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27 rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009 Paris, France
  • We were looking for a relatively cheap hotel fairly near the Gare du Nord, since we'd be arriving on Eurostar but wanted easy access not just to the touristy centre of Paris but also to the outskirts (we were running in the Paris half-marathon that weekend)
  • Inside, however, the hotel is fairly welcoming, with racks of leaflets, plants and a sofa in the reception area

    • by RachelR
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      We stayed at the Hotel Marena for 3 nights at the beginning of March (2010). We were looking for a relatively cheap hotel fairly near the Gare du Nord, since we’d be arriving on Eurostar but wanted easy access not just to the touristy centre of Paris but also to the outskirts (we were running in the Paris half-marathon that weekend).

      The location of this 3-star hotel was fairly good, with shops and a variety of restaurants on the 10-minute walk between the station and the hotel, whilst the hotel itself was up a much quieter side-street. We made good use of the patisserie across the road, the small bar next


      door and the neighbourhood pharmacy. Montmartre was a 10-minute walk from the hotel and the train and metro links from the Gare du Nord were excellent.

      When we stayed, there was scaffolding up around the front of the hotel and major building work going on round the back, so the hotel wasn’t displayed to its best advantage! Inside, however, the hotel is fairly welcoming, with racks of leaflets, plants and a sofa in the reception area.

      On arrival, we were offered two rooms, one of which overlooked the building site and would have been very noisy. We chose the other, whose windows opened out on to a pleasant internal courtyard.


      • The room itself was clean and functional. The decor was somewhat old-fashioned and the bathroom had its fair share of chipped tiles and a cracked sink (plus a very short bath!), so if you’re looking for pristine, modern accommodation, this probably isn’t for you. The large flatscreen TV on one wall seemed a bit at odds with the rest of the room!

        As a non-smoker, I was very aware of the smell of cigarette smoke in the hotel. It seemed to come through the ventilation system in the bathroom and, one night, the smell was particularly strong and actually woke me up at about 4am.

        Our deal included a

        basic self-service continental breakfast. The breakfast room was light and airy when there weren’t many people in there but would probably have felt quite cramped at busy times.

        The staff were generally friendly and helpful. On our last night, a party of teenagers arrived and when we returned to the hotel that evening we were told to call down to reception if they disturbed us in any way. That did prove necessary and the response from the night-staff was very prompt.

        In summary, if you’re looking for modest accommodation in a good location, as a base for sight-seeing, this is a pretty good bet, but don’t except any frills.




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