Hmmm where to begin...
It shows the Ibis is rated 2 stars on the door. That unfortunately is a 200% over rating.
If you think paying 70 euros for a noisy room without air conditioning is a good deal...
I should mention that this was the second of four Ibises we stayed at. The others were acceptable to exceptional. I'll review them separately.
We travelled to Paris with a group of veterans. As many were on fixed incomes, cost was an issue. The Ibis Montmartre is located in a less than desirable part of Paris. Police vehicles regularly patrol the area. It is a dirty, gritty area. There are obvious signs of many people living on the street. One of our group had his wallet stolen and the thieves used the wallet contents to rifle his room. Coincidentally,the video surveillance equipment was not working when the theft occurred.
As the rooms use a combination number for access and the gentleman hadn't memorized the number , it was in his wallet.
Anyway, for the Ibis, No keys. No card. Exiting the crowded (with noisy students on vacation) slow elevator, you punch your code in and enter.
The room we had makes spartan look like luxury.
No phone. No AC. A TV with a few channels. Only 2 English ones. Volume limited to about 30%. Barely enough to drown out the drunken, rowdy students partying on the roof until the wee hours.
While the Ibis Montmartre does indeed have a washroom en suite (vs a communal one) it does not have a toilet seat! Gentlemen, either aim well or the little lady will be annoyed.
The toilet door squeaked so loudly it woke one of us up when the other went to use the washroom.
The bed was HARD! I'm not normally one to gripe about a rack, after all it's only there for a few hours sleep, but this one was exceptionally hard.
So to recap: no AC on a hot July night. Can't open the window because of noisy, inconsiderate kids. Oh well at least the breakfast is included, right ?
Yes and no. If you lose or forget your ticket, a surly attendant will, with as little grace as possible, point to a sign saying no ticky no brekky. No suggestion on how to fix the problem. Move on.
So, the next morning, ticket in hand, we go to the restaurant. We pass the same surly gate guardian and get some continental breakfast. So far so good. Then a gentleman in our group made the mistake of going into a reserved area. One small sign with one line of english was all that marked the area. No rope, nothing. He was immediately set upon by another surly, loud attendant. This one very impolitely told the older (non french speaking gentleman) to leave. When he didn't respond she made a gesture (finger to head) and said he was crazy. She also used inappropriate language. His lack of response (I guess the woman thought the louder she shouted the more comprehending the gentleman would be ) caused her to call security. All this for entering the wrong area. You'd think he'd tried to rob the place.
Anyway those are the lowlights of our visit.
Bottom Line: avoid it like the plague.
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