You've read some of the recent reviews and they are pretty accurate. There is construction outside the hotel and it looks like it will be there for a few months. It's not the hotel's fault. The construction stops around 6pm and starts around 8am. It is loud, but hey, you're in Paris, you should be out during those times. Some people complained about the thin walls, but we had no problems with it. The hotel is on a main street, but the noise did not bother us.
We booked through Orbitz and the check in process was quick. The staff was very friendly and spoke some English. Yes, the elevator is very small - 2 feet by 4 feet - but it's part of the fun. We did need two trip to get our bags up, but the elevator was fast and we never waited long for it. We got a free key to the safe (they said it's normally 3 euros). The room is small for Americans, but fine for Europeans. The bathroom is clean, but there was no shower curtain - just a bathtub with a hand held showerhead. A bit odd, but not a bother. There was always nice hot water. There is a cable TV (with lots of French channels) and a mini fridge. The mini fridge is full of their waters and sodas they want to sell, but we did manage to fit a few of our waters in there. There is a small closet and and the room has nice windows. There are outlets in the room if you need to plug in chargers and such. The room was basic looking, but clean.
The only bad part of the room are the beds. The two twin beds were pushed together for our "double bed." One twin bed was firm, and one was soft. The gap between the beds was not pleasant either. The maid does clean and make the beds nicely, but that mattress was terrible.
One surprise is that the hotel has a continental breakfast in the basement area. It's not advertised, but it was a nice cold breakfast. They say it's 10 euros, but then they say it's 5 euros. If you want to basic breakfast - coffee, hot cocoa, cereal, orange juice, baguettes, croissants, cheese, and eggs - eat here. You will not find a better deal anywhere. It's not gourmet coffee, but it's tasty. The staff does a good job of keeping it clean and fresh.
The staff was friendly, they gave us a wake up call (there are no alarm clocks in the rooms), they got us an iron, offered us an umbrella during the rain, and overall had a good attitude.
As far as location, it's really nice for this price range. There is a pizza place next to the hotel along with a very mini convenience store. Just down the street is a "Monop" store which is a nicer convenience store with food, water, and alcohol. There are cafe's and restaurants within a few minutes walk (it's like that all over Paris). The main Gare du Nord station is a 15 minute walk and the M7 metro line (Possionere and Cadet stations) are just a 5 minute walk. We felt safe there and we walked in the area around 1am. We used the unlimited Metro Pass to travel, but I'm sure the streets near the hotel are really nice.
I wouldn't stay here for a romantic trip or honeymoon, but for sight seeing travelers, it's perfectly fine. We would stay here again.
We booked on orbiz and paid $120/night.
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