If you are looking for a hostel in Paris on a budget, do not even consider this place. Why? Allow me to explain.
-Upon arriving and as one of the first of my group (a group of 8) I immediately learned that there was only 1 key for every room. The guy at the front desk also encouraged me to leave the key with him so that I might not lose it. Were this a half reputable place I might understand that but I suspected perhaps ulterior motives (my suspicions were later at least semi-justified when I learned a fellow guest of the hostel had all of her personal effects stolen.) The atmosphere right outside the door is a bit of a tip off with numerous guys shouting at you trying to sell counterfeit cigarettes. There wasn't even one time when I stepped outside where I wasn't met with shouts of "MARLBORO MARLBORO! DES GENS! MARLBORO!"
-The room I stayed in had 2 bunk beds, a sink, a window and only 1 functioning light out of 2. It also looked like it hadn't been cleaned for a few days. Again, how I wish I was wrong. As I was falling asleep on the first night I smelled the unmistakable scent of sweaty body odor. I knew it couldn't have been me as I had literally just washed all of my clothes that morning at a laundromat. It was my blanket, supplied by the hostel; unwashed. When I complained the next morning at the desk the clerk was initially unhelpful and said there was nothing he could do. After seeing how angry and frustrated I was he gave me the key to another room and told me to switch blankets. So some poor unlucky sap will now be in the same situation I was. Astounding.
-The icing on the proverbial turd cake however was on the last night of our stay, while I was sitting on my bunk contemplating how a sad series of events led me to this abomination of a hostel when all of the sudden I saw a mouse scooting along the baseboards under my bags. I immediately went to the front desk and confronted the clerk, he came with me back to the room, didn't see the mouse and told me that it had probably gotten out of the room. Unhappy and frustrated I resigned myself to wait for the return of the rest of my travel companions to discuss our options when I saw the mouse again. This time crawling around in the lower bunk, in my friends clothes. I lost it, I began shouting, swearing and kicking the bed. I was furious, I went to get the clerk again and this time he saw the mouse. He immediately grabbed my friend's boot and tried to hammer the animal into oblivion, to no avail. Another staff member poked his head in the door and began taunting me and my companions, jeering us that we shouldn't be afraid of a little mouse and there was in fact a mouse in EVERY room. Comforting. Evidently he was absent from the history lesson explaining the effects of the plague, in which ~50% of Europe's population died due to a disease transmitted by vermin. ie: Rats, Mice etc.
They weren't willing to do a damn thing about it so my friends and I decided to cut our losses and we moved ALL of our things on foot to a different nearby hostel. Which by comparison seemed like the Ritz. The whole experience was a nightmare and I truly and sincerely hope "Friend's" hostel get's condemned for being unsanitary and unfit for human habitation. Sure the cost is bottom of the barrel but there are basic necessities that need to be met.
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- Friend`s Hotel
- Friend`s Hotel Paris
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