Stayed in the Bel Oranger Republique for 5 nights, in June 08. We paid €85 per night for a double room.
The room was small, as was the hotel. The room consisted of the basics: A double bed (not 2 singles pushed together, although relatively small for a double), a desk + chair, and a tv and phone. The phone did not seem to work for inter-room calls, and the only TV station in english was CNN.
The bathroom was quite big, compared to the bathrooms of other rooms in the hotel (we had friends staying in 2 other rooms). Out of the 3 rooms we booked, our's was the only one with a window. Our bathroom had a bath/shower with shower curtain, a wash stand with basin, and obviously a toilet. There was however no holder for the shower, so you had to hold it while you washed, and ended up soaking the bathroom floor. Water pressure was good, and there was always plenty of hot water.
The other bathrooms however were not so nice. The decor was different and more dull. One only had a shower cublicle, with a defective shower, and the other had a half bath, and shower. The bathrooms were also smaller, and the extractor fans didn't seem to work properly.
The staff were friendly in all our dealings with them. The night guy however, when answering the door (it was locked after 11), gave you a look as if to say "why are you disturbing my rest!". However, they were not very accomodating when we asked for one of the rooms to be changed, due to the broken shower.
There was painting going on during our stay, and the corridor floors were covered in plastic, and they had a habit of leaving the access hatches for pipes etc. in the walls open.
Breakfast is €7, and consists of the usual French breakfast: Crossaints, Baguettes, cereals etc. We only had it one morning, but it was pretty good. There are however cheaper options at the bakeries at main metro stations, which we opted for.
The hotel is located in a quiet back street, off Rue Magenta. The nearest metro, Jaques Bonsergent, on line 5, is about 5-10 mins walk. Line 5 however does not really pass through many tourist areas, and it is necessary to change at Bastille for most sights. Other metro lines are however available from Republique (15 mins walk) or Chateau d'Eau (20 mins walk) stops. The walk to Chateau d'Eau however is down some back streets, that may not be safe after dark.
There are plenty of options for food and drink. Most of the cafe's and restaurants are about 15 mins walk on Place De La Republique, with fast food options like McDonalds etc. available. There is a Cafe, and a really good Tapas bar within a few hundred feet of the hotel.
There is also a supermarket (supermarche) located within 10 mins walk of the hotel. I would advise buying 2l bottles of water at the supermarket, and filling the small ones, as bottles of water in the city centre are quite expensive.
We were on a strict budget for this stay in Paris. I would never spend €85 per night for a 2 star establishment, bar the fact that this was Paris, and in High Season. If you are just looking for somewhere simple to lay your head, and don't care about creature comforts, this hotel will probably fit the bill. And during our search for a hotel, we did come across a few that were worse, for more money. If I was returning to Paris, on a budget, I would probably stay here again, but if I had the money, it would be somewhere else.
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