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Review – Courtyard by Marriott Gare De Lyon (Paris)

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Paris, as you know, is an expensive city. As such, there is no low season in Paris. It is either crowded or very crowded. The high influx of travelers leads to expensive hotel rates all around the year. Early in the year, we had made a short trip to Paris to attend a trade event. We had stayed at Courtyard by Marriott Gare De Lyon. This post is a review of the hotel.

Booking Process

I wanted to use my Marriott Bonvoy points for this trip and was specifically looking for Category 2-4 hotels. In my opinion, Courtyard by Marriott Gare De Lyon offers one of the best value for your redemption in Paris. As you can see from the table below:

Hotel  Marriott Category Points per night August Prices (€) November Prices (€) Average (cent per point)
Courtyard Paris Arcueil 3 17,500 84 212 0.85
Courtyard Paris Saint Denis 3 17,500 88 116 0.58
Courtyard Paris La Defense West – Colombes 3 17,500 88 85 0.49
AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget Airport 3 17,500 79 162 0.69
Moxy Paris Bastille 4 25,000 97 140 0.47
Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon 4 25,000 196 211 0.81
AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot 4 25,000 132 212 0.69
Courtyard Paris Boulogne 4 25,000 116 99 0.43
Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel 4 25,000 127 179 0.61
Renaissance Paris Hippodrome de St. Cloud Hotel 4 25,000 134 179 0.63
Paris Marriott Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotel 4 25,000 116 193 0.62
Courtyard Paris Roissy CDG Airport Hotel 4 25,000 86 116 0.40
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel 5 35,000 184 242 0.61
Le Méridien Etoile 5 35,000 154 241 0.56
Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre 5 35,000 136 208 0.49
Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel 6 50,000 223 279 0.50
Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel 6 50,000 224 308 0.53
Hotel Banke Opera, Autograph Collection 6 50,000 212 309 0.52
Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel 6 50,000 269 324 0.59
Le Dokhan’s, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Paris 6 50,000 270 288 0.56
Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel 6 50,000 234 399 0.63
Le Metropolitan, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Paris 6 50,000 252 293 0.55
Hotel de NELL, Paris 7 60,000 242 323 0.47
Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel 7 60,000 289 324 0.51
W Paris – Opéra 7 60,000 465 448 0.76
La Maison Champs Elysées, Paris 7 60,000 375 210 0.49
Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel 7 60,000 408 349 0.63
Le Roch Hotel and Spa, Paris 7 60,000 420 395 0.68
Westin Paris Vendome 7 60,000 427 0.71
Hôtel de Berri, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris 8 85,000 359 432 0.47
Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris 8 85,000 466 623 0.64

I tried to make the booking through the Marriott website but I ran into a problem. The redemption was allowed only on a standard room which could accomodate a maximum of two adults. I called the hotel and asked if I could be upgraded to a Family room as I was also travelling with a child.

The good part was that it was possible. The bad part was that it cost me €40 per night and I am a Gold Elite. I could not have waited till check-in to ask for an upgrade so I paid.

The prevailing rates of the family rooms were €320 per night (including taxes) so I got a decent value of 1.1 cents per point.


This was the main reason to book this property. This hotel is located right next to the Paris Gare De Lyon metro station. The station is served by both RER and M trains.

a map of a city

We took about 4 trips a day and most of them were non-stop trains. After a couple of trips, you figure out the best exit to take for the hotel. Then walking to the hotel takes less than a minute.

Check-in and Room

This is a modern hotel. It is decorated largely in white with a bit of yellow thrown in.

The first thing you would notice when you enter the hotel is the check-in area. It is really small! I have doubts if it could accommodate more than 5 groups checking-in at the same time.

The staff at check-in counters were multilingual. I could hear French, English and Arabic. We arrived a bit earlier than the standard check-in time and it took about 30 minutes for the room to be prepared. I asked for higher floor rooms facing Eiffel Tower. However, only the first part of my request was accepted.

This was my first time staying in Paris outside of the central areas (near Eiffel Tower). I was expecting tiny rooms and small windows. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. The rooms were quite huge by Paris standards. There was a queen-size bed and a convertible sofa.

a bed with a white blanket and yellow pillows

a room with a bed and a tv

The best part though, were the fantastic views from the windows. I just could not get enough of it.

a city at night with buildings and lights

a city with many buildings

Food & Beverages

A couple of bottles of water were provided when we checked-in.

Paris was cold and rainy when we traveled. We had pretty much made up our mind to have breakfast at the hotel even though we had to pay extra. However, on our first day, we discovered that there is an ‘Eric Kayser’ right across the hotel. We have extremely fond memories of the place. We ended up having breakfast there every day. The croissant and many other bakery items are to die for!

Final Thoughts

Would I recommend this hotel? Sure, for three specific reasons. First, if you are looking to redeem Marriott points. Second, if you are looking to stay in a relatively quiet but well-connected chain hotel. Third, if you want larger rooms.

If you do not care about any of these, you can find a boutique hotel in central Paris for the same price.

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