After I'd saved for nearly two years in order to afford a break in Paris for our 40th wedding anniversary,what was supposed to have been the trip of a lifetime in the romance capital of the world,actually turned out to be our worst nightmare. After leaving the main route from CDG airport to Paris and being driven through the roughest area imaginable,probably best described as a ghetto,(think Moss-side,Manchester,then QUADRUPLE IT!!!) we arrived at the 'Hotel'. The main entrance was unlocked,so anyone was free to come or go as they pleased,that was our first concern. Then I asked just how far from Paris we were and was told 21 kilometers,the hotel website says it's close to all major attractions,I wouldn't call that close. Then I ask how we're going to get there and am told,"The Metro,but be very careful,don't carry much cash,leave your passports,credit cards,cameras,watches,handbags,jewelry,phones,etc. here at the hotel,because a lot of tourists get robbed around here." "Move quickly and keep a sharp lookout for gangs of youths,especially at the hotel entrance and on the Metro" We wondered if things could get any worse,they did. As we left the reception area and entered the hotel complex we were confronted by a four storey building which can best be described as a prison block. The area by the lifts was full of litter and stank of urine,as did the lift. We went to the fourth floor and opened the door to our room,switched on the light and my wife just cried. The room itself was the size of our bathroom and had two single beds,I'd booked a double room. The bedding looked as if it was made from some old curtain material from around 1950,it was dirty and stank of stale cigarettes. There was a small wardrobe with two coathangers,and a bathroom with a shower which would have just about been adequate if you happened to be a midget. As our hearts sank and our dreams were shattered,my wife just begged me to take her home. At this point I had to play my trump card and tell her that I'd booked us on a four course evening dinner cruise on the River Seine for the following night. It was meant to be a surprise but under the circumstances I had no choice,and for this reason,she agreed to stay. She wet into the shower and after a couple of minutes,let out a scream,he bathroom floor was under two inches of water! I had to use the towels to soak up the mess and we just went to bed (seperately) and tried to sleep.What followed was a sleepless night of shouting and wild behaviour,both from inside and outside the hotel,and what sounded like gunshots. In the morning I asked if the hotel could order a taxi for us but was advised to avoid taxis as they charge anywhere from 40 to 60 euros into Paris and the journey can take two to three hours. We decided to take our chances on the Metro and on the way,passed a bar 50 yards from the hotel with five bullet holes in the front window and all the rest of the windows smashed. I'd ignored the hotel manager's advice and taken our camera,so after making sure we weren't being watched I took three pictures of the damage. I tried to appear in control and confident while we were there for the sake of my wife but the truth of it is I have NEVER in my life felt as scared as during these three days and nights. We were being watched everywhere we went by these scumbag low-lifes,just waiting for something to kick off. It was only after coming home and stumbling upon some of the reviews on here that we began to appreciate just how lucky we'd been to get back in one piece. The after affects have left my wife traumatised and I wish to God we had gone to Blackpool instead. The whole area of Basilique St Denis,including the Eurohotel Sovereign,should be nuked of the face of the earth!!! Absolute bloody disgrace!!!
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