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Hotel balladins Bobigny
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Bobigny
Wilmington, North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Getto location; not safe for tourists”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

We visited France with a group of 52 Americans, with 5 days to enjoy Paris. Paris is beautiful, but our trip was destroyed by staying at the Balladins Bobigny. We had to adjust our plans for enjoying the sights and nightlife. On the first night, 5 women in our group were surrounded by what appeared to be a group of gang members. They were "saved" by police who were passing by the metro stop there. The police escorted them back to the hotel and advised them not to use the metro at night. The police warned that the area was not for tourists. The hotel keeps the front doors locked day and night, opening them by remote control when guests arrive. Our tour leader was robbed by a pickpocket 3 stops from Bobigny. The hotel was not customer-friendly. The staff was surly and unhelpful and restricted our group to only 1 1/2 hours use of restaurant in the mornings. They had only 1 coffee machine. We waited in a long line for a cup of coffee each morning. We could enjoy Paris only during the day unless we hired a taxi, at a substantial cost, for trips into the city. We would not recommend this hotel to anyone, period!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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9 Thank Nancy D
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Ulceby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2013

Can fully agree with the statements made here about the bed bugs. I stayed for just under a week on a business trip and returned home with bites all over my body. Another person staying in a seperate room also from the same company suffered bites as well.

Food was dubious at best and people seemed to rotate between this hotel and the 'Quality' hotel across the road.

POOR even by French standards

Room Tip: If you want a good room.....stay elsewhere
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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4 Thank Mike B
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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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
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Lusijay
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Oslo, Norway
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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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Bengaluru, India
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Pachcha
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Property: 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 #3 of 4 Hotels in Bobigny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel balladins Bobigny 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This balladins Hotel enjoys an ideal location convenient to Paris, the Stade de France and Villepinte Exhibition Park. It offers affordable, spacious rooms. All of them have private bathrooms, a flat-screen television with Canal Satellite and Canal + and free Wi-Fi. The Paris Nord Bobigny balladins Hotel also has its own restaurant, which serves traditional cuisine, a lift, round-the-clock reception and a private car park. ... more   less 
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