I’m not a huge “trip report” kinda girl in general unless there’s a compelling reason to stay (or NOT to stay) at a hotel, but in Paris I often see the same names mentioned again and again and folks sleep on the Blu Bologne. With that in mind I wanted to share my experiences at the Radisson Blu Paris Boulogne this past summer.
Location: The hotel is literally on the edge of the city limits at the south end of the 16th. It’s a five minute walk to the Port de St. Cloud Metro station, which is near the end of the 9 line. It was a ten minute ride to Trocadero (Eiffel Tower) and about 30 (with a train change) to Sacre Coeur. In other words, it’s fine for most tourists, as long as you’re comfortable on the metro (and ready to climb LOTS of stairs as there’s not an escalator in sight!). If you’re taking cabs, it would add up quickly. From CDG I took the RoissyBus to Opera, and it was a 18 Euro cab ride to the hotel. I would NOT recommend this location for people who are mobility limited for that reason. This includes STROLLERS. If you have small kids, this is NOT a good location for you! Kids 5+ should be fine as long as they have lots of energy.
Room: I sent a note to the hotel before hand letting them know that I cared not about the size of my room but the view. As you can see from the photo, they came through, big time! My “superior” room was small, but totally do-able for a single or a snuggly couple. Only a few rooms have the view as it’s from the side of the hotel, so my guess is that I would have gotten a business class room if I hadn’t specifically told them I wanted the view.
Breakfast: In a word: AWESOME! It was included with Gold Status and would have easily cost 20 euro elsewhere. The buffet included both fresh pastries and quiche and more traditional items like smoked salmon and a hot bar with eggs and bacon. The coffee itself was worth the visit.
Summary: It’s a DO for paid stays in Paris. The rate is easily 1/2 of the other Radisson Blus in Paris, and as long as you’re ok with the stairs on the Metro. If you have small kids, think twice about all of the Metro use…nothing worse than an overtired kid who can’t use a stroller! It’s a DON’T for points stays, as it’s a category 6 and the other hotels in Paris at the same level are more centrally located.
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