually on time and stress free. The only minor issue was that the Villette canal area can be busy and bustling late into the evening and if your a very light sleeper it "may" bother you. As for us it did not. Loved this hotel and plan to come back.

It makes our stay memorable and pleasant whenever you meet friendly and ever willing reception staffs to help you especially when one is in a new environment. Very good command of English which is helpful as our French is too poor to get the right message. The staff were helpful when our flight was cancelled due to bad weather in London and assisted us to made further arrangement with British Airway. Many thanks. Hotel is in a very cosy and peaceful environment and easy access to the metro station. Surrounded by many restaurants,shopping malls, a park, a canal and even a church. Our night out to Moulin Rouge was more enjoyable and safe when the hotel staff arranged for us reliable taxi transport to and from the hotel. Breakfast was indeed sufficient with lots of varieties. It's really value for money.

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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. Self parking is offered for EUR 23 per day. 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, Accessible (Roll-In Shower)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, Non Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 Double Bed, Balcony

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1095 reviews