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I booked a day room at the Hilton Paris Airport for 107€. We had 13 hours in Paris and had quite a bit of work to catch up on, so I figured having a hotel room would make sense. The day room rate was valid for room use between 9AM and 6PM, though I find they’re usually pretty flexible about the exact times.
Upon deplaning we quickly cleared immigration, where to my delight there were no queues. It all just seemed too easy for Charles de Gaulle, so go figure when we got to customs they had shut down due to some security threat. We were held there for about 15 minutes before being allowed to exit the terminal.
US Airways uses terminal one at Charles de Gaulle while the Hilton is located near terminal three. So we took the inter-terminal train, which was only about a five minute ride.
From there it was just a five minute walk to the hotel.
The Hilton’s lobby was large and shiny-looking. There was also a lobby lounge in the glass-enclosed atrium. The reception desk was located near the entrance to the left. While there was only one person ahead of us in line, it took about 15 minutes till we were helped.
I’m not sure what took so long, but the check-in process took another 10 or so minutes. I was upgraded to a Twin Executive Plus room on the 6th floor on account of my Hilton HHonors Diamond status.
I took the elevator up to the sixth floor and turned left down the hallway where my room was located.
I was assigned room 612, which was located at the very end of the hallway.
The room was massive by European standards, easily 500+ square feet. Near the entryway were a couple of closets to the right.
The room featured two twin beds, a seating area with two chairs and a coffee table, and a desk near the TV. The room was neither modern nor worn — certainly perfectly appointed for an airport hotel.
The room faced the other wing of the hotel in one direction, and the airport in the other.
Back near the entrance, and across from the closets was a large bathroom with a sink, walk-in shower, tub, and toilet.
The amenities were Peter Thomas Roth branded, as is the norm at Hilton hotels.
Once I dropped off my bags I took a quick tour of the hotel, including the pool and gym located on the first floor.
I was rather exhausted at this point, so as I walked towards the pool didn’t notice the shallow “pond” you had to walk through to get there. Stupidly I walked right through it with my dress shoes on. Bad move.
While I didn’t have anything to eat while on the ground in Paris, there is an executive lounge at the hotel, located adjacent to the lobby. I checked out both the breakfast and evening happy hour spreads.
The lounge itself isn’t huge, though is nicely appointed and designed in such a way that it feels pretty private.
The breakfast spread — available from 7AM till 10AM — was a bit underwhelming. It just consisted of bread, pastries, cereal, cheese, meat, and some runny-looking scrambled eggs.
The evening spread wasn’t much more impressive, and consisted of nuts, olives, a few finger sandwiches, and two hot options that didn’t look especially appetizing.
I managed to nap from about 9AM till 1PM, and then worked for most of the rest of the afternoon. The highlight of that had to be the scheduled fire drill that happened at 9AM, whereby the siren went off throughout the hotel for six minutes straight. Corresponding announcements were made in English and quite entertaining. “Please accept our apologize…. please evacuate quickly but without hurrying.”
As an HHonors Diamond member the internet was complimentary, and it was quite fast. I was hoping to make it into Paris but the weather wasn’t especially nice, so ultimately decided against that.
Anyway on the whole my quick stay was extremely pleasant, and I wouldn’t hesitate to return. It’s tough to argue with a 500+ square foot room in Europe, and the service in the hotel was generally quite good as well. Last time I overnighted near the airport I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Charles de Gaulle, and I wouldn’t hesitate to return to either property.