First of all, they go by several different names to trick you into reserving their hotel. Don't fall for this trick! The address is 37 rue de Maubeuge, 75009 Paris. They go by the following names: Hotel de Paris Opera, Hotel de Paris & Hotel de Paris Maubeuge.
I think that here on TripAdvisor they must use the "De Paris Maubeuge" to confuse potential clients; there must be another hotel with this name that gets really good reviews so one might want to be careful not to confuse this hotel with a hygenic one (which would be at a different address).
I'm a seasoned traveller, I've been to Third World countries, I'm not whiny and self-entitled and I don't look for 4-star quality in a budget hotel (ESPECIALLY in a place like Paris) but I do think that I might get ever so slightly irrationally queasy when it comes to physical references to bodily fluids and excrement of strangers. And that's exactly what you'll get at this hotel. They do "clean" the rooms, they do "clean" the sheets and they do "clean" the bathrooms, they just don't clean them according to the same definition of clean as some might define the word. In which case there is no right or wrong, only cultural norms.
My first night there the first thing that struck me was the smell. I thought it smelled like a hot, fresh, wet bowel movement. A cultured and refined world traveller will also note that this is the exact smell of old castles (and who doesn't love old castles, amirite?). I think that the French would roll their eyes and say that it's just the smell of a really old building. I choose D. All of the above. And anyway you get used to the smell once it sticks to your hair, skin and clothes.
I'm pretty sure the sheets are "clean" even if they do have stains all over them. I guess they're the type of stains that don't come out even when "cleaned". With "soap" (and don't even get me STARTED on a rant about the definition of "soap" up in here!). Also, my first night there when I pulled back the bedspread the sheets were covered in dark, short(ish) hair. Could have been dog hair in the bed so I guess that's not so bad as long as it doesn't have fleas (must have some standards, afterall), although I do think it's a customer service faux pas to let animals roll around in paying clients beds but if they're good enough to lay up in Parisian restaurants I guess they're good enough to roll around in my bed when I'm not there. So the sheets were "clean" but stained and someone(thing) else's hair was all over them. Otherwise the bed was perfectly fine; no complaints whatsoever.
The bathroom may not have been cleaned everyday but it definitely was cleaned at some point before I arrived (which is actually more than many of you will be able to say upon your return). The bathtub was spotless as was the bathroom floor and the bathroom walls. And yet .... and yet very evening when I came back to the hotel different forms of excrement would be waiting for me in the toilet; the worst being the time I found both excrement and big clots of blood in the toilet. I never did figure out what caused that: was someone coming into my room and using the bathroom during the day? Was it the staff using the rooms during their breaks (this is my theory although the fact that they never remembered to flush after themselves regardless of whether it was urine, excrement or blood left behind told me way more than a refined and cultured world-traveller like myself would EVAH want to know about a stranger's hygiene (or lack thereof.)? Are there faulty pipes that causes some kind of backflow from another room (mysteriously there was never any toilet paper that appeared on its own in my toilet, only excrement so, again, EW! EW! EW! EW!)? I tried to speak with Management regarding this but I was shouted down, although in his defense he was at the time simultaneously chatting up and cheating one of the hotel clients so ..... yeeeeeeaaaaaaaah .... you're probably going to want to go ahead and lower your standards when it comes to customer service anyway before you come here. No don't lower them, get rid of your standards altogether before coming here.
You won't get any sleep here unless you wear earplugs because no one can seem to figure out the complicated system of quietly shutting their hotelroom door, so they slam the doors. All. night. long. Also, after midnight the wildebeests start trickling in from a night of wanton drunken debauchery (as it should be) and so stomp and run up and down the stairs. All. night. long.
Access to the sites is GREAT but the walk from the metro station at night is super scary because the locals know not to hang out it in the streets after dark, so you're kinda on your own after 8:00pm. Well, most of the locals; there are men hiding in doorways smoking cigarettes and softly wishing you a "bon soir" as you walk down the barely lit streets so I guess that's kinda nice. If you're drunk.
My room was GIGANTIC (again, by Parisian standards)! No complaints there!
In all I'd say that this hotel is exactly what a seasoned, budget traveller of modest means, low self-esteem and the standards of say a hobo should expect in Paris. For everyone else: stop being cheap, pay the extra money and stay at a Best Western.
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