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Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport

I can thoroughly recommend the Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG airport. It occupies a great location - on site at CDG airport. The rooms are clean and modern, and I got a great price for my stay.

The hotel is basic as hell, but that’s to be expected at a Holiday Inn Express! If you need an airport hotel in CDG, Paris, I would definitely look here 1st.

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What I liked

  • Great location at the CDG Airport car park
  • Get to the hotel for free with the CDG airport shuttle
  • Modern rooms with a clean layout
  • Free breakfast for all guests
  • I got a great price

What could be improved

  • Breakfast was very limited
  • There was no restaurant
  • Hotel is basic as hell

The Hotel

The Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG airport opened in 2018. It’s on the site of CDG airport, and can be reached for free with the CDGVal train. I was able to snag 1 night for €72!

The Holiday Inn Express is IHG’s most budget brand. As such, the hotel has very limited facilities. It has bedrooms, a bar and free breakfast for all guests. I stay at IHG hotels a lot, such as my visit to the Intercontinental Danang and the Holiday Inn Maldives

The Location

I took the free CDGVal train from Terminal 2 to Car Park P. From there, take the covered walkway to the Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG airport. The CDGVal is an excellent train – fast, free and modern! It reminds me of the AirTrain at JFK airport, New York. The journey took 25 minutes all in – not too bad!

The Bedroom

The bedroom was small, basic, clean and modern. It’s exactly what I expect at a Holiday Inn Express! The room had the following features

  • King size bed
  • Decent size TV
  • No desk
  • Kettle with tea and coffee

You can see photos of the room in the slideshow above.

The Breakfast

The Holiday Inn Express brand offers free breakfast to all guests. The breakfast was limited, with yoghurt, toast, tea/coffee, juice, fruit, cereal and pastries. It wasn’t really a breakfast. Just something to ensure your stomach isn’t empty when you arrive at the airport!

It reminded me of the breakfast at backpacking Hostels! I used to backpack a lot in my younger years! 

The Bar

There’s a bar that’s open until 1am. There’s no restaurant, but there are overpriced snacks on offer!

I don’t understand why they don’t offer cooked food – they’re missing out on business. How difficult can it be to put some pizzas in an oven? This would be popular with guests that have just had a long flight. The hotel management could use my input!


The Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport occupies an excellent location. It’s a great value option if you need an airport hotel. I have no complaints!

If you stay in the centre of Paris, the Intercontinental Paris is an option. I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights. The hotel has a fantastic location, next to the Opera House. It’s also beautifully designed. Full of old world Parisian charm.

I reviewed Air France Business Class. I flew for 11 hours in their long haul seat. I had an excellent trip. The seat was large and spacious. The food was excellent. The crew were lovely.

The Air France Lounge in CDG, Paris is one of the best in the world. The lounge is massive, with excellent runway views. The champagne is on tap and the food is tasty. A thumbs up from me!

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