Comfort Hotel Gare De L'est Paris
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Not so comfort Dec 31, 2009
After reading mixed reviews on a website, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at this hotel. The room was on the fifth floor and had requested a twin bed, and got a double room. When I walked in, I realized that there was a about a 20 Euro difference in price and because I had prepaid, could change and get the better rate. I was only going to stay one night because I had booked another hotel even closer to the main station. The room had its own bath, which is always a plus. It was pretty clean, no bugs, and maid service. It is located about 4 blocks from the underground station in one direction and about 1 block in the other direction. Its location is very central to trains going straight to the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. The neighborhood is a little rough, but there are people out late into the night, so never felt unsafe.
As expected the staff was less than helpful. They were friendly enough, but it was evident they were paid to answer the phone, hand out and take up keys and give vague directions. A couple of them were very helpful, but the rest weren't. It's not possible that I would stay there again, as it is a chain hotel and nothing earth shattering happened while staying there, except a major fire and police incident in front of the hotel which blocked movement for a few hours. There is only one plug in the room and one plug in the bathroom, so that could be the problem.
The bathroom was less than anything I had seen. I did have my own, but it was so small you could barely turn around. They did leave you soap and shampoo. The towels were old, but clean as were the facilities. There is an internet cafe about 3 blocks away. They do let you have free internet if you have your own computer or you will have to pay 10 cents a minute to use one in the lobby. That’s quite expensive.
I was a bit relieved to see a clean, but very very small lobby. It was very secure, you had to be buzzed in, which made me feel safe, but also made me wonder why I needed such safety and then I realized I was in a very ‘electric’ neighborhood. I was surprised to find the place presentable, apparently freshly painted throughout, warm. The furniture was very old and not very comfortable as was the bed. I didn’t sleep very well. The curtains needed a helping tug to close, yes the rooms were compact, but for a city centre ** hotel it is what I would expect. It was a squeeze and there wasn’t adequate room for suitcases on the floor.
The hall ways were actually outdoor hallways. You can either use the stairs or a very very slow elevator. You will walk along dark breezeways to get to your room. This was the style, I guess back in its day.
The buffet breakfast (not included in the price) was ok: hot coffee, tea, fruit juices, cereals, croissants, bread – toasting and baguettes, fruit, conserves, honey, cheese….. and all the staff was pretty helpful.
I had a courtyard facing room and wasn’t disturbed by noise. The hotel seems to go back in 3 sections so only the rooms on the front would catch traffic noise. The locality - well it is typical of all French metropolitan areas, mixed races, shops and restaurants. There is a small Lidl almost opposite and in the street running behind the hotel there are shops of every kind selling freshly baked bread, fresh fruit, a bottle of wine, takeaway, wig shops – there are lots of wig shops, barber shops and more! 4 minutes away is the crossroad with the street leading to Place de la République with restaurants for all tastes and bars a-plenty, cinemas, theatres. The hotel is midway between two Metro stations, Chateau d’Eau and Strasbourg St-Denis. The main station, Gare D’Est is a 10 minute huff straight down the street.
This place is not so comfort inn. It is tucked away and very hard to find if you are not sure what you are looking for. I must have passed it three times before I realized that little blue sign and that awaning over the door led you back to a hotel lobby. Yes, I know, typical American.
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Comfort Hotel Gare De L'est Paris Overview
Visitors to this Paris accommodation will find that it is within close proximity to both leisure and business destinations. The hotel is minutes from the Seine, as well as the Park Buttes Chaumont. Les Halles and numerous shopping and dining venues are also nearby. The Gare de li Est train station is the closest facility to the hotel. Guests will also find that they can get around the city by foot, by bike or by using taxis or rental cars, as well.
Each of the 57 rooms at the hotel offers guests quite a few amenities. On offer are work desks, private bathrooms with hair driers, an ironing board and iron, cable TV programming, a bathtub and shower and an in-room safe, as well.
Visitors coming to the Comfort Gare De L'Est will find that it offers basic amenities, though it is very conveniently placed in the city. The hotel provides guests a breakfast room, as well as multilingual staff. The front desk is not open 24 hours, so check in is limited to normal business hours.
Comfort Hotel Gare De L'est Amenities