The Pullman Hotel Rive Gauche in Issy in Paris is an awful hotel. And you must avoid staying here if you possibly can.
I have the unpleasant task of staying here about 50 times in the last few years and every one is nasty. The hotel is a large, impersonal and ugly building in the suburbs in an area full of large corporate offices.
Despite being a Platinum card holder and also being there so often, they still ask me almost every time I go if I have stayed before and ask me to fill out my address. It is the most crazy and useless system and hotel.
The rooms are small, tired and brown and always too hot and too bright from the spotlights beaming onto the building. The food is terrible and the service even worse. On this last stay all of us had problems with the TV and I have now asked 3 times for someone to fix it, and still no joy.
I am probably the mad one, as I stay here. It is close to the office and so I keep going back thinking I am exagerating..but realised when people at work can tell me if I am staying there based on my mood in the morning that I should not go there. I will not…
This hotel was relaunched in December 2007 as The Pullman after being a Sofitel. The strange thing is that although they speak about a whole new concept and it is now a business traveller focused hotel….. it is exactly the same as it was before. I suppose they could have been transitioning over the many months I was staying there but there is almost no change…
Unfortunately, this is also now a hotel that I stay at virtually every week these days as I am now working part between London where I live and Paris, where I am now managing a team as part of my new role. The closest hotel to our office is this one. Although I am not sure that I will be able to stay there every week as this hotel is not the greatest place to stay, although it tries. Part of the problem is the location which is you are staying there a lot makes you feel very isolated – and there are so few options of places to eat (and I just can’t cope with the same old food!)
This is one of the hotels that is neither good nor bad. It is overall just a place to stay and meets the needs of the business traveller who has a night or two to stay and needs an room with a good bed, good place to work, somewhere to work out and not much more.
As a business traveller it is fine if you are doing business locally in one of the major businesses starting to locate to this part of town or attending an event at the conference centre.
The rooms have been renovated and although small are comfortable and seem to be well soundproofed. The bed is massive and comfortable, there is a good desk to work at and a good sized bathroom. This looks still a bit dated and does not seem to have had as much attention as the rooms. There is a flat screen TV.
Room 2163 (probably best have stayed in other than the suite I was put in once)
Room 1219 – a very nice suite