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.
- 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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