Adagio Access Paris Porte de Charenton
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Nice place kind and professionnal members. Close To tram and bois de Vincennes and foire du trône. Very quiet and not so car from Paris Center. Cheap with kitchen complete and big bathroom. Very clean site.
We booked this hotel for 10 days, and are currently on our 8th day. The reviews are a little mixed, so I was slightly worried. However, I am happy we came here, and we would definitely return. I should note we are in our 50s and have pretty high standards, while being pragmatic. We don't expect red carpets, but we do require professionalism, safety, courtesy, and cleanliness. With that in mind, here is a quick review of what the Adagio Access Paris Porte de Charenton is like, and how to make the most of your stay. First, our room is just fine – clean, large, and it has the kitchenette we were promised, which is saving us a lot of money. There are two single beds instead of one double, but we pushed them together and that is working fine. The beds are super comfortable and we have slept soundly every night. The pillows are minimal – that is the one thing I would change if I could, as I love having lots of pillows. The TV is smallish but works fine. However, we don’t watch it because, of course, all channels are French and we have better things to do while on vacation in Paris. The towels are kind of minimal too, but enough to get by. There is very basic soap/shampoo, but better to bring your own toiletries. No face cloths. My wife was delighted to discover there was a hair dryer. However, if coming from North America, be sure to bring conversion plugs. Don’t cheap out like we did and bring two – bring at least three for all charging. Also, there is a safe inside the room.The rooms are not cleaned, but we have developed simple routines to get by. For example, we keep a plastic bag for any organic garbage, and just dump it every morning when we go out, so our garbage does not get smelly. There are two garbage cans right outside the front door of the hotel, and an entire garbage and recycling center on level -1 of the hotel. So we are collecting our recycling, and today we took it down there. The recycling center is not advertised anywhere, but just take the elevator down to level -1, and there it is. There are some traffic noises, but less than we have at home. There is a nice thick curtain to block out the light when we want to sleep in. There is no air conditioning, but YOU CAN OPEN THE WINDOW! We are not used to this in North American hotels, and it is wonderful to have fresh air coming in. Our room looks out onto a tranquil courtyard, and when the wind gets up, I love watching the trees dancing. In terms of location, it is just fine too. Of course, it is on the outskirts of Paris. However, there are two Metro stations nearby, Porte de Charenton and Liberte. The former is closer. However, we mainly use the latter, as there is a shopping center right next to it, plus two bakeries and several restaurants. So it is very convenient for picking up groceries on the way home from exploring Paris.It is worth noting that there are advantages to being on the outskirts of Paris. This is not a tourist area. It is just a suburban, family kind of area, so we don’t have to worry about the scary tales of pickpockets and scammers.Also, there is a Velib bike share station right outside the hotel, so you can grab a bike to get places. Paris is dense but not huge – we have often been surprised to find that the place we are planning to go to is actually just 6 km away. We bought a Velib pass online before we came to Paris. It was cheap, and enables us to use the bikes whenever we want to. They are more fun than the Metro. The Metro system is easy to figure out, and will take you almost anywhere, but we find it very hot. And try to avoid it between 5.30 and 7.30 in the evening, when it is very crowded. We have heard a lot of horror stories about thieves on the Metro. So far, the only thing that happened is that my wife dropped her credit cards – and two young people leapt to pick them up and hand them back to her. Still, there is a possibility of scams, so be careful. We keep our valuables in our pockets, and things like sun tan lotion and water in our bags. One thing is for sure – young women with clip boards will harass you at major tourists stops. Four of them besieged my wife today near the Eiffel Tower. I yelled at them to go away, and they immediately did. I am not totally sure how that scam works, but I have heard it has to do with distracting you so that accomplices can steal your money. We have also heard of such things happening on the Metro, but we did not experience that. To find the supermarket, just go out the front door onto Rue du Paris, turn right, and walk about 400 meters. You will pass the first entrance to the Liberte Metro (this entrance is for ticket and pass holders only. To buy tickets to use the Metro, you have to continue about half a block further). After this first Liberte Metro entrance, you will see on your right the Novotel Center. Inside this are a whole lot of shops, including