I have an EasyJet flight from CDG to Edinburgh at 4:50 PM on July 5. I want to spend the night of July 4 relatively near the airport. There's no time to visit Paris on this trip and I don't want a single-night hotel stay in the city. I know I'll probably have to go through Paris--possibly changing train stations there--to get out to the airport.
I've booked a room at the Ibis CDG Airport on rue du Bruxelles, which I believe is a quick tram ride to whichever terminal I need. The flexible rate is reasonable at $124, and it appears staying in Le Mesnil Amelot or Roissy means an airport-shuttle fee of around 5 euros each way, which (times 2 or times 4) would cut into the price advantage of the M.A. hotels.
I'd prefer to stay in an attractive nearby town with good train or bus links to the airport, rather than at the airport itself, if such exists. However, I gather from earlier threads that the town of Roissy isn't all that exciting, and I believe the CDG-Roissy hotels are not in the center of town. Other towns mentioned in earlier threads seem to require a car, which I will not have.
Unfortunately, I do not yet know what my last stop will be prior to the flight. It might be La Rochelle, Poitiers, Nantes, Le Mans or--less likely--somewhere in Brittany.
Is there a transit-accessible town I should look into--or a suburb of Paris heading in the direction of CDG? Or should I consider the airport hotel a done deal and resolve not to be so dimwitted as to book a late-afternoon flight next time?
Thanks for any suggestions you (collective) may have.