REVIEW: Ibis Styles Hotel, Chateau Landon Paris
Paris is known to be one of the most expensive cities for tourists – with soaring hotel prices and ridiculously-quick-selling-out rooms – but fear not my friends, as even those on a budget can find somewhere comfortable to stay and enjoy this wonderful city.
After a great deal of searching throughout the internet on a variety of different comparison sites, I stumbled across Ibis Styles Chateau Landon. Wanting a central location with good transport links, this hotel seemed perfect and for just over £100 per night per room including breakfast it seemed like it was going to be hard to beat.
- Location: Within 10 minutes walking distance from Gare du Nord (where the Eurostar and a number of Thalys trains arrive) and only 5 minutes by foot to Gare du l’Est, the Hotel offers a fantastic location and on top of that, you merely have to walk out of the main entrance and you will find a metro-stop (Chateau Landon). There are also a number of great looking eateries in the vicinity meaning that a) you won’t have to go far to find somewhere to eat and b) you won’t have to worry about having far to travel after maybe one too many alcoholic boissons! Finally the trendy area around Canal St. Martin is only moments away on foot, with its’ shabby-chic bars, peaceful parks and cyclist tracks – the perfect place to hide away from the busy city.
- Interior: The Hotel was clean and modern, with decent rooms and comfortable beds. Not exactly luxurious, but for the price we paid I wasn’t expect a four poster bed and free champagne. The rooms included a small table and little seat, as well as an area to hang clothes, a mirror and a telephone. The bedding was comfy and an extra pillow was also provided. Also our bathroom was much larger than we expected (perhaps due to the funny shape of our room) and a (basic) hairdryer was also installed.
- Free WiFi: Quick and simple to connect to – an essential for me!
- Luggage store room: Great for arrival and departure days, the hotel offers this service for free.
- Included breakfast: Breakfast was included in the price of our stay and though there wasn’t a huge choice, there was enough to fill you up – mini croissants, pain au chocolats, yoghurts, fruit and cereals for those with a sweeter tooth – or for those very European among you, there was also a plate of ham and cheese along with bread, baguette and boiled eggs. Tea and coffee facilities were fine and there was a choice of fruit juices and water.
- Free maps and information: Reception offers a free city map (including a map of the metro) as well as a number of brochures and leaflets on city tours etc.
- Friendly staff: The hotel staff were friendly, helpful and spoke good English – this was vital as I wouldn’t get very far with my very basic French.
- Check out: I can’t comment on the check out during the week but on weekends check out is at a very reasonable 12:00.
There were very few negative points that I can make on this Ibis Styles Hotel, being in such close proximity to the station and metro-stop wasn’t a huge problem but on a number of occasions you could feel the rumble of the metro below or hear the announcement jingle from the station. Having said that, I don’t think any major city will ever be completely silent so it was a small price to pay and did not stop me from sleeping well.
For those on a ‘tight’ budget, who just want a base for seeing what the city has to offer I would definitely recommend this Hotel.
(all pictures from the Ibis Styles website)