When we came up from the underground station we were pleasantly surprised to see the hotel right there on the left, great location for exploring Paris by metro. We were not as pleased to see the massive speakers being erected in the square in front of the hotel.
We were slightly early so our room was not ready, we waited for the allotted time and were given our key. When entering our room the cleaners were still in there and they said come back in 20 minutes as they were nearly finished. 45 minutes later it still wasn't ready so they gave us another room which was on the top floor and had no windows at eye level which made the room very claustrophobic and we didn't come to paris to look out at a wall. We waited again for a further hour for our original room then gave up and went out to explore. I must mention at no point did reception mention the live music that was about to take place.
Our room was ok and of a good size. For the price it could of done with an extra bedside table as there was space, there was no full length mirror, toilet brush or liner for waste bins. The toilet was separate from the sink and shower which was bizarre as you had to walk round the other side of room to wash your hands after using the toilet and hoping that no one was in there. (Ok if your sharing with family.)
There was a festival outside the hotel with lots of police. You could not hear yourselves speak in any of the restaurants which rather ruined our first night.
We didn't sample the food in the hotel and the only time we tried to as all the restaurants in the area were closed due to the crowds of people for the music, we were told the hotel had stopped serving as well? The pizza place and the Mexican on the square served good food.
We would definitely stay elsewhere on our next visit as there are areas closer to the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks that are far superior.
I must mention the reception staff, the girl at check in was helpful. One of the men was very patronising and rude!! They could of warned people of the noise disruption and the fact that on the day we were leaving the crowds were so dense that to struggle through them with an eleven year old child and two suitcases was frightening to say the least especially as most of the people were drunk, they also could of warned us that all the restaurants were closed and we would of eaten elsewhere before our return journey.
If you have already booked this hotel don't despair there are far worse hotels, if you haven't try elsewhere. We were recommended to this hotel by Eurostar staff as opposed to the crown plaza and if the music hadn't been an issue it wouldn't of been quite as bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated in the heart of Paris, near to the Place de la Republique and 5 minutes from the popular Marais quarter. Two main train stations are also nearby (Gare de l’est and Gare du nord). Guests can enjoy all of Paris attractions as well as designer boutiques, art galleries and fashionable restaurants. This recently renovated establishment offers bedrooms with free Wi-Fi internet access and a 24-hour reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Republique Hotel Paris