Went there in Sept 2011, and here is how they start with the shady-ness. We reserved a 4 person room for three nights and had one night where we had to move to a 10 person room. When we arrived, we had the reverse, one night in a 4 person room and the rest in a 10 person room. When we asked why we weren't in the 4 person room as the booking site confirmed, they said that there was availability for each person to be in a 4 person room, but since we booked as a trio, there isn't actually a 4 person room that we can all stay in and instead they'll put you in a 10 person room so you all get to stay together. That is NOT what the booking site said, nor is this how other hostels manage their bookings! Also, when you pay you'll get a receipt that's VERY specific about no refunds, so if you stay there, check out what the room looks like before paying so you have a choice! The people at reception were hit and miss, some a little rude and some very nice.
They also have an 11-4 lockout of the rooms, so you're paying for a room that you're not even allowed into for half the day. Usually you'd be out exploring the city anyway, but on a rainy day it sucked and the lobby area is super busy. They have free wifi, but many times they are maxed out on the amount of users, and it is slow! The bathroom and showers are NOT in the room and are all shared, and get quite dirty and disgusting in the morning. Tip: take a shower after the lockout's done and right after it's cleaned!
All in all, the hostel kind of ruined Paris for us a bit; it definitely put a damper on our experience of the city! Also, they advertise that they are close to the Eiffel Tower.. it's not too far but it's still about a 20-25 minute walk (dont believe 10-15 minutes, even the reception said around 20-25 minutes although it's advertised as 10-15!). You're close to the metro which is really convenient to use, but you're not close to much else. I'd recommend staying somewhere along the Latin Quarter or Montmartre where you'll actually be in a hub of things!
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- Aloha Hotel Paris
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