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Hotel balladins Bobigny
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Bobigny
Reviewed 9 November 2012

This hotel was comfortable enough but on future visits to Paris we would look for something much nearer the centre. The Metro was a good 10 minutes away by foot, with no signposting - it's a mostly residential area so presumably everyone knows where it is. We asked directions from people at a tram stop and a very kind woman abandoned her plans and walked there with us. We then had a 45 minute journey by Metro to get into the centre of Paris. Luckily we were invited out on the Saturday and spent the whole day and evening of the Sunday in Paris as there was absolutely nothing to do or see anywhere near the hotel. The other surprising and slightly annoying thing was that the rooms did not have safes and the hotel had no provision for keeping our passports, in fact the receptionist expressed great surprise that we were not obliged nor did we want to keep them on our persons all the time. My poor husband had to wear his anorak all the time - even in the lovely sunny weather we had on the Sunday - as he had the passports in the inside zipped pocket so nulle points to the hotel for this. Also, the breakfast buffet lacked variety - the same ham and cheese every day.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

The room we stayed was infested with bed bugs.
Approximately one hour into my sleep I was woken by having to scratch the many bed bug bites on my body.
I can confirm they are bed bugs as I managed to kill a few that scurried across the sheets. I do not recommend anyone to stay there.
The breakfast was terrible, the day on the food was expired, and the staff couldnt speak english.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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CORINNE C, Directeur général at Hotel balladins Bobigny, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2014
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je suis très étonnée de ce commentaire car jamais le ou la client n'est venue me rencontrer pour m'exposer son problème et surtout me le montrer , de plus je rectifie également que toute l'équipe parle anglais couramment je suis donc très surprise de lire ceci bien cordialement
I am very surprised this review as ever or client came to see me to explain the problem to me and especially to show me, plus I also rectifies the whole team is fluent in English so I am very surprised read this cordially

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Reviewed 11 June 2012 via mobile

Very lovely staff and good service. Room very nice only thing that let it down was that there was no coffee making facilities. The area was very rough, you will witness at least one drug deal per day when walking to the metro station, which by the way is conveniently close. Staff helpful and willing to help. Breakfast nice and lots of choice. Only reason I wouldn't stay again is because of the ghetto location !

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

I stayed there just for a couple of days, so I didn't require much. The hotel itself was very tidy and clean, and the staff was helpful, but the main and, I suppose, the only disadvantage was its location. Nevertheless, it was not so far from the underground and bus stations, so, all in all, it was not a big problem to get anywhere.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank Svetlana N
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

This hotel is located so far away from the metro station that it was a cumbersome & difficult process to carry bags for such a long distance. Not many buses come here either and travelling at night is a strict NO-NO. Considering it is located opposite a freeway, the noise continues throughout the night. The room is clean and has an attached big bathroom (compared to other hotels in Paris). Although cheap by price, will think about other hotels in the city rather than coming so far away.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

professional and helpful service
breakfast in accordance with hotel level
small and cheaply equipped bathroom

and the experience I've never beleived to get: bed bugs in your bed leaving tens red spots on your body and blood smears on sheets

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank Petro P
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CORINNE C, Directeur général at Hotel balladins Bobigny, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2014
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l'équipe étant totalement professionnel , si la personne ayant rencontré ce problème de piqures , l'équipe aurait immédiatement prit en considération sa demande . Jamais ce ou cette client n'a cherché à me renconter pour me faire voir ou m'exposer son problème .

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Reviewed 20 November 2011

Our first visit to Paris and realise that a hotel room is really only somewhere to sleep but this hotel was terrible. The hotel is on a major expressway next to a petrol station approximately 25 minutes on the Metro Line 5 in an area that does not make you feel comfortable to be out late in.

We were early for check in but the lady receptionist was very friendly and helpful. But on our return we were met by a different receptionist that was totally indifferent. The hotel is supposedly non-smoking but you could smell smoke in our room, most likely coming from another room on our floor. The bedding and towels had black marks, they had been washed but the stains appeared permanent.

So if visiting Paris on a budget I would recommend to spend a little more and avoid this hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel balladins Bobigny

Address: 302 avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 93000 Bobigny, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Seine-Saint-Denis > Bobigny
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Bobigny
Price Range: £49 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel balladins Bobigny 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renovated in 2017, our balladins Bobigny hotel offers comfortable rooms at smart prices! Our modern rooms, all serviced by elevator, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, a flat screen TV (Canal Satellite and Canal +). Enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, as well as our digital tablets available on request. A varied sweet and savory all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is served everyday in our restaurant. A meeting to organize? Discover our seminar room for up to 25 people. ... more   less 
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