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Hotel Amarys Simart
Ranked #1,668 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
San Antonio, Texas
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“Cheap, but shady area”
Reviewed 17 June 2012

Overall, this hotel is a great price considering the location - about a 10 minute walk from the Sacre Coeur and 15-20 min from Moulin Rouge. It's set directly between two metro stops so that is convenient.

At night, the area gets very active with hoodlums and hookers....I'm talking you have to walk through several GROUPS of them. They don't bother you or say anything, but, a bit unhinging considering you can stay other places in Paris and not deal with that. So, expect and be aware of that.

The hotel itself is alright...24 hour staffed desk. They buzz you in at the door, so it's secured at night. No lift so expect old rickety round staircase and pack accordingly. We were on the 1st floor (Room 11) and I quite liked the room. Nice size for Europe, decent bed, big shower, separate toilet room which I appreciate.

The 7 euro breakfast is not worth it....go to one of the many cafes in the area.

Had a glitch at checkout...we ate one day of breakfast so 14 euro for both of us. We were asked if we'd like breakfast and night before and paid that evening cash. At checkout, the guy insisted we didn't pay breakfast so we owe him our 3-nights stay PLUS breakfast. We kindly told him the story and asked for receipt that our room was paid. He insisted that the room is not paid, we still owe breakfast. We firmly but nicely say we paid breakfast on this night to this gentleman, please give us a receipt for the room. He called some guy over from across the street....I assume the manager or owner...and he got everything fixed right up.

Would I stay there again? No, not if I had better options but if not, like this trip, I would.

Room Tip: Room 11! But the room is directly outside the door/window so beware when leaving windows open....you...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

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.

Room Tip: The hotel has 6 floors and no lift. You have been warned! This hotel is not suitable for families...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

I stayed here for 4 nights from the 6th - 10th March, the location is in the montmarte area of Paris which is good and bad. The hotel itself is approx a 10 minute walk to the Sacre Coeur and has several metro stations on its doorstep.

The rooms are tiny and the decor is quite poor despite the photos on theor website convincing you otherwise. The reception area has been refurbished but the rooms do require some attention. That said it serves its purpose and all in all you have all the basics. The main complaint is that the maids feel it is their purpose in life to wake you up first thing shouting to each other from room to room...at first it wasn't an issue but after the first couple of days it got most annoying. There can also be some outside noise as the area itself is busy and although there is not much in the way of passing traffic you can still hear vehicle noise coming from the Mercadet Boulevard. If you decide to stay here I recommend you visit the patisserie on the corner next to Metro Mercadet Poissionier as it is lovely and sells the best cakes ever!!

If you decide to buy tickets to Eurodisney when you are here please beware as thwe staff ask you for your used tickets and when we searched google wondering why it states that tickets can be used again for up to 1ldren collect 13days...they claimed they were because their children collect them...not!!

Beware also...dont be fooled into letting anyone helping you in the metro if you are struggling with the ticket machines etc...they are skilled con artists and have ways of ripping you off. only buy your metro tickets from the actual tickets vendors or the machine itself!!

And lastly...leave nothing in your room before you leave...we stupidly left something behind and had to quickly run back...by which time they had already ransacked the room for any goodies we may have left behind...and they also charged us €2 each for leaving your suitcase in the luggage area if you have a later flight!!

Room Tip: Choose a high floor to stop the noise if you are prepared to walk up copious amounts of stairs!!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

We stayed for 3 nights and would definitely use it again. It was good value for money the room was very small but clean and comfy and the staff were great. I wouldnt want to stay on the 6th floor again tho!

  • Stayed November 2010
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

We booked this hotel because it looked nice, was handy for Mont Martre and an easy metro ride into the city. On arriving, as some have said, there was a smell of urine in the streets, probably not helped by taxi drivers that were parked up outside using the gutter to urinate in in full view. But hey, the hotel is cheap and it is a very slightly rougher part of town than others. The receptionists were always happy and communicative. We had chosen not to have breakfast, as we prefer to get right into the thick of things each day, but the hotels breakfast looked very good indeed, and I would certainly enjoy it myself. Our room, number 56, was on the 5th floor. As others have said, no lift, but then most of these types of residences don't have one. Decor is very tired throughout, although our room, which was small but perfectly adequate for us, was very clean. The en-suite occasionally had a sewer like smell so bad that we had to keep the door closed, but only occasionally. There was no BBC channel as advertised, which would have been nice last thing at night, but not essential. The drinks machine downstairs needs disposing of. For one euro, we had a micro cup quite literally half filled with hot chocolate. Finally, we stayed for four nights and the room was only attended to twice. Overall, the hotel provides almost all of what a low budget one of this status should. The owners do however need to address the overall standard to at least bring it up to spec. We probably won't use it again, as there are better hotels for the same price.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

Well.. Where do i begin?? We knew we wouldn't get for our money with it being a one star.. but surely hot water is an essential? This hotel was absolutely terrible. The staff couldn't speak hardly any english, our room was on the 6th floor!! no lift!! Our room was very small.. window did NOT OPEN as it was BROKEN!! The bathroom.. well the toilet was in a very akward position. There was nothing holding the shower head.. and there was no hot water!! The wifi code changed everyday and wasn't that good! There was no English channels as advertised. The only good point about it was the metro was close so you could escape quick.. and the best part of this experience was the day we checked out. Do not recommend this hotel to anyone, even if it's cheap you are entitled to some hot water, some windows open and preferably a room that is clean.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2011

I stayed at the Hotel Simart for 8 nights. I made the mistake of paying for all 8 nights in advance. Otherwise, I would have changed hotels for sure! It's cheap but still not worth the money.

1.) The hotel is very clean inside. However...
2.) The entrance to the hotel is in a dark, dingy alley that smells like urine (really).
3.) The hotel staff is not UNfriendly, however.....
4.) The hotel staff is not friendly, either. They're disinterested.
5.) Expect the "free WiFi" to be a problem. It was broken the first three days of my stay. Also, they change the login password every couple days. Don't expect the staff to tell you this. You'll have to find out "the hard way."
6.) There will be prostitutes on the corners near your hotel late at night.
7.) Do not plan on sleeping in. The cleaning staff is VERY loud (shouting to one another). They will wake you up at 10 AM. Every day.
8.) Plan on buying your own toilet paper. Because the cleaning staff will not leave you any in your room.

Stay someplace else.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Amarys Simart
Address: 7 rue Simart | 18 Arr., 75018 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Montmartre
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1,668 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
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Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Amarys Simart 1*
Number of rooms: 47
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