Novotel Paris Les Halles Hotel

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Novotel Paris Les Halles Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 285

8 Place Marguerite de Navarre - Paris - 75001 - France Hotel Website | | 01.42.21.31.31
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1/10
Never again
Submitted by: MARIA HERNANDEZ in 09/09/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Overpriced. Poor bed quality. They offered and I paid for a three beds room. I got one bad bed and two worse sleeper. To get into the bathtub you we literally needed to jump--the bathtub is high.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Novotel Paris Les Halles Hotel

Central, adequate hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location of this hotel could not be better. You can walk to most of the tourist attractions within 20-30 minutes. Large metro station is directly opposite. If you come in on the metro, it can be a bit tricky to navigate out of Chatelet station to the hotel, so bring a map and some walking shoes.

The nearby Marais neighborhood is great for nightlife. Les Halles is a bit sketchy very late, but we didn't really have any problems coming home late after bar hopping with friends.

The bar inside was a bit pricey, but the bartenders were very friendly. The room was larger than expected, but a bit worse for the wear. Clean, but dated. Compare to an older Holiday Inn in the US.

All in all would stay here again for the priceline rate ($100 with taxes). Be sure to try to bid if you are staying only 2 to a room.

Great Location - OK Hotel

from eurotrip
Great Location. 10-15 min walk to louvre and dorsay and notre dame.
Area is very "URBAN" .
Great place if you pay 60euro.

Not even close to a 4*

from A TripAdvisor Member
I'm very disappointed in this (no way a 4*) hotel and I hope that Priceline lowers this to a 2.5* sometime soon.

First off, the location is great and the lobby would lead you to believe that this is indeed a 4* hotel.

However, the hallways appear as if they belong on an old ship. Once we checked in to our non-smoking room, I was overwhelmed by the musty smell of old smoke. The furnishings were all well past their prime, and the carpet was worn (almost through the floor). They don't have an alarm clock or a refrigerator, and the shower head can only be mounted for a shorter person and is very uncomfortable to use.

In addition, we were awoken at 7:30am by what must have been the service people. The constant banging didn't stop and we left the room at 10:30am.

In summary, this is definitely NOT a 4* hotel. If you don't plan on spending much time in your room, you will only be mildly disappointed. However, most would be much happier elsewhere.

Rooms look and feel like a 2-star motel in the US

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our room was small, very plain and has seen better times.
Rooms look and feel like a 2-star motel in the US.
The location is pretty good, however, we would not go back.

great location-more details

from texas spot
This is a perfect hotel if you know Paris well. We had two triple rooms (extremely hard to find in Paris) and paid 1/2 price for them. The triples were huge with two very comfortable large sofa beds and a large full size bed as well. Look for a deal though. This hotel is not worth 250 euros per night. Go for one of the remodeled rooms. The rooms on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors are best. Check that the room has not been recently painted. If so, ask for another. The entire hotel is undergoing renovation. The air system is typical of this type of hotel. During a chilly march visit, we turned off the heat entirely and opened the windows while we were in the room. Ignore the elevator not working signs in the lobby each morning. These signs are placed to allow the elevators to come down to the lobby to disgorge the large tour groups that stay here as they depart in the morning. I realized this phenomenon after walking up 5 flights of stairs for a couple of mornings and watching the elevators bring people down with luggage.

I would concur with most of the previous reviews. I have stayed in Paris quite a lot, know the city very well, and would definitely stay here again. There are some undesirable people around the large open Les Halles area, but this is not uncommon in any large city. The best strategy is to avoid the large open spaces late at night and exit the specific metro exit right in front of the hotel. This can be difficult to access from the underground extremely confusing mess of RER and metro lines. (I found this somewhat difficult and as I said, I know the area very well.) The exit right in front of the hotel is Rue Lingerie (steps only, no escalator). This can only be accessed underground on the metro number 4 line going in the Port D Orleans direction. The exit is directly off the platform. There is no other specific exit and Rue Lingerie is not marked on any of the general signs. There are numerous exits that will place you throughout the Chatelet Les Halles area. This is especially true if you are coming from the airport on the RER. Look underground for an exit map and you will save a lot of time walking around crowded streets above ground.

There is a grocery store directly to the south of the hotel on rue Bourdonnais off the rue des Halles. Several homeless people hang out here, but they were not a problem.

