I landed in Paris just before 7:00 P.M. and wanted to be back at 6:00 A.M. to capture pictures of the Air France lounge before it got crowded.
I arrived in Paris well-rested, having just stepped off an 11-hour overnight flight. With no desire to go into Central Paris, I opted to stay local. There wasn’t time anyway: it was morning on the East Coast and I had a full day’s work ahead of me.
That left me with a couple choices. I could have camped out at the Instant Paris lounge and not even had to change terminals. In fact, had I know this lounge existed before arriving I would have done exactly that. Instead, though, I just wanted to a place to work.
Since airline lounges are not 24/7 in CDG, I looked into airport hotels. Last time I was in Paris I stayed the Hyatt Regency before my early flight home. That’s an acceptable hotel, but I didn’t want to deal with the taxi or shuttle bus to the hotel, which takes 15-20 minutes. The Sheraton hotel, located in Terminal 2, was my top choice but sold out. Instead, I opted to stay at the Ibis Paris CDG Airport located just outside the rail station in Terminal 3. Careful: there are three Ibis hotels within a close proximity.
The hotel was about $80/night when booked online, which represented an acceptable price for a quiet place to work for the next 12 hours. It appears the hotel is brand new or undergoing renovation.
Check-in took mere moments and I was soon in my room. It’s clean…I’ll give them that. Those cruise ship bathrooms, though. I just don’t like them. However, internet was over 100mbps up and down, so I had no trouble connecting to my VPN and putting in a productive day.
Around 5:30a I left the hotel to return to Terminal 2. I never slept nor did I eat anything at one of the hotels’ restaurant. I had a protein bar and bottle of water. The hotel also has no workout facilities.
I love a productive layover and the IBIS CDG airport was perfectly suited to help me achieve that. If you’re looking for a reasonable day room or a place to lay your head overnight, this is the place. But remember, the Yotel in Terminal 2 is even more convenient, especially if you are flying Air France.
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