First, the positives. The hotel is very conveniently located across the street from the République métro station, which makes it an absolute breeze to get to all the tourist sites. For a quick and tasty breakfast, there are also plenty of affordable cafés and pâtisseries in the neighbourhood. Our room was showing signs of age and quite small - but this is typical of structures in le Marais - though, as we had one facing the street with windows that open wide, extremely well-ventilated. The make-up room service was also thorough, while the free WIFI worked well for the duration of our 5-night stay (though a little spotty in the mornings!). Now, the awful... the service. On my first night, I enquired about an extra towel for each night of my stay for health reasons - offering to pay for the trouble - and was assured by the kindly manager that they will be provided free-of-charge as long as the hotel isn't full. Perfectly understandable and politely explained, which I completely accept. I would have purchased the extra towels at a Monoprix in any case, if they couldn't accommodate. However, on subsequent nights, I had to deal with ill-mannered clerks who literally threw the towels at me grudgingly. On my third-to-last night, I was fiercely reprimanded by an extremely rude male clerk that I am NOT to ask for more towels under any circumstances. Let's put it in perspective, it is A TOWEL. Towels, from what I understand, are not some precious Parisian commodity. In fact, they are generously offered when requested in all other hotels I have resided in. After this incident, the petty clerks basically started ignoring our "bonjours et bonsoirs" when we tried to deposit our room keys. We had to leave them exposed on the front desk - a definite safety concern - as they ignored us to surf the internet (yes, cranky woman, I am looking at you too). To the both of you, I sincerely hope the management looks into your vulgar attitudes and deplorable work ethics. I will not be back at this hotel, nor will I recommend it to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- Minotel Hotel Meslay Republique
- Minotel Paris
- Paris Minotel