Review : Courtyard Marriott Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Beautiful rooms, at the end of the world!

The journey continues. The day after I returned from my weekend in London, I decided to spend the night in a hotel in the Paris CDG area before a (not so) early flight to Copenhagen and then Chicago.

Booking

I booked this hotel through the Marriott website as usual. I hesitated for a long time between this property and the usual Sheraton CDG, but between the very high price of the latter and the excitement of testing a new property, the choice was quickly made.

No information on a potential upgrade even during mobile check-in. On the day of my arrival, I receive a notification that my room is ready and that I have been upgraded… This is not reflected in the application. Strange.

Arrival

To get back to the hotel located in Mesnil-Amelot, a village behind the airport, I use the free shuttle offered by the hotel from the CDG2 station. This is the only stop on this shuttle, which does not serve the terminals, which are then accessible on foot or via the CDGVAL shuttle.

The shuttle bus takes more than 25 minutes to reach the property, because it passes through the industrial zone where workers are already leaving, creating huge traffic jams behind Roissy.

Note that the shuttle driver is extremely courteous and helps customers with the loading and unloading of their luggage.

I arrived quickly at the reception and was taken care of. Room details are confirmed as well as an upgrade to a Junior Suite, the highest category in this property. I am also told that breakfast is offered to me.

Room

The Junior Suite is located on the 4th and last floor of the property. It faces the “northern doublet” of the airport and allows superb views at sunset.

It is composed of an entrance and its cupboards, which leads to a toilet separated from the bathroom, then to the lounge and office space.

After this area is the sleeping area, equipped with a king size bed.

A minibar is available, with free drinks. The only thing missing is water!

The bathroom is spacious, shower and bathtub are available as well as all the necessary toiletries. Note that they are of average quality, as always at Courtyard.

Finally, the video tour:

Hotel facilities

The renovation has just been completed and it shows: the lobby and the common areas are decorated with the latest taste, the spaces rather bright.

The hotel has a fitness room located on the first floor of the property, behind the reception. If its size is limited, the equipment is of the latest generation and the decoration which allows to run facing the runway is very appropriate!

Catering

I tested the catering at this hotel both at dinner service and breakfast service.

Dinner service

The restaurant operates in conjunction with the bar in the hotel lobby. Despite the fact that there were 2 seminars and therefore a lot of commotion in the lobby, I was taken care of immediately at a table, and my order was taken quickly.

The glass of wine is reasonably priced, but some items on the menu are prohibitively expensive, including the steak at over €35. No doubt, we are in an airport hotel…

The chosen soup is very good, as well as the pork parmentier. The bill is still high, more than 50€, even though it’s an average quality brasserie.

Breakfast service

Le petit-déjeuner est servi dans une salle dédiée, à l’arrière de l’hôtel. And there, how to say, it is the rout.

I understand that it is a half-service hotel, but there are limits to mediocrity… The ingredients are of poor quality, the bacon and eggs inedible, the number of coffee machines insufficient.

And this, for 22€. Yes 22€. Unacceptable, shameful. I know, I didn’t pay it because of my status. But my remarks in the hotel did not seem to move anyone.

Departure

The departure formalities were quick, and the invoice was sent by e-mail immediately. I didn’t wait more than 5 minutes for the shuttle to arrive, and this time the trip to CDG2 was much faster; and the driver was always so courteous.

Bottom line

I can’t say that the Courtyard CDG is a bad hotel, no. But it is far, far away from the activity of the terminals, and suffers from youthful errors for a not so sweet price. Watch for the opening of the Moxy which will be accessible by CDGVAL in the coming weeks!

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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