WJ Tested: Avalon Hotel Paris Review

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WJ Tested: Avalon Hotel Paris Review

WAVEJourney’s Review of 2-Star Boutique Avalon Hotel in Paris, France

Avalon Hotel Paris - Room 21

Avalon Hotel Paris – Room 21

Summer in Paris, France, is typically warm and buzzing with tourists, and we found exactly that scene when we visited the city for a weekend in late-July. Luckily for us, we had a reservation at Avalon Hotel Paris, a clean and comfortable 2-star boutique hotel within walking distance (5 minutes) of Gare du Nord (Paris’ northern train station).

Immediately upon entering the hotel we were impressed by the cleanliness of the entrance, reception area, and breakfast room (where we waited for 30-minutes while our room was being prepared). This same level of cleanliness was also carried through to the room (21) we stayed in for 2 nights.

Avalon Hotel Paris - Room 21 Bed

Avalon Hotel Paris – Room 21 – Queen Bed

We found our room quite a reasonable size for a Paris hotel, and as we had in inside room – the window opened up to the inner courtyard – it was very quiet, away from all of the street noise that would be found if our room had overlooked the main street.

Avalon Hotel Paris - Desk

Avalon Hotel Paris – Desk

Although the room wasn’t large, the layout did provide enough space for us to work and we made full use of the desk area. The good size flat screen TV with satellite was certainly an added bonus, but best viewed from the bed.

Avalon Hotel Paris - In-Room Kettle and Tea

Avalon Hotel Paris – In-Room Kettle and Tea

We were pleasantly surprised that there was an electric kettle with tea and coffee fixings available in the room – many 4-star hotels we stayed at in France did not provide this service.

Avalon Hotel Paris - Closet and Safe

Avalon Hotel Paris – Closet and Safe.

It was convenient that an extra blanket and 2 pillows were available in the closet of our room. Although the safe was free to use, and we could fit all of our cameras, lenses and documents, it was not large enough to fit our 14″ laptop (we travel with a laptop lock and could secure it ourselves).

Avalon Hotel Paris - Kitchenette in Room 21

Avalon Hotel Paris – Kitchenette in Room 21

Although we did not use the kitchenette, there were enough pots and dishes in the cupboards underneath to make a simple meal.

Avalon Hotel Paris - Bathroom with Shower

Avalon Hotel Paris – Bathroom with Shower

The bathroom was clean with plenty of new, nice white towels. The only downside was that there was some mold on the tiling due to too much moisture and not enough ventilation.

Avalon Hotel Paris - Shower in Room 21

Avalon Hotel Paris – Shower in Room 21

Note that there isn’t a shower curtain, so the entire bathroom gets very wet. Lack of a shower curtain seems to be a very common practice in many European hotels and never makes sense to us.

Avalon Hotel Paris - Bathroom Amenities

Avalon Hotel Paris – Bathroom Amenities

We liked the quality of shampoo and soap that was available in our guest room, plus the covered plastic cups also came in handy (much more sanitary than using glasses), and there was even a hair dryer available for our use.


– Hotel was clean, tidy and we liked that there wasn’t carpet in the room (easier to keep clean)

– A number of plugs were easily accessible for charging all of our gadgets

– Good quality linens and towels

– Very comfortable bed

– Good location near Gare du Nord

– Safe and secure premises

– Free WIFI

– Plentiful continental breakfast included in room rate

– Elevator

– Great value for money

– Reception staff spoke English and most were very friendly and helpful

– Reception area has lots of brochures and free maps of Paris – staff can make excursion bookings for guests

– Luggage room with individual safes (6) where guests can leave valuables and bags before check-in or after check-out


– Surrounding neighborhood is noisy and a bit shabby – but felt completely safe in the daylight hours

– Some mold in the bathroom of room 21

– No shower curtain – which meant the entire bathroom got very wet

– Avoid Barbès-Rochechouart metro station – positively scarey! Instead, access the metro from Gare du Nord or one of the other nearby metro stations

Bottom Line:

If you are seeking a reasonably priced, safe, clean and conveniently located hotel in Paris, WJ recommends staying at Avalon Hotel. Plus, one of the websites we prefer to use for booking accommodations when we travel is HostelBookers.com, you can find a huge range of hotels and hostels around the world to fit every budget.

If You Go:

Avalon Hotel Paris
Address: 133 boulevard de Magenta, 75010 Paris

Paris Info



Note: Special thanks to HostelBookers.com for arranging our stay at Avalon Hotel Paris.

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