A few days ago, I took a train from Dijon to Paris to spend 2 days with the hotelf1 team. The idea? Test their new concept. Today, bye bye to Formule 1 and hello to hotelf1, modernity and comfort. All the hotels have been rebuilt to have quality, low coast and trendy rooms. If you are tired to spend your entire budget of your “Weekend in Paris” into hotels booking, then read this article. You won’t be disappointed.
With my work, I often have the opportunity to test luxury hotels, with prices sometimes too high if you travel a lot and if you have a small budget. That’s why I decided to show you other hotels and especially to share with you good plans and tips. This time, I will take you to Paris for 2 days with hotelF1. Forget the image of the former Formule 1 hotels, with the shared bathroom and old school decor (a little bit too much). Today, the hotelf1 are undergoing renovation. 22 new hotels have already been builded on the new #ontheroad concept. It’s a whole new experience that awaits you with a room that is comfortable, stylish and functional.
TOP 3 HUGE NEWS IN HOTEL F1
The common areas are warm and colorful. Your bathroom can now be integrated into your room. The rooms have been renovated in a modern American motel style. For my part, I tested a family Cabrio room (planned for 4 people) with a double bed and two single beds at the hotelf1 Paris Porte de Chatillon, located a few minutes from the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles, in the 14th arrondissement. The price / quality ratio of this hotel is on top.
There are several types of rooms adapted to the needs of everyone in the hotelf1 of Paris Porte de Chatillon:
- the Cabrio room: a premium room with an integrated bathroom and a double bed
- the Cabrio family room: a premium room with private bathroom, a double bed and two single beds
- the Tandem room: with a double bed, a TV, table and 2 chairs. The bathroom is shared and everything has been renovated.
- the Side Car room: with two single beds, a sink, a TV, a table and 2 chairs. The bathroom is shared.
- the Break Room: With 3 single beds, it’s like a pretty hostel.
WHAT I LOVED IN THE HOTELF1 PARIS PORTE DE CHÂTILLON
- The full and unlimited breakfast at 4.50 € (croissants, bread, butter, jam, spread, pure orange juice, coffee, chocolate, mixed fruits),
- The price of a room: from € 37, the best price in Paris,
- The proximity to the tram,
- Free WIFI,
- The decoration of rooms and common areas (old travel posters on the walls for a totally retro spirit).
In short, the hotelf1 has several assets that won’t leave you indifferent. Now, let yourself be tempted by the experience for short stays, in Paris but also in Marseille, Lyon, Lille or Bordeaux. You have the choice.
MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2 DAYS IN PARIS
Before leaving for new adventures, I take you to Paris for 2 days and here are my recommendations. To change the basic tourist route (Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Champs Elysees, Louvre) and follow the crowd, here are other places that I recommend.
- Crémieux Street – 12th arrondissement
- The columns of Buren, for a graphic atmosphere
- The passage of the Grand Cerf, to change the famous Galerie Vivienne
- The Musée des Arts Forains, my favorite place during my 2 days in Paris
- The Buttes Chaumont, for a moment of relaxation nature in the heart of Paris
- Quai Jemmapes, for a stroll along the water
- The Wall “Mur des Je t’aime” in Abbesses, for a very romantic picture
- Place du Tertre and Montmartre, ok this one comes in the box of the basic tourist route but I love it too much to not talk about it.
- A Street-Art course in the 13th arrondissement, no need to go to LA to see huge graffitis
Here are some things you shouldn’t miss during your special Street Art tour:
- 49 Clisson Street (Alapinta)
- 3 Esquirol Street (Btoy)
- 3 Jenner Street (David de la Mano)
- 132, boulevard Vincent Auriol (C215)
- “National” subway station (C215)
FOOD AND LAUGHTER IN PARIS
We went to lunch with the hotelf1 team at Paname Art Café. We were welcomed by the comedian Mathieu Madénian who was just there to have lunch too. In addition to be a restaurant for lunch, the Paname Art Café is also an evening bar and offers stand-up shows with comedians and evenings with DJs. The waiters are super cool, the food is very good and really affordable for Paris (15 €, main course and dessert / 18 €, starter, main course and dessert).
Tomorrow, I’ll take you to a different place but this time in the heart of the Middle East.