Monday, 26 May 2014

007 Hotel: Mercure Paris Terminus Nord, Paris, France


Location: Paris, France
Address: 12 Boulevard De Denain
Bond book appearance: For Your Eyes Only - short story From a View to a Kill and Death Is Forever

Opposite the Gare du Nord, the hotel is ideally placed for getting to the Stade de France, the Le Bourget Exhibition Grounds and Villepinte. This cosy establishment is easily reached by public transport and is close to the Lariboisière Hospital. The hotel has large rooms, some with a view of Montmartre and Sacré Coeur.

129 euros / night, no breakfast included. (2013)
Standard Room with a double bed. Decorated in a style that combines modernity and tradition, the rooms feature a large double bed, a comfortable workspace, flat-screen TV, safe, air conditioning, and free WIFI. Bathroom with bathtub.

Bond stays in hotel Terminus Nord in Ian Fleming's short story "From a View to a Kill". In John Gardner's "Death Is Forever" he says that Terminus Nord's restaurant is one of his favourite restaurants in Paris.

"When Bond was in Paris he invariably stuck to the same addresses. He stayed at the Terminus Nord, because he liked station hotels and because this was the least pretentious and most anonymous of them."

Ian Fleming: "From a View to a Kill"

"Of all the railway stations in Europe, Bond liked the Gare du Nord best. The place held special memories for him. It was also within walking distance of one of his favourite restaurants in Paris - Terminus Nord.
Bistros and restaurants hovering in the shadow of any great railway terminus should normally be avoided. Inevitably their clientele consists of birds of passage, people leaving and arriving at the station. So it follows that the service is perfunctory, at best; at worst, slapdash; while the food is only passable. Happily Terminus Nord, directly opposite the Gare du Nord, is a prestigious exception. Its service is impeccable, while the food attracts gourmets who are not merely passing through the French capital or using the railway station."

John Gardner: "Death Is Forever"

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