As it was the holiday season, the house of my dear friend Margie (who's also my ex-airline colleague) in Maisons Alfort and with whom we always stay when in Paris, was full due to the visiting schoolmates of her daughters who were also staying there to celebrate the New Year. So we decided to stay at this nearby B&B since it was just a very short walk from her house. Hotel Moderne offers spartan rooms of various types: medium sized just shower €40/day or those small ones without shower/toilet and only a sink €35/day (common bathrooms & toilets are provided at the hallway) or the bigger, newly renovated rooms with ensuite bathtub and toilet at the affordable cost of €55/day. We occupied 3 rooms; 2 big ones and one small for my sister & her little boy. The place is nothing fancy but it has double shielded coded doors for security, just a simple reception with friendly staff, 3 vending machines at the lobby providing warm & cold drinks and some packed sandwiches or salads (I think!). Anyway, we didn't avail of our breakfast as we wanted to spend as much time with my friend and her family and shared every meal with them. Basically, the hotel was used only for us to sleep! Nevertheless, it was acceptable and I find the room that was given to us completely satisfactory. At the end of the day, coming back to a neatly made up room (with clean sheets and daily fresh towels) is all what you really need... Moderne has even has sweet French windows overlooking the nicely manicured garden and courtyard of the nextdoor condominium. Metered parking is ample everywhere and is very cheap unlike in central Paris area where one spends hours before parking is spotted and is very expensive! A couple of steps from the hotel is an open marché (wet market) where one can buy fresh produce and delectable seafoods plus little stalls selling variety of dry goods.There's also a nearby supermarket, a local boucherie (butcher) and a great boulangerie (bakeshop) that offers one of the best panna chocolat & quiche lorraine in this side of France! If you're on a string budget then this is an ideal place to stay... Actually who needs a fancy hotel when all you do is run around like mad the wholeday in Paris from sunrise til late at night!
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