Plane Spotting Paris CDG

Hilton Hotel
Paris Charles De Gaulle is very ideally placed for plane spotting at Paris between the two main terminals. When reserving this hotel try and get a room on the 4th floor or higher which end in 01/03/05/07 and 29 (eg 401/403 and 429). From these rooms you will get a great view of the two taxiways that link the two terminals and a reasonable view of the charter apron. With a little bit of patience, most movements at terminal 1 can be seen. As these rooms are corner rooms a view of the freight area is possible. By walking to the lifts you get a great view of the holding points for the Northerly runways. With a decent pair of binoculars or telescope everything will be read off. Reports suggest that the hotel staff are familiar with spotters and seem to have no problems with this.

**Please note that the executive floor is now on the ground level and offers no views at all.

  

Location: *** Great location to view most of the movements at this very busy airport.
Spotting: ***

Expect to read off most things from the hotel. Ask for a room ending in the numbers described above. If none are available ask for a room on the 4th floor or above overlooking Concorde.

A further report can be found below:

Stayed at the Hilton, Paris CDG again last week, and have a few comments that might come in handy for your excellent site.

The rooms that overlook the taxyways plus Terminals 1 & 3 and “Concorde” are odd numbered 803 – 817 inclusive. Room 801 is a corner suite, so more expensive. When a/c land on the Southern runways (26L/R) nearly all of them can be seen from these rooms after they taxy off the runway. Only the smaller a/c mostly Air France CRJ’s, Emb’s and RJ-85’s seem to turn off early so you don’t see any of these.

Check in time is usually 14.00 and check out is 12.00, however a late check out at 13.00 is also available at no extra charge, so if the weather is inclement, then you don’t have to worry about where to go. If you’ve got a late flight back, after checking out just take the lift back to the 8th floor and sit in the very comfortable armchairs in the lobby area, because you can see both sets of runways from there. None of the staff (including security) bother you there. If they do ask what you are doing you just say that you’ve checked out and have a late flight, so you’ll be there for a few hours before going back to the airport. “No problem Sir” is usually their answer. Credit. Ian Hawkridge

A further report:

You need a high floor room facing east, rooms that end in ’16′ are corner rooms and have superb view of T2 and taxiway between terminals. The executive room is now on the ground floor and has no views of the airfield. End of each corridor has huge windows with either a view of T2, T3/T1, landings and take offs. each floor near the lifts have a small lobby and views can be seen from here. As I found out to my dismay, I booked an executive room, and as no airport view rooms were available, I had to have an inside room with no view. Don’t do the executive rooms, not worth it. Any room on floor 7,6,5 will have views. Shuttle bus only goes from T2 to the hotel and these are free. There is a shop in the train station (1 min walk away) and reasonably priced food and drink can be bought here and taken back to your room. As I found out, if you ask for a room facing the airport, they ignore the comments, even if you book far in advance. They are only interested in the business customer

Photos: ** Some good shots through glass can be had from the rooms above
Value: ***  Prices start at about £80 for a weekend stay and are considerably more expensive during the week.
Book:   The hotel can be booked through any of the following links  Hilton or  Booking.com
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Views from the Hilton Paris. The TAM demonstrates the view of the cross taxiway from room 801, the apron shot demonstrates the additional views of the terminal 3 apron from the executive lounge.

Credit : Andrew Whitmore

   

 

 Above : View from the Hilton Hotel out towards the cross taxyway.

Photos of Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Roissy-en-France

Great shots can be had of the cross taxiway movements from the Hilton Room.  Credit  Tripadvisor 


 

Citizen M Hotel Paris CDG

Is a new hotel at Paris CDG. The major advantage of this hotel is that it has automated check in process and one of the questions asked on check in is if you would like a runway facing room.

Early reports advise that if the hotel is not full, the staff will allow for a late check out providing that you ask one of the attendants as you check in (there are staff on hand in the event of a problem with your automated check in.

Location: *** Built on part of the old grass area which used to make up the mound. You are facing the cross taxiway, with the Hilton and Concorde on your right hand side. Part of the grass area is still accessible for outdoor viewing (2 minute walk) and you are also at the central public transport hub meaning that the other terminals are only a short ide away (the stop for the Le Bourget bus is also very nearby). The hotel is very similar to the Citizen M at Amsterdam Airport, the rooms are very small but adequate for a spotting trip.
Spotting: ***

No definite reports yet although the airport facing rooms should offer a similar outlook to the Hilton above. In theory not a lot should be missed from here

Photos: *** No reports, but the sample photo below and the location of the hotel means that photos should, in theory be possible from the room. The grass mound is also only a short walk away.
Value: ** Prices start at about £90 per night. Free wifi is included in the price.
Book:  

This hotel can be booked through the website of Booking.com

 

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 Left : Room view from the Citizen M showing the Northern Runways and cross taxiway.

