251And since we’re on the subject of hotels: When I went to [Paris last weekend](/2006/07/16/photos-from-paris/), I stayed in the Novotel Chatelet Les Halles, right in the Centre Pompidou. The location is pretty cool; it’s right in the center of the city and basically all subway lines lead there, or close to it, and a direct RER connects Les Halles to both Parisian airports. This, of course, was also the reason why I chose this hotel for my stay.
Finding the hotel proved a little difficult. I got to Les Halles without problems, I even found one of the exits they had listed on the Accor website. But then I had to walk through about five levels of shopping mall. Insane. In the following evening I took a wrong exit and a wrong turn, and walked in a big circle for about 45 minutes, which wasn’t too fun as I was seriously dehydrated. At least I got a nice [night view of the Hotel de Ville](/v/paris2006/2007-07-15_+Paris+with+Gabrielle+096.jpg.html).
The hotel itself turned out to be quite nice. Very modern, with LCD screens used in the reception hall and in the elevators (the later displaying some information on the breakfast). The room was neat (like really most Novotels’ rooms). I did note that the TV was an LCD TV as well. Maybe this is mainstream for normal people like me (well, except that I do not own a TV due to the [TV licenses](http://gez.pandemonium.de) involved and the low quality of the German TV programs, but I disgress). But in most hotels I visit the TVs are aging CRT’s.
The view from my window was also pretty nice. See photo! There was an Internet connection in the room (CAT5 / ethernet wire ready to plug in), but since I was just in town to meet a friend and would not be online that night, I didn’t bring a notebook and didn’t try the quality of the service.
The prices are quite high, as can be expected by the area. The room was 288 Euros (list price). The coke in the mini bar was 4 Euros a can. But who pays list price, and whoever drinks Mini bar drinks?
I’d definitely sleep there again. And if you’re looking for a business hotel in downtown Paris, the Novotel Les Halles seems like a good place to stay.