Historical Traveller Reviews of Ibis Paris Berthier Porte de Clichy Hotel
You get what you pay for
We stayed here as part of a package for a concert at the nearby Stade de France. The hotel was OK. About what you would expect from a outside city centre hotel.
Some points - not terribly good sound-proofing. I could hear several animated conversations in the hallway.
Staff were friendly enough and spoke English.
Breakfast wasn't very good. They didn't offer the amount/variety that I would expect from a French hotel.
It is tour group central, though, as there were lots of tour buses in the garage.
The neighbourhood was perfectly fine. We walked around during the day and came back to the hotel around midnight and felt perfectly safe. Just use common sense and it's fine.
My biggest gripe is the left luggage. You cannot leave it at the reception desk. They actually have coin-operated lockers downstairs that you pay a deposit that you get back when you collect your bags. Which is fine in theory, but the hotel has hundreds of rooms and only about 25 lockers. When we got downstairs at about 12.00pm they were all full. That meant an unpleasant day dragging our luggage around Paris on a very hot, humid day until our late night flight. Very big gripe!
If I was returning to Paris I would probably stay in a hotel more centrally located. However, for EUR59 a night, you get what you pay for.
A cheap place to stay.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for three nights in June 2005. This hotel is located about 25 minutes from most sights by Metro. It is a large hotel with decent sized rooms that need to be updated. The carpet in our room was old and the air conditioner from the ceiling dripped waking us up and requiring maintenance to come. The bedspread was outdated and didn’t seem recently cleaned. The breakfast was rolls with jam, ham and cheese, yogurt and juice. A large thermos of coffee was also available. I would say that if you need a cheap place to stay and don’t mind transferring on the metro to go to and from your hotel, this hotel is adequate. It is not romantic or a fun place to stay.
re on a budget!
We recently stayed for 3 nights at the Ibis Paris Berthier Porte de Clichy hotel. We had no problems here at all. Check in was quick and smooth; some staff spoke English, others didn't--everyone was pleasant. The room was small and a little bit old/shabby, but it was clean. Our room looked out over Montmarte/Sacre Coeur--nice view! TV had several channels, including radio stations and BBC World News. The hotel was a little noisy at night, but what do you expect from a large hotel in a large city? Neighborhood seemed ok during the day/early evening--we didn't venture out late in the evening. Metro stop (Brochant) was a 5 or 10 minute walk down Ave. de Clichy. We liked the breakfast --croissants, rolls, ham, cheese, cereal, juice, coffee, tea, yogurt--we could fill up at breakfast, eat a late lunch in central Paris, then stop at a friendly grocery on our way back to the hotel from the Metro to buy cheese, fruit, etc. for a light dinner in the room. Used the Internet access in the lobby once..the price was ok, but the keyboard was French and it took a long time to type my emails! The Cafe Pasta restaurant located in the hotel was good, reasonably priced, and the wait staff were very friendly. I would stay here again.
Went during winter 2005 with a group, the hotel is ok but the tour group is not. I even forgot the name of the tour company-it has a pink logo.
Anyway, Ibis hotel is not bad. The room and toilet is small but clean. There's internet access at the lobby. The area is dodgy but plenty of Halal restaurants/kebabs shop. There is even a Halal Turkish restaurant just outside the hotel street-2 minutes walk! The nearest metro is 5 minutes away-Brochant.
The breakfast is really bad, the croissants are cold and very hard. The hotel reception seems to be ignorant.
But for a budget accommodation, I would recommend this hotel.
Great hotel..a real bargain!
We stayed here the second week of February, 05' and loved it! It is in the Montmartre area, which I feel gives one a true sense of the "real" Paris, rather than hotels near some of the famous attractions, i.e. the Eiffel Tower, the Louve, etc. Our room was large, compared to most European hotels, & very clean, had cable TV with BBC channel, so we were able to keep up with the news..rather nice to wake up in the morning & get world events in English. We requested a room with a view of the Eiffel Tower & it was just too cool..especially at night when it's illuminated with millions of tiny lights! I'm not a big fan of hotel food, but the continental breakfast was substantial, with huge croissants, yogurt, an assortment of cereals, cheeses, ham, orange juice, and great coffee! I own a gourmet coffee shop & that's one thing I do appreciate!?! Hotel is close to Metro, but it is on top of a steep hill, which would not be good for anyone who isn't into walking alot. Didn't bother us, but others might find it an inconvenience. Taxi's will take you to the door, but often just dump passengers at intersection below! If you're going during the winter, be sure & take warm clothes..hat, scarf, & gloves are a must, or you'll freeze to death! The wind in Paris can be brutal, even to an ex-Northerner like myself...just bundle up & you'll have a great time!
