Airport Hotel Review: Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Airport Hotel Review: Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Except for the Sheraton which is located directly inside Paris Charles de Gaulle airport’s terminal 2, the Ibis Styles is about as close to the airport as it gets.

Since I arrived at CDG airport late at night and I had an early afternoon flight to catch the next day during my recent trip to Canada, I decided to try the hotel out even though it was a bit more expensive than some of the other options.

I booked it through Hotels.com for about a hundred dollars for one night including breakfast.

Getting to the Hotel

Getting from the airport to the hotel was very easy which was the main reason I picked the Ibis Styles. Just like the Ibis, Pullman, Novotel and Hilton, the Ibis Styles is located near Roissypole station.

Roissypole station can be reached from both terminal 1 and terminal 2 using CDGVAL, a free automated train. The train operates roughly every five minutes between 4AM and 1AM.

Starting at terminal 2A where my flight arrived, it was about an eight-minute walk to the CDGVAL station and a further five-minute ride on the train to Roissypole.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2A
Paris Charles de Gaulle airport terminal 2A.
Heading to CDGVAL
Passing by the Sheraton on my way to the CDGVAL station.

From there, it was just a short two minute walk to the hotel.

CDGVAL
CDGVAL.
Roissypole
Roissypole station.
Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Entrance
Entrance to the hotel.
Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Rates
Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport rates.

Check-in, Lobby, and Breakfast

Since there were two other people ahead of me when I arrived at the hotel, it took a couple of minutes until it was my turn to check-in. Once I got to the counter, though, it was a breeze and soon the friendly staff handed me my keycards.

One thing worth noting is that I had to pay about two dollars in local taxes that were not included in the rate I prepaid online.

And, just like in the rest of the hotel, the reception area and lobby featured some Star Wars posters.

Reception
Reception.

Besides the reception desk, the ground floor also had a fairly large seating and lounging area to the left of the reception desk, and a bar, restaurant and the breakfast area to the right of it.

Seating Area
Seating area in the lobby.
Bar and Restaurant
Bar and restaurant.
Interactive Display
Interactive display on the wall.

As for the breakfast, it was included in the room rate and could be had in the breakfast room on the ground floor between 4AM and 10AM.

The buffet included a wide variety of cold items ranging from bread and pastries through ham and cheese all the way to yogurts. And, there was apple and freshly squeezed orange juice, as well as tea and coffee.

Juice
Apple and orange juices.
Orange Juice
Freshly squeezed orange juice.
Coffee
Coffee.
Tea
Tea.
Bread
Bread.
Panettone
Panettone.
Breakfast at Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Toasts.
Pastries
Pastries.
Cold cuts
Cold cuts.
Cheese
Cheese.
Eggs
Eggs.
Cereals
Cereals.
Yogurts
Yogurts.
Fruit Salad
Fruit salad.

Guest Room

Once I got the keys to my room, I took the elevator to the fourth floor where my “standard room with a double bed” was located. Similar to the lobby, the hallway on the fourth floor was Star Wars-themed as well. There was wall art as well as posters.

Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Star Wars-Themed Hal
Star Wars-themed hallway.
Fourth Floor
Fourth floor.
Floor Plan
Floor plan.

As I entered the room, there was a mirror and a yellow ottoman on the left side, and the entrance to the bathroom on the right side.

The bathroom was fairly simple and included a sink, a shower and a toilet. There was an all-in-one soap provided, but other than that there were no amenities.

Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Room
Overview of the room from as seen from the door.
Sink
Sink.
Shower
Shower.

Further down, there was an open closet, a basic work desk with a rather uncomfortable metal mesh chair, and the bed. Unlike the chair, the bed was quite comfortable. And, there was a big picture of the moon on the wall behind it which was a nice touch.

One last thing I will mention is that on one of the nightstands, a couple of sweets and a bottle of Evian water was prepared.

Room Overview
Closet.
Bed
Bed.
Snacks and Water
Snacks and water.
Work Desk
Work desk.

Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Summary

If you are looking for a simple place to stay and are not in a hurry or arriving too late or departing too early, then there are some cheaper options further from the airport accessible by free shuttle buses. One of those is the Première Classe Roissy which I will review later on.

However, if you are looking for something cheaper than the Sheraton yet very easily accessible from the airport, I can only recommend the Ibis Styles Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The rooms are large enough and have a comfortable bed, and the while the breakfast doesn’t feature hot items, it’s more than sufficient. And, while it won’t exactly affect the quality of your stay, the Star Wars-theme is a nice touch.


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