the Simply supermarket. It is open Monday to Saturday 7 to 9. This will provide all of your basic needs (except decent bread, but for that there are bakeries). It has four aisles of wine, with a great selection of cheap, good wines. It also expensive wines, which we have not tried. And we just discovered the chocolate and pistachio chocolate cones in the freezer – delicious, and the pack contains 6 at a price of less than 3 euros. The cheese selection is also great, and they have some frozen dinners you can microwave. They take international credit cards, but are horrified if you produce a 100-euro note. However they figure it out. We have found French people to be polite, friendly, and kind, contrary to all the myths. However, we make a big effort to speak as much French as possible, even though I can tell sometimes my accent is so bad they have no idea what I am saying. It is obvious they appreciate the effort. Our tour guide told us today that the secret to good interactions with the French is this: look them in eyes, smile, and say “Bon Jour.” Then, they will most likely speak English to you. I discovered that all French people know I am not French just from me saying the one word, “Bonjour.” Clearly, my accent needs work! But the point is that once you have been friendly and made the effort to speak French, they will usually be kind and speak English. Our tour guide told us that if you do not make this effort, they are likely to punish you by speaking only French. According to him, almost all Parisians speak English.Front staff at the hotel are friendly, especially if you are. I have read some reviews complaining they don’t bother to look up and say hello. We sing out Bonjour or Bonsoir every time we go by, and they reply in friendly fashion. They were efficient and professional when we checked in, and the lady had perfect English. There is a bakery inside the Novotel center. Also, if you continue past the center, there is another bakery with friendly staff. There is a third bakery very close to the hotel, but the opening hours are odd, so we have never actually gone into it. Some reviews have complained about a smell of smoking. We are super sensitive about this, but have not smelled any smoking, and our room had absolutely no trace of smoking smells when we arrived. Of course, bear in mind that if you come to Paris, you absolutely WILL be exposed to second hand smoke. There is no escaping it. It seems like almost every Parisian smokes. We cannot enjoy the famous street-side cafes because we cannot stand being bathed in smoke. Mercifully, smoking is banned indoors, so you can avoid smoke by eating indoors. If someone would open a street-side café that did not allow smoking, I think they would make a fortune from tourists like us who do NOT want other people’s smoke mixing with our meals. Note that the free wifi is variable - sometimes excellent, sometimes so slow that I use my phone as a hot spot.
If I had wanted to stay in a hostel, this might be okay. But if you want to stay in a hotel, don't stay here. Absolutely filthy. The walls are coated in grime. The carpet is so dirty I couldn't bring myself to remove my shoes. The bathtub is so yellowed it looks to be coated with urine. Even our children were disgusted. This turned what should have been a magical trip in Paris to a nightmare. Completely disgusting and unacceptable. The room also had exposed wiring, a heater that did not work (portable space heaters were set up), ripped dirty bedding and non working wifi even though the room had an ad for it. STAY AWAY! This place is awful. If I could give zero stars and save my review I would have.
My room was on the ground floor just in front of the ring road but we can here any noise and that is a good thing.This is hotel/ flat and I was a bit annoyed because I couldn't bring the breakfast in my room :/Exept this fact I enjoyed my stay here and the city of Charenton Le Pont is quite agreable. If you want to go out there is La Foire du Trone in front of the hotel, it is a good place to go with your family.
Having experienced various Accor properties in metropolitan Paris I am not expecting much but this was a new low. The room was terribly smelly (asian food unsuccessfully hidden under thick clouds of room deodorant), the floor (both carpets AND tiles) was sticky, there were holes in de plastered walls and doors, and even a (potentially very dangerous) burn hole in the microwave oven door. Wall sockets were loose and the seat covers were pretty filthy too. The bathroom heater was broken and the shower curtain had long seen its best days. All in all a very disappointing experience despite the very friendly and helpful staff (!) and the OK breakfast (although coffee is of the Nescafe kind, no bean in sight). Judging on this experience it seems the Adagio apartments are not doing the Accor brand a favour. I will certainly avoid them.
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Adagio Access Paris Porte de CharentonParis,France
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201 rue de Paris, 94220 Charenton-le-Pont France
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