Paris can be an expensive destination for point-earning hotels. Most of the hotel chains (like Starwood or Hyatt) have opted for a strong presence in the high-end market, forgetting about the mid-range market in central Paris.
IHG, on the contrary, has a good footprint in the mid-range hotel market in central Paris. Recently, I stayed at the Holiday Inn Gare de l’Est, and for the price I paid I was more than satisfied with my stay.
You can access Holiday Inn Gare de l’Est website here.
The Holiday Inn Gare de l’Est offers 207 rooms and 21 suites right in front of Gare de l’Est train station. It is easily accessible from the airport as it is less than 10 minutes walk from Gare du Nord, with direct train connection to the airport.
The hotel is ‘light’ by chain standards as it does only offers a bar and a restaurant as additional services. According to the hotel website, it has been recently renovated.
Lobby and Front Desk
I really liked the big yellow sofas in the lobby. They also had an automated check out station next to the front desk.
Right next to the front desk. Never saw it busy.
As a Platinum member, the hotel upgraded me to a room with a balcony and stunning views over Gare de l’Est.
The room was small, but this is central Paris and it is a mid-range hotel, so that was expectable. I did like the decor, and again, for the price I was paying, it was more than OK. 32″ flat screen TV, (empty) mini-fridge, safety box and a work desk were part of the bedroom amenities.
The lavatory was small but functional.
I paid 79€/night for this property. For central Paris I think this a good deal considering that I got IHG Platinum benefits (points, late check out, welcome amenity points, upgraded room, free water) out of it. The room was small but so are most of the hotel rooms in the city.
And the location was perfect. Easily accessible from the airport, subway station right in front of the hotel and many bus lines servicing the area.
I did not make it for breakfast (which costed 15€) but it didn’t seem anything out of the regular hotel breakfast buffet.