on May 26, 2008
No doubt tour companies flock to the the Pullman because it's location near the edge of the city makes it less expensive comparable than central lodgings. Our room was very nice, with all the conveniences, including two decent chairs to sit in and a desk.The Pullman flaws were minor. A car alarm that went off one night at 4:00 am in the parking lot outside the front door, four floors below our room, was easily heard in our room, but aside from that, all was quiet, not even plumbing noises. Our room had floor to ceiling windows on 2½ sides with curtains that almost kept out the light. Our request to replace the comforter on our bed with a sheet and blankets worked for one of three nights. The Pullman's rooms are on both sides of long hall, forming a rectangle. If the two long walls of the rectangle are lines A-B and C-D, short side A-C faces a busy street. C-D faces an unbusy street. B-D faces the driveway into the hotel. A-B has another building between it and the parallel street. We were in a most quiet location, the B corner. Some reviews of the Pullman (Sofitel) complain about its remote location, far from the center of town. These comments must have been written before the Meteor Metro line opened (Metro line 14). The Meteor is a fast express with the Chatelet metro station, the key tourist area station, only three stops away. Madeline metro station, one block off the Champs Elyesee is four stops. We found it very fast and convenient. To get to the metro station: turn left on leaving the hotel. Cross the street. Go through the arch, turn right on the cobblestone pedestrian street, Cour St Emillion, that runs through the middle of the mall. There are two passageways through the long row of buildings on the left. Go left at the second one. The metro stop is right across the street.If you go through the first passageway on the left, you are right across the street from a nice park. Rates start at $265 (May, 2008). The Pullman has a good location, but it is not cheap. Check out the nearby Ibis, the lowest priced chain of the Accor family (Pullman is their luxury brand). There is a good selection restaurants on the nearby Cour St Emillion.Rue de Libourne is a very obscure street (I found it on my 82 page Paris street map). It is easy to locate by looking for Bercy Village, a shopping mall, or the Cour St Emillion, which is both a street and a nearby metro stop.
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