I stayed at this hotel because I was on a Contiki tour. Otherwise, it would not have been my first choice of hotel in Paris. And I definitely will not choose to stay there again. It IS affordable, but at the cost of good quality. And safety.
It is located very far from the city centre, so you do have to take the metro for about 15 minutes before being able to transfer to a line that services the more touristy areas. The closest metro stop to the hotel is about a 5 or 10 minute walk. There is a bakery-pastry shop on the corner, as well as a grocery store. There are also restaurants and a McDonalds close by.
Though the neighbourhood around the hotel looks rough (graffiti), I had no trouble and found people to be friendly, but after dark it gets a little scary because there are nightly gatherings of literally 100's of homeless people (the tour guide called them gypsies, but I have no first-hand knowledge of what ethnicity they were) right around the corner of the hotel, where they trade broken junk and food and things. The tour guide told us to watch for pickpockets as we exited the coach for the first time.
I didn't have much interaction with the people working reception, but I found them to be courteous and helpful, or as much as they could be between their broken English and my broken French.
The room was small and the sheets were tatty, but clean. The toilet area resembled that of an airplane lavatory, and the shower was separate with only a frosted door separating it from the sleeping area, so it was kind of awkward trying to shower with my tour mate (a stranger) in the room.
I found it very disconcerting that there was no phone present in the room. My tour stayed there over New Year's Eve, and there were two guests who spent the whole night walking up and down the hallway on my floor, shouting and trying to open doors. It was very frightening and we had no way of contacting the front desk for help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the district of Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur, this Etap Hotel is located in the heart of the Flea Market of Saint-Ouen and 15 minutes from the Stade de France.Guestrooms feature a satellite TV, shower, toilet and all the comfort to make your stay enjoyable. Free Wi-Fi access is available in public areas.Enjoy a breakfast buffet every morning. The Etap team welcomes you 24/7 to help facilitate your stay. ... more less
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