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Reviewed 26 June 2008

Booked the Helvetia for one night purely because of the location: we had an early train from Gare de Lyon next morning.

The hotel was what we expected - no nasty surprises, just a good 2 star property. Our room was clean and comfortable and the reception staff were pleasant. We did not have breakfast in the hotel - went next door to the little bar for coffee and croissants.

This was our first time staying in the 12th arondissement and we were pleasantly surprised. Plenty of restaurants nearby and a 15 minute stroll will bring you to Bastille. The promenade plantee is also close by.

If ever we need to use Gare de Lyon again we will certainly stay here.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2008

I spent one night in this hotel. I choose to stay here due to the proximity of the hotel to Gare de Lyon as I had an early morning train to catch. It is just a few steps away from Gare de Lyon and so is very convenient if you have a train to catch. In addition I believe a bus from Charles de Gaulle airport stops at Gare de Lyon. The area around the hotel seemed safe enough although I was only there for one night.

I paid 62 Euros for a single ensuite room. This price didn't include breakfast and thus I felt this was quite expensive for a basic 2 star hotel.

My room was clean but quite small. The bathroom was also quite small and didn't have a door to close it of from the bedroom. The shower head didn't have a bracket or anything to hold it up with and so I had to hold the shower head while showering.

The room didn't suffer from any noise either from outside or inside the hotel which was a plus point.

As mentioned earlier breakfast cost 7 euros. I would not recommend having breakfast in the hotel as it certainly wasn't worth 7 euros. It consisted of coffee, juice, yogurt, a roll, a croissant, and a slice of cheese.

The staff in the hotel were quite friendly.

If you are looking just to get your head down for a night before getting an early train from Gare de Lyon then this hotel is fine but it probably isn't the best for a prolonged stay in Paris.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2007

I recently stayed at the Helvetia Hotel in Paris. It is a basic hotel - staff not all that friendly if you are not French but helpful enough. The big thing was location,location, location. The Gare de Lyon metro station is about 10 steps away so that was a big bonus for me.
The hotel room was clean and with the double glazed windows there is no noise from outside. Beds are really comfortable and the shower was really good. No fridge but that is fine. Second night a group of young people arrived and the noise was unbearable. It was like they were in my room!!!! People were banging on the walls and yelling out - this went on till about 3am. Was going to stay there on my return to Paris but cancelled as the noise in the surrounding rooms was too much for an old girl!!!! There was a nice little brassiere downstairs to have a coffee. If you kept walking away from the station there was a great little bakery and on some days there would be lines of people down the street waiting to buy the goodies of the day.

Stayed: September 2007
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  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled on business
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  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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