Just to set the scene, my best man and I were in Paris for 2 nights for a pre wedding catch up. We weren't bothered about sharing a twin room etc and weren't expecting much in terms of facilities i.e. we knew there was no lift in the building and wi-fi was really the only perk we needed.
The receptionist was welcoming (although I think partly helped by the fact I speak French). Reception is manned 24 hours a day which was perfect for us popping in and out of the hotel for the weekend. The reception area and breakfast room was clean and fitted modestly and modernly.
Our room however was quite a disappointment. We only paid £65 per night admittedly, but didn't expect such unloved decor: smashed in bathroom doors (see pics attached), scuffed paint work, very dirty walls and a poorly furnished bathroom. We coped with 1 pillow per person, wi-fi is temperamental and no BBC Worldwide channel which was advertised on their website. Having said that, the cleaner had done the best they could: the floor was vacuum correctly and the toilet and shower area cleaned. The room is a typical Parisian size so that was no disappointment.
The location of the hotel is very ideal for a budget holiday though. At the end of the road you can see the Sacre Coeur on the hill. The metro station is barely 2 mins walk from the hotel and there's a great Bakery by the metro stop too that is well stocked. There is a Carefour and Dia supermarket on the main road as well that we grabbed evening nibbles from at a good price. The coffee shop/bar at the top of Rue Simart has a lovely host and waited on us very well whilst enjoying some lovely French wine.
Having lived in Paris myself, I thought the area was much nicer than some I've been to. Yes there are always going to be certain ladies offering services, but you get that in any capital city.
Overall the hotel definitely needs some love and investment and we won't be staying again, but it wasn't the worst experience I've ever had.
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