 

 

 

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  The Citizen M location in relation to the famous Concorde landmark 

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Ibis Hotel CDG Terminal
CDG/Terminal is ideally positioned opposite the charter terminal 3. The hotel is directly outside of the bus terminal and train station making connections with Orly and Paris centre simple. If arriving into the low cost terminal 3 the hotel is only a 5 minute walk. 
Location: *** Great location in the centre of the action. The remains of the famous spotting mound is situated outside of the hotel. The inter terminal buses stop directly outside of the hotel which means that all terminals are only a 5 minute walk away.
Spotting: ***

You have a choice to request a room facing the south (Air France terminal) or the North side of the airport. We recommend the north rooms as you get a view of the Northern non Air France terminal, link taxiway and the North Runways. Around 50% of the Air France traffic uses the northern runway to arrive or depart so you will not miss too much.

When requesting a north room ask for rooms 916 912 908 904 where you will get a view enabling you to read off most movements from the north side. For southbound views you are looking for room numbers 1033, 920 924 928 932 and 936 where you can read off traffic going to the Air France terminals.

Photos: *** Limited photos are possible from the North side rooms with a 400 lens (see below).
Value: *** Prices start at about £50 for a weekend stay making the Ibis one of the cheapest hotels in the central airport complex.
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 Air France 747 taken from room 916 at the Ibis with a 400 lens.    

 

 


 

Pullman Paris CDG Airport Hotel
is located directly between Terminals 1 and 2. Certain rooms have views of the busy taxiways that link both terminals. Ask for a room on a high floor facing in an Easterly direction ie looking towards the Air France terminals. The hotel is in the shape of the letter “Y” so rooms facing  North may have views of Terminal 1, and rooms facing South may have views of the freight aprons, although this is not confirmed. The hotel is linked with both terminals by a complimentary shuttle bus.   
Location: *** Very close to the action, located between both terminals.
Spotting: *** East facing rooms have great views of the taxiways.
Photos: * No reports available but the hotel is probably just a bit too far away for any decent photos.
Value: ** Not particularly cheap with a weekend rate of approximately £89.
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The Pullman hotel in the background demonstrates the views available from this hotel.

Credit Andrew Whitmore

   

 

 


 

Suitehotel CDG Paris Nord 2
is located off airport about 2km south west of the airport. When on westerly runways the departures of the south runways cross the hotel between 2000-4000 feet. When on easterlies the aircraft should be much lower. When on westerlies any arrivals into Le Bourget also fly more or less directly above the hotel
 
Location: ** Off airport, however the location gives views of all movements into or out of CDG depending on the wind direction
Spotting: *** Rooms ending in x01 x03 x05 x07 x09 and x11 on all floors will give views out onto the approach/climb out of all 4 runways. It is impossible to read aircraft off on all runways, however with a SBS box nothing will be missed
Photos: * No reports available but the hotel is probably just a bit too far away for any decent photos.
Value: ** Good value with a rooms from £60
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Formule 1 Roissy Aeroport CDG PN2
 is located on the same complex as the Suitehotel above but offers the budget solution with rooms from £40 a night
Location: ** Off airport, however the location gives views of all movements into or out of CDG depending on the wind direction
Spotting: *** It is reported that some rooms face the approaches and offer a similar aspect to the Suitehotel above. It is impossible to read aircraft off on all runways, however with a SBS box nothing will be missed
Photos: *
No reports available but the hotel is probably just a bit too far away for any decent photos.
 
Value: *** Good value with a rooms from £40
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Ibis Budget CDG Paris Nord 2
is located on the same complex as the Suitehotel above but offers the budget solution with rooms from £45 a night
Location: ** Off airport, however the location gives views of all movements into or out of CDG depending on the wind direction
Spotting: *** It is reported that some rooms face the approaches and offer a similar aspect to the Suitehotel above. It is impossible to read aircraft off on all runways, however with a SBS box nothing will be missed
Photos: * No reports available but the hotel is probably just a bit too far away for any decent photos.
Value: *** Good value with a rooms from £45
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  • PSHcom

    Photos, video and further room description added for The Hilton, CDG.

  • Nick Yeadon

    Just a heads up that the Citizen M at CDG no longer has any views due to building work. the view from the Hilton is now only from floor 6 and above only due to a new building being in the way.

  • andy kelly

    just returned from 2 night stay at the Hilton, had room 857 which is an executive room, perfect view of arrivals on both runways aslong as they are arriving towards this room which they were, you will need flight tracking equipment to pick everything up and you can also pick up arrivals into le bourget if weather is ok. room is very nice, clean and spacious but its not cheap, breakfast is included if you have this type of room, train station just 3 minutes walk away and was 24 euros return if you fancy a trip to orly airport.

  • John Inman

    rooms START at 300+ euros a night