This was a return trip to Paris (the first since we got engaged) to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Could not have picked a better place! For North American readers, if you like the ubiquitous beige and white American chain hotels with marble and a fountain in the lobby - this is not it. If you want an authentic French hotel that is clean, comfortable, friendly and reasonable priced, I don't think you could do better.
This place is certainly quirky - narrow spiral stairs, a tiny elevator (one person and a suitcase is about all it will take....) and slightly strange decor. For us, it all added to the 'authentic' experience.
By most European standards, the room was a little small. Tiny by North American standards. But again, this is quite typically Parisian and we very quickly adapted to being in a smaller space.
Not all the staff were knowledgable about tourist matters, but all were friendly and helpful. We managed to arrive without our usual collection of power adaptors but were presented with a huge selection and invited to borrow whatever we needed.
Breakfast (at extra cost) was good value with a wide variety of breads, cereals and beverages. Again, Americans looking for steak and eggs will be disappointed - this is Paris. We started each day with an espresso and fresh croissants with ham, cheese or very high quality preserves. Staff were always on hand to replenish supplies; there were only ever just enough fresh croissants and running out meant a trip to the bakery down the street for one of the staff for more.
WiFi is free, but in our room (48) only really strong in the bathroom. So it that's important, maybe ask for a room with a good signal. I imagine lower floors are better since it works very well on the main floor.
Location is superb, a few (maybe 5) minutes walk to Pernety Metro station. Most of the main Paris sights are only 2 or 3 Metro rides away. We even spent a day at Disneyland - took about an hour to get there by Metro and train.
We were there for 6 full days and could not possibly have eaten at all the options within a couple of blocks of the hotel.
If we ever get back, we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.
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