VERY helpful staff - Bruno and his colleague (wish we knew his name to mention him!) were very kind and moved us to another room when discovering the power point didn't work to charge our camera battery. how kind is that! this place is well situated - near to a metro station with a direct line to the city centre - no change needed to get to Notre Dame etc - excellent! a short walk to Sacre Coeur, only about 15 mins walk to the Royal Opera House! a supermarket just up the road. drinks machine in the lobby does a good milkshake in a can! basically clean and adequate rooms. soap and towels provided. very good hot showers. nice toilet paper!!! clean, but basic, toilets! someone said the room doors don't lock from the inside, but they do - just don't put the key in the whole way. you do need to leave the key, but that is quite common practice so it didn't bother us.
things you should be aware of:
this isn't a luxury place and it's not comparable to a UK B&B, there isn't a kettle and hot drinks to make in your rooms. the shared toilets for each floor are mid-way between floors down a spiral staircase and you have to get back to your room to wash your hands. there are only 2 pillows in a double room (they may give you more if you ask? we didn't ask!). there is a fair bit of noise associated with opening and closing of doors - it's not deliberate as they're heavy self-closing doors, and people come in late and get up early and seem to be very chatty and loud! so don't expect quiet - take some ear-plugs if you're a light-sleeper. we think the staff tidy rooms rather than renew sheets/towels daily - I got a v.stained hand towel so I left it on the floor thinking it would be replaced...but found it back on the rail for me to use later - so just used the main towel.
about the area:
some people have said what a dangerous area it is. it's true that there are people hanging about on the street, and we got offered 'cheap metro tickets', and just 'walked with purpose' past lurking groups of people.Just have some small change in your pocket or buy your tickets all in one go on the first day, so you don't have to keep getting your wallet/purse out. That's generally a good idea anyway in any city. don't be getting your map out and giggling in groups - keep focussed on what you're doing, look confident and like you know where you're going. If you are nervous of cities or travelling alone and nervous, don't stay in this kind of area - pay more and 'go posh', it'll be worth it for your feeling confident.
But if you are 'city-savvy' in your own country, then you won't see this as much of a big deal.
So overall - if you think 'hostel' rather than 'hotel', and if you are prepared with e.g. hand wash gel, ear-plugs, slippers and a dressing gown to get to the toilet in the night, and happy to see the positives of getting fit going up and down those spiral stairs, you could enjoy a stay with nice staff in a 'cheap and cheerful' place. But if you like luxury and aren't on a budget, just go and stay somewhere else and leave this place for those who just want a place to lay their heads for the night. (though you'd better be quick! it's being refurbished as we assume prices will rise...it's already got more facilities than reviewers a few months ago were reporting)
Thanks Bruno and your colleagues, you were kind to us :-)
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