Sofitel Hotel Paris (Porte De Sevres) Review and Video
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This is one of the hotels that is neither good nor bad. It is overall just a place to stay and meets the needs of the business traveller who has a night or two to stay and needs an room with a good bed, good place to work, somewhere to work out and not much more.
I saw that there seemed to be a lot of tourists and tours staying at the hotel as I suspect that they discount a lot for these parties to fill the rooms (this is a very large hotel with over 600 rooms). However, it is not a good place to stay as a tourist - unless you value getting a good rate over location and convenience. The hotel is not at all well located for access to the tourist spots although it is fairly near a Metro station that in twenty minutes takes you into town but then you will still need to work your way around to get to the tourist spots. It is also a good hour by cab to the hotel from the airport which will cost you anything up to 80 euros or a few changes on the metro as is on the opposite side of Paris to the CDG airport
As a business traveller it is fine if you are doing business locally in one of the major businesses starting to locate to this part of town or attending an event at the conference centre.
The rooms have been renovated and although small are comfortable and seem to be well soundproofed. The bed is massive and comfortable, there is a good desk to work at and a good sized bathroom. This looks still a bit dated and does not seem to have had as much attention as the rooms. There is a flat screen TV.
There is a very good gym and pool on the 22nd floor. One side it has a good view across to the Eiffel Tower (although to get there is hard unless you use a taxi).
The room service at the hotel was limited but amazingly fast taking about 15 minutes from order to delivery. The breakfast options are not great as either you pay a lot and go to the 23rd floor scenic restaurant or have a small (3 pastries and coffee) in the bar. There was no middle ground which seemed a missed opportunity.
There is a massive leisure centre/ water park next door but other than that there are no shops or much else around.
I stayed here as the offices I was meeting at were close by, but I think I will next time probably stay in Paris more and just get the Metro out as it is very isolated and there are no options to even pop out and eat other than in the hotel.
I stayed in room 2165 and have posted a video of the room.