Nice modern hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Paris Berthier in February 05. I got a awesome deal off the Internet but I was a little concerned because of some of the bad reveiws I had read on Trip Advisor. I am a small female from Oklahoma, and I felt completely safe in the area. My husband and I walked back to the hotel after dark and we never felt threatened what-so-ever. The hotel's not in a touristy area but you get to experience the "real Paris" seeing the Parisians on the street walking with their French bread and their dogs. The hotel staff were helpful - they could speak English and didn't seem to mind doing so. Breakfast was very good as well. The room was somewhat small but that is the norm for European hotels - the bathroom was quite large. This hotel is very close to the metro we took it everywhere. The only attractions we walked to were Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge - it was very cold the week we were there. All-in-all the Paris Berthier was nice, clean and the area was safe. If you want the glitz and glam of a touristy area you should probably stay in a hotel closer to one of the major attractions. This one is a bit far from most of the attractions but they are all accessable via the metro.
A great little hotel for a weekend
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at this hotel last weekend for the France v Wales rugby match as part of a ticket & hotel deal. We'd gone for the cheapest 2 star option but this is no cheap hotel. We went to Paris in October and stayed at a 3 star hotel but this room was bigger, brighter and cheaper!
Very friendly & welcoming lobby with plenty of multi-lingual staff and all amenities clearly signposted. Lifts were clean and quick and quite roomy for Paris hotels. Room had a large bathroom with a fabulous shower and a double bed that was to die for. Yes, it's 2 single beds pushed together but that really is the norm for european hotels outside of the UK.
A brisk 5 min walk to Brochant metro stop and from there it's quick and easy to anywhere! 5 mins to Place de Clichy and from there you can either walk or change metro lines to the Montmartre area. Central Paris is within 20-30 mins metro time, depending on how long you wait when you change lines. Certainly no more time than you'd spend in Central London.
Yes, the area is much less touristy and sanitised than the very centre of Paris, but this feels like the real Paris. Have your wits about you and you'll be fine. I didn't feel scared or threatened at any point in time.
Enjoy - where else can you pay 60 euros a night for a room in Paris?
a pretty poor show all round- stay somewhere else if possible
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here for about a week in january, first by myself for one night, then sharing with 2 other people and i found the hotel a very dissapointing experience for several reasons. Firstly, the rooms were tiny and, in my oppinion only superficially clean- i found what looked like specks of baked on food stuck to my doona and my sheets always smelt musty. The room i was in by myself consisted of a large "double" bed (really 2 singles stuck together) which took up most of the room, leaving me hardly any space to unpack my suitcase. the room i shared with two others was, to my surprise exactly the same size, with the desk folding out to make the third bed in the tripple. i'm a pretty small made person, but even i found it cramped sleeping on the fold-out. my friends and i didn't think this was satisfactory, especially considering what we were paying and how far the hotel was from the centre of paris. On top of this, the heat didn't work in our room, leading me to wake up shivering on more than one morning- if it had been colder, we would have complained, however, given the rudeness we'd been regularly shown by the staff at reception, we decided we could tough it out. Breakfast also was a pretty stingy affair, with the best thing being the yogurt and pain au chocolat. There was a distinct lack of fresh fruit and veg, and the orange juice tasted like weak cordial. Breakfast was also patrolled by a man who we labled the breakfast nazi, who, whenever somone tried to take food out of the room, yelled "manger ici: at them and shamed them into eating there and then. we thought this was pretty poor form. the best things i can say about this hotel: the housekeeping staff were nice and friendly and there were always clean fluffy white towels. other than that, the staff were always very rude to us, always ignoring us when we stood waiting at the counter and generally being very unhelpful whenever we asked them to do something. in addition, the hotel was far flung, about a 10-15 minute walk to place de clichy and a 5 minute walk along scary streets to the nearest metro station, brochant. i didn't actually get mugged the one time i was stupid enough to walk home late at night by myself, but i was pretty scared that i might have been. All in all, my advice is to avoid this hotel- there are better places around for the same price- even the hostel i stayed in was a better experience and much cheaper.
Horrible area beware
from A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived in Paris beggining of Jan. The hotel looked ok. Nice and clean. Staff were very rude. Room was very small and basic but as they say your not going to Paris to stop in a hotel room all holiday but it was bearable.
However the area the hotel was in was awful at night and extremly terrifying. We purchased a 3 day metro pass each so had to go on the metro at night which we were nearly mugged. Beacuse of spending money on metro we could not afford to pay for a taxi the following night and the reception staff couldnt even understand what a a taxi was when we asked for one.
Just be carefull whn booking this hotel as when leving proceed with caution hold onto your bags especially at night. Or make sure you get a taxi.
We will return!
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and i traveled to Paris this past April/May,2004...A magnificent trip...perfect in every way...Now,to the hotel...very clean,very good breakfast buffet,also ate dinner there our last night,very good food.....service was excellent..We speak VERY LITTLE french ( but always tried our best,being a visitor it's the right thing to do),all people we encountered were friendly,helpful,most spoke english.The neighborhood is very diversified: north african,middle eastern,oriental,italian,french( of course)..we felt very safe walking around later in the evening after a wonderful meal...ate in the neighboorhood 3 evenings..all foods in paris,no matter where you are fantastic!..everyone was so friendly,helpful..we would most definately stay in the hotel/neighborhood again...
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