On arrival we were really impressed at how well-decorated and clean the hostel was. We had a three-bed en suite private dorm, which was a bunk bed and a single bed. It was all very modern with only minimal evidence of previous guests (almost felt brand new!). There were four spacious lockers in the room (although our padlocks were too small for them and the doors just opened anyway, so we just kept stuff locked in our cases). Although it was small, it suited our needs perfectly as we didn't spend much time in the room. The same can be said for the bathroom, small but cleverly built to make use of space and the shower was better than my shower at home! Again all clean and like new.
Now, for the area. On the first night, we tried to find a restaurant nearby the hostel as we were quite tired from travelling. After an hour of wandering we couldn't find a restaurant that didn't seem to be primarily a bar, we ended up getting take away pizza and bringing it back to the room. During this wandering around we began to feel increasingly uneasy as it got darker. After a couple of days in Paris, we realised that we were in a pretty dodgy area; just around the corner from the hostel seems to be a prostitute hot spot. There's lots of graffiti (all over Paris but especially in Belleville) and the hostel is actually in china town. Despite this a couple of the bars seem to be extremely popular with young Parisians, on Friday night they were spilling out on to the road there were so many (it was an astonishing sight it looked uncomfortable!)
HOWEVER, the hostel is two minutes walk from the metro. My advice would be don't bother exploring around the hostel if you're just in Paris to see the sights, just walk from the hostel to the metro and in to the city centre without looking the Asian ladies on the corner in the eye. We had a great holiday and Beautiful City Hostel was fantastic, it was our own naïvety about the area. I would absolutely recommend this hostel to anyone who is in Paris for a short break to see the sights and looking for a clean and comfortable place to sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly practical and designer, The Beautiful Belleville Hotel & Hostel personifies a new generation of hostel! With its modern and colourful decor, you'll quickly feel at home. Situated in a quiet street in Paris, a mere stone's throw from the parc des Buttes-Chaumont, it is right in the heart of the busy Belleville district, with its numerous bars, shops and reasonably priced restaurants. During your stay, our dynamic team will always be there to help, answering your questions with a smile. Free Wifi connection, luggage room and breakfast, served every morning from 8-9.30am in a room built for purpose. Vending machines equipped with drinks and snacks are available should you feel slightly esurient, and you'll also be able to heat up your meals in a microwave, should you wish to do so. Last but not least, you will appreciate the comfort of our dormitories for 2 or 4 people, stylishly decorated, with quality linen and private bathroom. But also, our nice and cosy private rooms : single, double or twin. ... more less
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