10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice time at the Relais
"Our family stayed at the Relais de Paris for eight nights during our first visit to Paris. The three of us--2 adults and an 11-year old--were quite comfortable in the triple room--though a bit small, the design of the room and bath made it easy to share the space together.
The rooms are quite contemporary, uncluttered and very clean. Our request for extra towels took a while to produce the towels, but they arrived with an apology for the delay and a smile. The bathroom lacked a shelf for cosmetics or extra towel hooks but the incredible hot shower made up for that! And the air conditioning was welcome after a hot day of walking around the city.
The front lobby is small, but there are two areas sitting areas and one was a nice place to read and make plans for the day. The front desk people were helpful and courteous, particularly Linda and Philippe, who recommended two great restaurants within walking distance--Cafe Panique and Brasserie Flo. There is one computer for guest use, which my daughter used daily. We felt quite comfortable letting her go down to the lobby on her own, where the staff kept a watchful eye.
The neighborhood is not at the center of tourist traffic, more like where working Parisians live. We found several nice little shops for food and items, including the St. Quentin covered market, with many stalls with cheese, meats, bread, sweets and drinks, just 30 steps from the hotel. 3 major Metro stops within 5 minutes walking distance made getting around quite easy.
I would gladly stay at the Relais again, particularly for the cost per value."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of July 2007
Great Paris Hotel
"Our family of three from the United States loved the hotel. It was or it had:
1. Close to train and Metro/bus transportation
3. good showers
4. triple still had room to move around the room
5. good Europen breakfast (rolls, cheese, coffee, juice, cereals)
6. good French Flavor
- Travel date: Fri 20th of July 2007
Loved this hotel!
"We stayed at the Relais de Paris Lafayette for 16 nights whilst we were studying in Paris. The surrounding area doesn't boast many tourist features, but it's a stone's throw away from both Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est, which was really convenient. Walking away from the stations down the Rue des Petits Hotels you stumbled across some charming little places. There was cheap, quality food available everywhere, which was important for us struggling students.
This hotel has recently been refurbished so it is very clean and very colourful. The bathroom was new, too, and did have a bath as well as a shower. The room was standard European size. My friend became ill during our time here, and we were glad for the quiet, cosiness of the hotel.
There was a computer in the lobby which was convenient for checking emails, and the hotel staff were so nice and helpful. My friend had lost her bags on the flight over and the staff were constantly calling and checking the progress (there was none, during out 4 weeks away, she didn't get it back).
The hotel breakfast was awesome - it was really good value for money. It was a buffet style, meaning you could really get your money's worth, and it was good to have some variety beyond the traditional French confiture-ou-croissant. The orange juice was from a machine though and pretty watered down, but it was better than many cafes we visited in Paris.
So yes, we loved this hotel and I'd recommend it to you too!"
- Travel date: Wed 18th of July 2007
Good Value Hotel. Clean and Comfortable.
"Choose this hotel as it was near the Gare du Nord, and I was arriving late/leaving early on the Eurostar. Tip - easy route from GDN to hotel is to walk to in front of the RER part of the GDN station and walk down 2 blocks. The hotel is on a street kind of diagonally opposite.
Reception was a bit strange, didn't want CC details, just gave us a swipe card and we were on our way.
Room good, a little tired in parts, particularly the carpet. Small TV gets BBC World, CNN and Eurosports in English.
Bathroom excellent. Very clean. Nice bottles of tea tree gels and soaps. Strong shower.
Street a little noisy as it's narrow and it can echo, saying that for most of the night it was very quiet.
Bed was firm, but very comfortable. Air Con the best I've experiened in a hotel. Gently brought the tempreature down, without the noise some A/C units have.
Nice to have a fridge where we could add our own things along with the mini drinks.
Safety deposit box is an extra â¬4 a day. They are located in a stairwell, which was a little bit of a worry.
Breakfast consists of a couple of cereals, juices, tea, coffees, yoghurts, prepacked cheeses, breads and croissants. There was also a fruit compote and fruit salad. Hard boiled eggs are also there, but not when we got there at 7am on Sunday. It can get crowded, so do go early.
Very handy location for the trains and I'd probably stay there again based on price."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of July 2007
A good stay
"The hotel is a clean, functional hotel with good proximity to Gard de Nord. We used it as a one night stop-over before going to the airport for a morning flight.
