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“Clean but basic” 2 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   216 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, 75010 Paris, France   |  
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Ranked #1,634 of 1,794 Hotels in Paris
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Clean but basic”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in August 2014. We were not a "tight" budget but we did want to save where possible and decided on a cheaper hotel as somewhere to put your head at night without paying for frills we wouldn't use. That's exactly what we got. Their website IS misleading as it presents itself as a well finished, well appointed establishment. To give them credit, they are trying and they may well be in the midst of refurbishment but from what we saw it does not live up to it's own press.
The staff we dealt with were business-like. They were not rude but then they didn't exude friendliness either - typical Parisians!
The double room only had access to one side of the bed, there was a "wardrobe" but it was basically a shell with a hanging rail in it. It was nice, and traditional, to have French doors opening onto a narrow balcony. The only problem was they couldn't open as the bed was in the way! The shower-room was clearly recently refurbished and was clean and well finished. The shower had plentiful hot water and sufficient pressure to rotate the head through 90 degrees and cover the entire room with water!
We only tried the breakfast on one morning and found it to be very simple - not worth 10 euros. Croissants, pain au chocolat, bread, ham, cheeses, yoghurt and tea/coffee & fruit juice. Go to one of the many cafes, do it Parisien style and get lots more (and better quality) for the same money. Note that there is no tea/coffee facility in the room (to be honest, there was no space for it).
As for the area. It is only 5 minutes walk from the Gare du Nord. We walked everywhere and found the hotel surroundings to be very much like the rest of Paris. There are dodgy areas in every city but Paris struck me as being one big one. We didn't feel threatened or vulnerable at all although I formed the impression that some individuals were "sizing us up" as if to consider relieving us of something or selling us something (or someone). It was simple paranoia, however, as we were not challenged in any way and, as I said above, we never felt threatened.
Ultimately we were glad of our choice of hotel as, if we had stayed somewhere more opulent, we might have seen less of Paris and stayed indoors more. As it was we returned to the hotel after 11pm each night after a full day of sightseeing. Sleep was not easy as the bed was too soft for our liking and, being on the main road, it was quite noisy in the morning.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Lovely little hotel very close to the Gare du Nord train station. My boyfriend and I stayed from the 7th - 10th of August.

If you fly to the Charles de Gaulle airport you can catch a train from there straight to the Gare du Nord and its then roughly a 5-10 minute walk to the hotel. Being this close to the train station also makes it very easy and cheap to get around Paris. One evening we decided to catch a taxi from Opera Square to the Faubourg and it cost around 8€ so it's also quite cheap if you do need to catch a taxi.

The hotel room its self was small but clean. The shower wasn't very powerful but if your only going for a few days it's not the end of the world. Bed was comfy. The staff were very helpful and the breakfast was basic but tasty. All in all I couldn't really complain about the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Good clean & cheap hotel within easy access of Eurostar & Gare Du Nord. Local area perhaps not the safest at night - but local metro station (3 min walk) offers good access to major Parisian attractions (10/15 min journey)

Friendly & helpful staff. Rooms all clean - though don't bring your cat - as insufficient room to....

Room Tip: Believe rooms recently remodelled and are small but functional - Which we found fine as expected to...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

On reading reviews about this hotel and this area I was worried. Yeah this part of town is busy, the area is not the cleanest, but My wife, two daughters and I never felt worried. Got to eat great South Asian food nearby. Staff we're VERY helpful. In my experience the customers at the desk were very rude just for the sake of it. Stayed 3 days. Basic hotel - Good value. We would return if we were on a tight budget again. If you're looking for something more than a clean bed and a place to shower then you should pay more and stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

DO NOT STAY HERE.
Honestly the worst ever hotel. Miss leading advertising is only the start.
Rooms offered on arrival were in another hotel - staff thought it funny when we compained! After 4 hours of complaining we were sorted new rooms - freshly painted, exposed wires and half built beds!

Unfortunately we had pre paid with hotels.com - who are just as bad as this hotel and will not respond to any complaints. The hotel simply did not care about our issues. Despite numerous chances to put things.

More hostel than hotel. I think the 3 star is because they have a lift!

Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Chatteris, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

There have been so many issues with this hotel. My boyfriend and I paid a lot of money to stay here for three nights and as you can see in the photos the building we stayed in had scaffolding and the plastic all around meaning we had not ventilation in the room and had builders waking us up around 6-7am. As we were here in July the weather was extremely hot and despite having air conditioning it was placed above the wardrobe so had little effect and our only source of fresh air was the patio doors which had builders walking past constantly making noise and peering in.We even had builders stood infront of our bathroom window luckily the glass was frosted! Our fridge was not working, the taps of the shower and basin were loose and not fitted correctly. Room service was rubbish our bed sheets were not replaced just the bed made, bin not emptied etc.We had drilling noises early in the morning. Staff were not helpful. We are currently going through the process of writing a written complaint. Only visit this hotel when they sort themselves out! The only good thing about this hotel is that it is very near to the Metro and Gard du nord.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

worst place ever! too much to list. if you want your trip to be normal, not saying great, just normal, don't even stay there. terrible staff, service, bedding, etc....also not safe area at all!!! again, too much to list.....

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 216 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, 75010 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1,634 of 1,794 Hotels in Paris
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Hotel Class:3 star — Faubourg 216 - 224 3*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Faubourg 216 – 224, 3-star, invites you to enjoy a comfortable and refined stay in a completely refurbished, contemporary and original setting. A peaceful atmosphere, decorated with light and soothing colours, with a few bamboo plants to add a touch of exoticism. A very Parisian stay in the comfort of a refined setting. ... more   less 
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