on November 5, 2000
Airport hotels can be hard to love, since they are often chosen more for the sake of location and convenience. This often leads to things being allowed to become a little threadbare as properties make a living off a steady supply of one-time visitors.
The Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a refreshing contrast to the typical airport fare. Inside its functional, soundproof shell is a meticulously maintained luxury property that is all that a Hilton should be. Guest rooms are nicely appointed and immaculate. The fitness center is well-equipped, including a small pool that is kept spotless and at a comfortable water temperature. Guest rooms are very large by European standards and we particularly give the nod to the executive rooms, with crown moldings and well-done bathrooms with separate showers. The Club room offers a nice selection of snacks at cocktail hour, along with continental breakfast and afternoon tea.
Common areas of the hotel are impressive, beginning with the glass atrium. The Aviators restaurant offers a wide-ranging menu, along with delicious buffet offerings. (Let's face it, France is all about good food. While we're not handing out any Michelin stars at the airport Hilton, we know you'll find it as good or better than many typical hotel restaurants.) The staff was friendly and attentive, too.
A nice feature of the hotel is that it is an easy walk across the parking lot to the RER station, which will take you to downtown Paris in about a half an hour for 7.75 euros. We were pleasantly surprised to pick up the Hilton CDG off the Hilton website for 94 euros, including breakfast during our weekend stay, which is an absolute steal for this quality of property. We give it a big thumbs up in every respect. The Hilton CDG is a top-shelf property and a great choice for people who may have a morning flight or a late arrival.
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