Ok, here's the deal. As everyone else here has stated, the hotel is great if you're on a budget. Don't expect "premiere class" or anything else. This hotel is not for picky people. It is very clean, in a good area, and a CHEAP place to rest your head. My review is as follows:
-It is literally 5 mins. walking distance from the train station (Parc des Expositions)
-About 30mins from central Paris (ok for me, as it gave me a chance to read my "Paris for Dummies" & "French for Dummies" books ;)
-Great hot water & shower pressure (especially after walking Paris) but becareful because most of the small "cabin sized" bathroom does get wet.
-NO Hairdryer (a must for most girls), No telephone & No refrigerator in the rooms
-wooden floors (again be careful you don't slip after showering)
-The beds are comfortable - initially the sheets smelled funny (wet-mildewy) but had them changed with no problem.
-Small desk & TV in the room
-Receptionist is ONLY there 3hrs in the morning & 3 hrs in the evenining. This is clearly stated when you book your hotel. If you have a problem or need anything extra you have to go next door to "Kyriad hotel".
-Breakfast & Lunch availble - but of course, you gotta pay (don't know how much, since I didn't partake).
Coming out of the train station a male passerby pointed me in the right direction to the hotel without me having to ask anything (You make a left & walk about 2mins to the hotel. Great first impression of the French, I must say). I got here after 10:30am & there was a posted sign at receptionist desk that said to go next door (I already knew that, thanks to our reviewers here). Being that I got here early, I went next door to the "Kyriad" to ask if I could leave my bags there in order to start my Paris experience. The male receptionist wasn't rude but wasn't welcoming either. He told me I could leave my bags but had to be back at 2pm promptly to pick them up. Being new to France and not knowing about their transportation system (or anything else for that matter) I was a bit weary I would get side tracked & not make it back on time, so I decided to wait the almost 4hrs until check in time. Myself & another gentleman fell asleep in the lobby area waiting to check in. So, if you come early, beware of this. I honestly don't know what happens if you don't return at the designated time. :/
Days later (on my bus trip to CDG, see below) I met 2 Venezuelan ladies staying at Premiere Class that said they had a very bad experience w/ a white male at the "Kyriads" front desk. They told me they got to the hotel around 10pm & headed next door with all their luggage to check in & that the male didn't ask them anything nor did they say anything to him & that he just picked up the phone, said a few things & then told them "no taxi". Dumbfounded, they tried explaining they were there to check in. After asking them for their ID, he gave them their room keys & rudely told them to go next door. In my opinion, even though this is not Premiere Class' front desk, it does give a bad impression of it with customer service like this.
About the room: Yes the beds are comfortable but you have limited space. The bathroom gets wet easily, be careful upon exiting. Your room key (paper card) doubles as your access card in the elevator (after hours) and it is also used to turn on the lights in the room. The front desk tells you, you only need to drop the card in the slot & then take it out in order to have the lights on, but this was not so. I had to leave my card in the slot the entire time I was in the room in order to have the light & TV on otherwise it would shut off.
Also, a word of advice for newcomers like myself (which I learnt the hard way); ***You need a universal adaptor, which front desk at the Kyriad can provide for you but you must leave your ID. The watts are different in Paris (and I believe Europe for that matter). After some research, I learned that American voltage is 110 and European voltage is 220. Of course, all my friends knew this and no one bothered to tell me. What does this mean? Well here goes:
- for one, my cell phone would get charged w/ no problem, but it didn't last long. The power diminished within 2-4hrs without me using it! (I noticed because I used this as my alarm).
-Secondly, and the funniest (I can laugh about it now) DON'T USE ANY APPLIANCE WITH PLASTIC ON IT...IT WILL MELT!!!!! I was doing my hair with my curling iron. I had finished half of my hair when I started to do the other half (in retrospect, I did smell a burnt odor, but I thought it was the residue of hairspray on the barrel of the iron). Anyways, I start to "unroll" a front part of my hair when suddenly SPLAT! the entire front part of my hair felll in front of me!! MON DIEU!!! I was so shocked, I just sat there staring at the strand for a long time (granted it must've been seconds). Of course, half a million things went through my head in those seconds (one of them thinking I had some undetected disease! lol) until I realized later the melted part of the curling iron burnt my hair! (see photo)
Ok, now that you had your laugh, on to the next thing. This is just a tidbit of Paris' transportation system and my way of understanding it because initially I was confused & didn't know what one thing and the other meant(again for newcomers) The METRO is for Paris itself (inside the Périphérique) the RER trains are the trains that take you outside of Paris (for ex: to this hotel). Paris is made up of zones and there are different tickets you could buy in order to go to each one. The one that suited me best, was the All-in-one 5day pass that gave me unlimited boarding to Buses, METRO & RER trains. Initially I thought it was a bit expensive, but in the end, I was glad I bought it because I used it several times a day to several sites. Most of these trains intertwine at certain train stations & sometimes you don't know which one is which.
When booking this hotel, especially if you're staying during the weekend, check the RER train schedule. Maintenance had to be done during the weekend of my stay (Sept. 15-16) The train terminated at Aulnay-su-Bois & I had to catch a bus from there to the hotel (which doubled my time) and vice versa. The maintenance was then extended to Monday & the bus from "Parc des Expositions" to "Aulnay-su-Bois" was discontinued. Therefore I had to get a bus to Charles de Gaulle & from there switch to another bus that was headed to the nearest train station ( I believe "Mitry-Claye"). It took me 3hrs to get to Paris on this day!! I'm not exaggerating on the time. Tourists at Charles de Gaulle were completely lost! There was a sign posted outside Parc des Expositions stating there would be no service on RER B train until June 7th, 2013. (see photo)
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