This is a reasonably priced hotel in a brilliant location about 10 minutes walk from Notre Dame and from the Louvre. The bedrooms are nicely decoration and most seem to have their own showers but 3 bedrooms on the first floor share a communal shower. Most rooms share toilets and many or all of the en suite shower rooms do not have doors which will be awkward for some people (eg teenage siblings). Some beds have bed ends, note for tall people. Some double beds are narrower than standard doubles.
The problem is management. As others have said, the proprietor is "quite a character". At first this is an amusing and refreshing change from the more obsequious service you might get elsewhere, but she can be very fierce if you get on the wrong side of her, and vitriolic both to you, about you to others, and about others to you (including her own staff). The rules she enforces are arbitrary and not published anywhere and it could be that she makes them up as she goes along.
In particular, this hotel is completely unsuitable for children and the website should say that children are not welcome. The walls are very thin and the noise levels of any normal child will cause Madame to call you in for one of her rude and unpleasant and condescending lectures. Other than an enclosed garden, there are no communal facilities such as a lounge or kitchenette.
Normal standards of hotel management suffer from the attitude of the proprietor. The reservations system is a book with postit notes that fall out which produces chaotic results: try ordering a double and two twins (like we did) and see what you end up with when you arrive (in our case 3 doubles). Madame might breezily say that you can go elsewhere (but without a reservation in Paris you will be sleeping in the streets). Typical of the attitude is that room 2 has a persistent problem with leaks from above: the wall has been repaired at least twice, once repainted and once patched up with new bare plaster, but still the ceiling leaks. Madame said that it was the fault of the people above who didn’t use the shower curtain properly. It seems unreasonable to expect that the leak should be fixed; the owner does not take responsibility for problems and blames others instead.
It is a pleasant looking hotel and the owner makes you laugh at first. Fawlty Towers is funny too but you wouldn’t want to actually stay there, and you don’t want to stay here either.
If you are going to Paris with just your partner and no children (and you don't mind water coming through the ceiling at night) then you might be all right but don’t be surprised if you get single beds, or even no beds at all. And having noisy sex will definitely get you thrown out.
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