I took ages trying to find a suitable hotel for a few nights midweek stay in Paris and finally settled on this hotel.
The location of the hotel is excellent it is very close to a metro station and within easy walking distance of many of the main tourist attractions of Paris, the downside to this of course means that it is on a busy corner of a narrow street with traffic passing night and day. However, the double glazing works fine and the room is very quiet during the night except for the odd car horn or boy racer with a loud exhaust. We had no problems at all with music from any nearby nightclubs / bars that other reviewers had mentioned although we were on a mid week stay rather than a weekend. The outside of the hotel is nothing spectacular to look at but once inside it is a quiet and calming oasis with a modern clean and well decorated interior, although the reception area is quite small. All of the people we met on reception were friendly and helpful and they spoke excellent English which was good as I do not speak very good French although my feeble attempts did appear to be appreciated. As other reviewers mentioned the elevator is tiny and two people with bags will easily fill it, I can't see this being too much of a problem as I didn't intend spending too much time in the elevator any way. As with the reception area, our room (a Superior type) was very modernly decorated and very clean, although it was a little dark due to the colour scheme. The room was small but perfectly adequate as we did not spend much time in it anyway. Although I don't think I would have wanted the standard room as they were slightly smaller still. The ensuite bathroom was very nicely decorated with excellent quality modern fittings (shower but no bath) very compact but perfectly useable. I had requested a quiet room 'not on the ground floor or near the elevator' and we were placed on the 4th floor probably as far from the elevator as the size of the hotel could allow. Unfortunately we did seem to be located very close to the cleaners cupboard and had annoying noises disturbing us from quite early each morning. The hotel was very quiet during the night apart from the annoying guests who have not learnt how to close a door without slamming it (not the hotels fault of course)
The biscuit situation - disappointed to say the least. On arrival there were just two teabags and one, yes one! tiny carton of milk. I know the French do not drink tea like the English but a small gesture of a few extra tea bags and milk would have been nice. There were also only two carboard biscuits in the room which for a 4* hotel seems a bit tight. All of this was of course resolved with a quick visit to the local Supermarket to pick up a good supply. We did leave a pile of tea bag wrappers on the side hoping that they would take the hint but sadly they never.The rooms were left spotless by the cleaners each day and the beds were comfortable with good quality linen. We could only receive about 6 tv channels, of which only two were in English, again this was not a real issue as I didn't come to France to watch t.v. We can not comment on the breakfast as we did not eat at the hotel (and it was 18 euro's per person which at first I thought sounded high but once you get outside you realise it's about the norm for Paris) One mention of the air conditioning, it works very well and it does need to as the rooms get very hot, however we did not want to open the windows due to street noise, but the alternative is to receive a blast of cold air directly over one side of the room so if you have any flesh on show it will probably get iced. The control panel in the room does not actually turn the air con off, this has to be done at reception. It may have been an idea for them to put up a small notice in the room to advise this.
A Word of caution, on arrival at Gare du Nord we caught a Taxi to the hotel, it took about 20 mins and cost around 12 euros. We asked the hotel to call us a taxi for the return journey and I noticed the meter in the taxi was set 4 euros higher at the start of the journey. With delays in traffic it cost 25 euros to do the same trip! I'm not sure if its a bit of a con to start the meter higher or if there is some agreement between hotels and Taxi firm?
Overall a very enjoyable stay, I am a light sleeper so perhaps others would not be disturbed by the noises that kept waking me up. I would recommend this Hotel to anyone for a short stay but I did find it slightly claustraphobic due to its dark decor and size.
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