This was the second time I had stayed at the hotel, this time for a week in March 2012 in a twin room with my Dad. We were on the sixth floor and had a great view over northern Paris from the traditional (ie: un-double glazed) window. Far below was the Lamarck-Caulaincourt Metro and by about 11 at night the pickled Parisians could be heard loudly making their way home, but seeing as we'd get in about this time ourselves from a full day in the city this didn't bother us in the least.
The room was clean and tidy if a little rough around the edges and bedding and towels were always changed daily. People who complain on here about slamming doors are correct but this surely can't be the hotel's fault: if people were more considerate, there wouldn't be a problem.The lift is very small and for people with lots of luggage the trip upstairs may take more than one trip. The hotel is in a lovely old apartment building and so the walls ARE paper-thin and if you are unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on your proclivities) to have a couple in the next room who are feeling amorous you will get to know about it. We had this happen twice at the end of our trip and my only thought, rather than thinking dark thoughts about the thickness of the walls, was that it was nice to know people are having fun in a wonderful city.
Staff were almost unfailingly nice, especially the welsh-born John who was a cheerful presence on reception and who made sure we got a good room. The one exception was another chap who was often to be found on reception when we left for the Metro in the morning - it's not that he wasn't polite but he seemed to emanate a world-weariness that was at odds with the ebullient John. We didn't sample the breakfast that was thrown in but that was only because we enjoyed partaking in a coffee and croissant at the superior Le Refuge across from Lamarck-Caulaincourt Metro, an old bistro where you can people watch to your heart's content.
The hotel cannot be faulted for the area that it is situated in: on the butte of Montmartre. Around ten minutes up the road is Sacre Couer Basilica and Place du Tertre and the Moulin Rouge is fifteen minutes down Rue Caulaincourt. Lamarck-Caulaincourt Metro station is on Line 12 and a few stations down this line is Concorde station for the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees. Summing up, of course this isn't a perfect hotel and no-one should pretend it is but it is an authentic slice of Parisian life: try throwing open the windows and letting the sounds of Paris fill the room and if you still feel grumpy about the hotel then maybe next time you should stay in a sterile, boring old five-star chain hotel.
Tip: If you're arriving in Paris on the Eurostar and are catching the Metro from Gare du Nord to the hotel, jump on Line 4 and change three stations along at Marcadet-Poissonniers for a Line 12 train to Lamarck-Caulaincourt. Coming out of the station, the hotel is left at the top of the steps past the restaurant.
Tip: checking in time is from 2pm onwards, but staff will always be amenable to keeping your luggage...
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