The Ritz, it is not! Location is this hotels best point, being in the 8th arrondissement you are close to the Champs Elysse and (more importantly for us as we were only staying one night), travel from Gare du Nord is ridiculously easy. Get off Eurostar, straight down to Metro and walk to "Magenta" (it's a bit like Londons "Bank" station, you can walk to a number of different lines). One stop later and you are at St.Lazare and it's a 60 second walk from there. Hotel is a two star which for frequent Paris travellers knows doesn't get you a lot. We had a quadruple room which was perfectly adequate, two firm double beds, tv, bath and shower, fridge you can stock yourself and an absolutely massive wardrobe. The kids loved its quirkiness, huge double doors to get in the room, cornice detail, fireplace etc. a lick of paint would freshen everything up but might that also spoil it's charm? Breakfast is pretty small but at 7 euros, no complaints from me. The whole place is a little shabby but pretty average compared to similar hotels I have stayed in Paris. I thought it was a bit expensive in truth, we paid euro 200 for the night but there was a lot of Irish visitors due to the rugby so maybe that played a part. Stay because of the location, a lot "safer" than some of the areas we have stayed and close to major shopping areas if that's your thing. All public transport was free for the weekend we stayed, not sure why but a helpful way of keeping costs down.
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