Paris/La Defense -- Pullman 5*

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Paris/La Defense -- Pullman 5*

renard98
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renard98
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Joined: April 20th, 2003, 1:06 pm

January 8th, 2005, 8:58 am #1

I stayed here on a priceline bid. The hotel is nice and certainly a 4* by Europe standards. I was given a King Nonsmoking. The room was nicely appointed, but not especially big...but typical by European Standards. The bathroom was nice...marble, high end toiletries (heavily perfumed...so bring your own if you're allergic). There was nightly turndown service. TV with satellite tv...several channels in English. The hotel is nice. The room is not as nice as the Renaissance La Defense, but was nicer than Le Meridien Etoile....at least the rooms given to me at those places. It is nicer than the typical Novotel....which it should be given that Sofitel is 'higher' on the Accor ladder of hotels. There is an ice machine...but no bucket in the room...nor any type of thing next to the machine to put the ice in.

Here is the kicker....it is a long hard trek from the Metro ligne 1. Now it is a five minute walk easily done with no luggage. (By the way there is a new starbucks at La Defense....don't tell my former French profs that I was in a starbucks in France"> ) With luggage...you'll be crying. You have to get out of the Metro...no problem with luggage..use escalators. Turn right and go about 3 minutes....lug your luggage up about 30 steps....walk accross the bridge...lug your luggage down 30 steps. Oh wait... we're not done yet. You'll see the hotel to the right. The entrance to the hotel is down 50 steps! Now most of it can be accomplished with the escalator there....so typically no problem. UNLESS it is broken as it was when I was there. Of course it is a much tougher trip UP the staircase when you check out. I had a standard inflight rollerboard with me...packet tightly and heavy...but I made it. Hopefully you'll be there when that one escalotor is working.

Moral to the story: Pack lightly or if you are toting more than one suitcase...think about a cab from the metro station if you have a lot of luggage.
Last edited by renard98 on February 19th, 2012, 9:44 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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richccity
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Joined: January 13th, 2005, 9:46 am

May 11th, 2005, 8:52 pm #2

Stayed here in Sept 2004 with one escalator out. Just got back.Our stay was 5/4-9/2005 and all three escalators were out and the hill is about 200 ft high plus several stairs over the highway to get to the metro. The walk is about 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile.With luggage it is quite a trip. One evening they had not cleaned our room by 530 pm when we called this to their attention they showewd an indifferent attitude and told us they had till 7pm to clean the room. Toilet was not cleaned and same sheets on bed. We will not stay here again. From here we when to the Le Meriden Est. a much better hotel.
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chickenkittencowbunny
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Joined: October 22nd, 2003, 4:24 am

May 25th, 2006, 3:00 pm #3

ok, so i counted the steps. from the plaza at the arch, it's 40 steps up, and then 115 steps down to the hotel. the escalators still aren't working as of may 2006. i had a backpack only, so no big deal. but if you have more than light luggage, you'll be in for a hellish trip. if you still plan to take luggage, you might catch a taxi from the RER/Metro station at La Defense. Once you've checked in, it's a vigorous walk to the trains, but no problem unless you have a medical problem.

i liked the hotel alot. high quality "My Bed", really nice bathroom, turn down service nightly. If this hotel were right by the metro, we'd probably not be able to get it on priceline. my winning bid of $93 wouldn't get you anything this nice in paris proper. and once you get to the RER station, the first stop is Etoile/L'Arc de Triomphe, so you're into the tourist areas in about 7 minutes. I'd stay here again.
--chickenkittencowbunny
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Joined: January 16th, 2000, 4:19 pm

February 19th, 2012, 9:45 pm #4

This hotel is now rated 5*.
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