Very small room with a good bathroom w/shower. Capable staff. Decent breakfast included in the modest price."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of July 2007
A rather interesting bijou boutique hotel suitable for short breaks only
"Please don't turn up on the doorstep with a large car/limousine because you will never get any parking! You could quite easily walk past this hotel without realising you've passed it! The only giveaway sign is the small green canopy.
The check in area is also small with limited seating area.The desk is adequate I suppose. The dining room looked neat and modern but on the small side.The lift can only take 3, but realistically 2 with baggage! The corrodors are narrow but adequately lit.
The room is, well, small! We had a double up on the roof so we could open the patio door, and use the small balcony, which affords a restricted view of the small street the hotel is situated on.We found this to be a godsend, as the airconditioning was malfunctioning, or was very poor.Noise from the street was moderate but tailed off at night.Like previous occupant's observations , the tea bag x2 and milk pots x2 was hardly lavish.This discouraged us from having breakfast downstairs which cost 8 euros pp.
TV was small but only 2 English language channels CNN and Eurosport. Housekeeping is generally good, but we found an old pair of frilly knickers in the lowest shelf in the cupboard!
Now, some good points: (1)Location- Equidistant from Gare du Nord and Gare de L'Est, the hotel is very conveniently located, with restaurants and small supermarkets nearby. (2)The toilet/shower area is modern, clean, and tranquil in minimalistic shades of white and black, but there is no bath though, so you can't soak your aching legs and body after pounding the streets of Paris all day. The shower,however, is very good, and the modern shower enclosures mean no wet floor! (3)Pleasant receptionist who will speak to you in English even if you are trying to speak in French!
Overall, an average small hotel for very short stays only, especially if you don't intend to spend a long time in your room!"
- Travel date: Fri 20th of April 2007
Long weekent in Paris
"Stayed at this hotel for a long weekend with a friend. Was very impressed as exceptionally clean and staff spoke good english. Rooms a little on the small side but as most of the time is spent sightseeing that did not matter. Did not have breakfast but it was 8.5 euros and looked quite nice. Hotel is within 5 minutes walk of the Gare du nord and ideal just to hop on the metro for all your sightseeing needs."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of April 2007
Great little hotel!
"The Relais de Paris Lafayette hotel is located about 5 minutes walk from Gare du Nord (the station where the Eurostar from London terminates). For our long weekend in Paris this was ideal, especially as we could leave our bags at the hotel on our last day and collect them shortly before boarding Eurostar home.
The hotel is on the quiet street "rue des Petits Hotels", which meant our room, which faced the front on the 5th floor was reasonably quiet at all times.
There is a reasonably good selection of cheaper restaurants and bars close by. The metro is less than 5 minutes walk from either Gare du Nord or Gare du l'Est, so the hotel is readily accessible.
The whole hotel has been recently refurbished to a very high standard. Our room was small, but was immaculate and tastefully finished. We had a small TV, mini bar, telephone and small balcony overlooking the street. The ensuite was again small, with shower, toilet, sink and built-in hairdryer, and was again new and immaculately clean.
Breakfast was reasonable - self service style, with croissants, yoghurt, wrapped cheese, machine orange juice (why machine juice, and not fresh?) and machine coffee which seemed to include uht milk instead of fresh.
The staff were friendly and spoke reasonable English. Do remember to hand your room swipe key to reception when leaving for the day, as we discovered not doing so incurred the wrath of one member of staff!
I would definitely stay here again."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of March 2007
happy with stay
"Hotel well located near the Eurostar train station. Staff speak good English and helpful. We stayed in rooms 104,106 and 107. Rooms 104 faces the street while 106 and 107 face a inner grey building (draw your curtains cos it looks dirty.) Street facing room has more view. We are pretty happy though as all three rooms are very clean."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of January 2007
Nice and quite
"My husband and I stayed for a week in the Relais de Paris Lafayette on New Year holidays. The hotel is well situated in the quite street and in 5 minutes from three metro stations â Gare du Nord, Poissoniere and Gare de lâEst. The hotel is in modern style but there is nothing specific in design to feel you staying in Paris. The room was nice, everyday cleaning up. TV, minibar, condition and tea making facilities. Small but new lift and spiral stairs. Breakfast was ok, continental buffet: juice, cereals, bread, butter, six kinds of cheese, boiled eggs, buns, jams, yoghurt, milk, tea, coffee. Breakfast room is not large but enough to place all the guests. The little problem was that thre is no safe in the room and the safes near reception are not enough â they were all busy."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of January 2007