Yes, this is a budget hotel so expectations are set low. However, even for the price, this hotel is terrible. Things didn't start well for my 2-day business stop-over when Reception could not find my reservation made via booking.com. I was a little worried as there was a "Hotel full" sign on the desk! Although my booking could not be found, I was actually allocated a room. The process was a little tricky as although a sign on the desk said "English spoken", I had difficulty making myself understood and had difficult understanding the explanation of my room, payment, breakfast etc.
There is no internal corridor to the rooms; they open directly onto the outside. My room key initially did not work and I had to make 3 attempts before my room door opened. The room had a damp, musty smell, similar to a public toilet! I eventually worked out that the smell was coming from the shower. It appears that there is no air-lock in the shower plumbing so all of the drain smells come up through the show plug hole. Once I'd worked this out, a damp towel placed over the plug hole stopped the problem. On my first night however, the smell was bad enough to wake me.
The lavatory had no toilet seat. I know this is often the case in public toilets in France but I really do expect to have a toilet seat in a hotel!
The wardrobe (no door) had no hanging rail; this was missing. And in any case, there were no hangers provided. So I just had the top shelf in the open wardrobe to place all of my clothes. Despite a notice in Reception saying that the rooms were air-conditioned, they are not. There is a room heater but no cooling. Consequently, the room got very warm at night time but I was unable to open the window for air/cooling as it opens up directly on the walkway outside. As an aside, the heater did not work initially, until I worked out that the fuse trip switch in the bathroom serving the heater had been switched off.
Once again, although there were in excess of 40 cable TV channels, there was only one English-speaking channel (CNN), despite English being the most commonly spoken 2nd language in Europe.
Lastly, I didn't expect much for breakfast, for only €6.... and I wasn't disappointed! A choice of bread rolls, croissants, cereals and yoghurt but nothing special (no fruit, cheeses, meats etc). Didn't really expect it though for €6.
I only stayed here as it was within walking distance of my business meetings (at the nearby Sanofi Aventis site) but on reflection I should have stayed somewhere else and booked a taxi!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel balladins CHILLY MAZARIN is situated just 10 minutes from Orly Airport between the A6 and A10 motorways. The nearby RER station puts you half-way between the Chateau de Versailles and all the monuments and museums of central Paris. ... more less
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