So, I did the worst possible things of booking without reading reviews and then reading reviews the night before departure to Paris. You guys terrified me! On first arrival off the metro at Mairie de St Ouen it was very late and we couldn't find the hotel. After reading that the area was thought of as dangerous, I was very worried about walking to the hotel. We found it after 15 minutes, and help from the locals (who seem very nice). It just shows how society judges the way somebody looks, when in fact people can be very nice. Make sure you have directions to the hotel before leaving so you know where to go.
The guy at reception in the evenings seemed pretty useless, but we got to our room, which turned out to be a double, when we booked a twin. I went downstairs and it was quickly resolved but the man looked totally clueless in what he was doing and seemed more interested in his phone. The rooms are basic. There are two beds (for a twin), side lamps, one plug, and a TV (which we didn't have a remote for, but didn't bother, we didn't go to Paris to watch TV!). We were both disturbed by moving furniture through the night, and the tension of getting there with the noise of the city made me wake throughout the night. People don't hesitate to smoke in the corridors by the window, so don't be shocked when you see this.
We wanted to leave in the morning for another hotel, but we were seeing Madonna at a nearby stadium that night, so decided to stay, as we were out all day anyway. Breakfast is good. There are crossiants, bread, tea, coffee, juice and other bits and pieces and all the hotel guests seemed nice. The morning guy at reception was very helpful. The hotel is situated on the suburbs but is very easy to get to the centre of Paris, take the 13 line metro and you can get to the Champs Elysees within 20 minutes. After the second night, I had become accustomed to the hotel, and it was normal, I was so tired from sightseeing and the concert that I just passed out on arriving at the room.
The bathroom is nice and clean, there are hot showers and towels are changed daily. Better said than a Hilton suite I recently stayed in! One tip would be that if you stay more than one night, it seemed that the cards for the room didn't work the next day and that you had to take them to reception for them to update. Beds were fairly low, but were comfortable and still hard to get out of in the morning!
Overall, if you wish to have a lush and prestige hotel in Paris, look for others. It will cost you. Although, it seems pointless, go to Paris to see it, not a hotel room. I wouldn't stay at this hotel again, and I wouldn't recommend it but its OK. Seeing Paris will be cheaper and you will get to spend money on eating out and on attractions, rather than a hotel room more in the centre.
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