Overall the staff were extremely friendly and conscientious. I was impressed with the level of professionalism at this hotel, particularly as compared to much more expensive hotels that I have visited in Paris. While some of us were off on a side trip to Barcelona, the staff confirmed several dinner reservations that we had previously made, made a new reservation, and even thoughtfully printed out a detailed map.

Great for the price (Priceline) + Location

from msanta
First, we experienced the same as others -- the three speed fan with no thermostatically controlled changes. Window was only option. Luckily, we were on the inner courtyard side, so noise was not an issue.

Our room was recently repainted (you could smell the paint) and the bathroom and carpets were new, as well. Bed was comforable (queen size). Room was large enough for us for two nights.

We used Priceline and got the room for $126 per night. The location was marvellous for subway access and for nice walk to Seine and other areas. We've been to Paris several times and generally stay more "upscale", but we had nothing to complain about on this selection (if it had been warmer outside at night, we would have been miserable)!

Wonderful place...at the center of the city

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just returned from our 2nd trip to Paris and we stayed at the Novotel Les Halles. This was a classy, clean, and very convenient place to stay. The staff was friendly and very helpful to loan us a converter for my husband's laptop. The room was clean, and nice. It was definately a step up from our last hotel in Paris. We were right by the Metro station and close to the Forum shops of Les Halles district. There is an abundancy of places to eat around this hotel. It may be a little tricky to find it if you take the Metro from Charles de Gaulle, but if you map it out ahead of time, you will have no problems. The other good thing is that you can hop on the RER from the airport and go straight to the Les Halles stop without having to switch trains. The only downside that we noticed from this hotel was our room was consistently warm. Even though the weather outside was in the 30's and 40's, we slept with the window open.....not sure why it was so hot in there, and the air conditioner/ heater controls didn't work. It tends to be a bit noisy as well at night, but if you don't mind a little city noise in the background, it's a great place to stay with convenience to stores, the Metro, and restaraunts.

Nice Paris Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I read the other reviews before staying here and these are my thoughts.

Pros:
* Nice upscale hotel for European standards
* Incredible location. It is at the Chatelet metro stop where all the major lines connect. You can get to almost anywhere in Paris very quickly. There are plenty of restaurants, and Notre Dame is within walking distance. The location is why you would choose this hotel.
* Friendly staff. They let me borrow an RJ45 networking cable at no charge. The staff speaks english, gave me a nice map of Paris and always provided friendly advice.

Cons:
* As one reviewer mentioned it can be very warm in the rooms. We stayed in March and it was about 40F degrees at night, and we had the window open most of the time. The heater was always off, so there must be a lot of heat coming from the rest of the building. There is a big duvet comforter on the bed and we ended up pulling the comforter out and simply using the duvet which helped a lot.
* With the window open there was some street noise. This is a very lively district and on a Friday night there were people out until 3AM. We closed the window and it wasn't much of a problem, but then it got hot again.
* Can be expensive if you don't get a good rate.

Overall this is one of the better hotels I have stayed at in Paris. I would definitely go back again.

This one is a keeper!!!

from richen01
Stayed at the Novotel 5 wonderful nights. We originally booked only two nights, but when an minor accident put a crimp in our traveling plans, the hotel staff were very sympathetic and helpful. They even gave us a rate lower than what Priceline gave us!!! The staff were absolutely wonderful. The room was clean and comfy. The restaurant and lounge were inviting in decore and service was excellant along with the food & drinks. I can't wait to go back. Oh!...and the location was perfect! Within walking distance to the Lourve, Nortre Dame, and many more sites.

Nice Room, Great location

from ATL73NA
Stayed 4 nights and was very satisfied. The rooms in back (by the Forum des Halles) are very quiet. Large, clean rooms with a helpful staff. The #4 Metro is literally out the front door. Take the Chatelet Les Halles stop and the "sortie" was Rue? Lingerie.

Top Local Tips for Paris

This hotel seems to use Priceline a lot to rent its unbooked rooms. Check out Biddingfortravel.com for bidding tips. I paid $120 for my room when the best price available elsewhere online was $195.

Tour Bus The open top tour buses are great for getting around all the sites and the ticket lasts for 24hrs. 1 x Adult ticket is 24euro

Watch your pockets. Paris is a city full of rude people and pick pockets. Be carefull.

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  • Address: 8 Place Marguerite de Navarre - Paris - 75001 - France
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