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“Fire Trap” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel de Roubaix
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6 rue Greneta, 75003 Paris, France (Notre Dame / Marais)   |  
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Ranked #894 of 1,792 Hotels in Paris
Ancaster, Canada
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Fire Trap”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

The Hotel Roubaix at 6 Rue Greneta is a firetrap. The only set of stairs winds up around the elevator shaft all the way to the top floor. The design creates a natural chimney that blocks all routes for escape from above in the case of fire. Why mention fire? Even though the rooms are designated as non-smoking, there were a number of cigarette butts on the windowsill of our room when we arrived. People in Paris smoke a lot and are not really good rule followers. If you ever see them drive, you will totally understand. Also, there had been a small fire in one of the 240 Volt outlets in our room that had not been repaired. Something still protrudes from one of the 240 Volt terminal openings. The light in the centre of the room appeared to be held up with wires that were just twisted together. Shaky wiring, people who smoke in non-smoking rooms, wooden floors and stairs all inside a tall stone shell; you do the math.
When we arrived our toilet was already plugged up. I went down to report the problem and immediately got yelled at by the elderly man working the front desk. It was in French but I got the gist of it. Especially when he got a waste paper basket out and demonstrated how I should scoop the offending matter out of the toilet with my hands and deposit it in the basket as he continued his verbal tirade. Without skipping an unintelligible word, he then pointed at himself, as the volume increased, and shaking his head indicating he wasn’t going to do it. I don’t speak French so I took a pen and drew a rather nice picture, (if I do say so myself), of a plunger and indicated I would use it if he would find one. That really set him off. You would have thought I intended to use it on his wife. There must be something in the French culture involving plungers and insults that I don’t fully understand. Another guest who spoke both languages tried to help but the old guy was so far gone at this point, yelling and flailing his arms, she just ended up walking away. About an hour later there was a shift change at the front desk and I was able to get the new guy to solve the problem. Later when I went to have a shower, without a shower curtain of course, there was no hot water. Our bathroom was really grungy but at least we had a bathroom. It appeared to me that some rooms on the lower floors might have had to share a toilet.
When we booked the reservation, we had visited the website and learned that a number of the rooms had been refurbished so we asked for one of these rooms. We were guaranteed that ours was one of them when we arrived. It was not! The rooms you see on the website are not anything like what you may get. I refer to the bathroom again that appears to have been repaired over the years with whatever tiles they had laying around. A tile-covered panel, at the side of the tub, was held in position with a wad of toilet paper. There is a hole in the bathroom door and whoever applied the wallpaper in the sixties didn’t have much in the way of skills, but it doesn’t matter, they just paint over it anyways. This must be what they call refurbished. The only area I saw that could be considered refurbished was the first floor entrance foyer and eating area.
Rooms in Paris are small, we knew that coming in, but we barely had room for our luggage and us in the room at the same time. If you intend to use this hotel, pack light.
We were there during the July heat wave. They don’t have air-conditioning or even fans. The windows open wide. Dress modestly because the people across the street have a clear view. There are no screens on the windows because they have very few bugs. All the time we were there we only saw one moth. The problem with the open windows is the noise. Remember how I said they drive? Emergency vehicle sirens go all day and night in Paris.
What I can say on a positive note is the sheets appeared clean, the beds were made and the room tidied every day by the housekeeping staff. That would have been quite a task given the amount of room there was for them to work.
The breakfast is functional at best. A croissant, half a baguette, juice and coffee or tea; get down early, and it should be fresh. There is a picture on the website showing the breakfast room with trays on the tables; that’s breakfast.
We will not be back. I would not recommend this place to anyone expecting anything over a one star accommodation. I believe the lack of fire escape options is a real concern.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Stayed in this hotel over the weekend with some friends. The hotel was a really good location, we were able to walk to the Pompidou Centre area very easily and taxis back from areas further afield were inexpensive.
The hotel was very quirkily decorated and had a fun feel to it and the reception staff were friendly and helpful. The room was ok but the beds were very hard and not enough pillows. The weather was very hot and the rooms do not have air con so we had the windows open all night - there are shutters which work well with this but generally the room is still very warm.
We didn't hear any noise within the hotel but unfortunately there is a church across the road and the bells ring every hour (if not more often) and so I would advise taking some earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
Also, as with a lot of Paris hotels, the reception keeps the room key and so you have to ring the doorbell if returning very late at night.
Overall, I think it's a good value for money hotel in a good location. I would stay here again but perhaps only in cooler weather.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alicante, Spain
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7 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed a week at Hotel Roubaix and although the room was small, this did not bother us. The bathroom was also adequate, and the shower was excellent. It was also clean, and the sheets and towels were changed regularly. Once you've seen the amazing decour, with posters of Tin Tin in the very basic dining room, and the sparkly wallpaper and polka dot pillars, it will remain a memory for many years! We had three main gripes. Firstly the noise level was horrendous, not from the street, but from other rooms on either side and above and below, from both people and the plumbing system. If you are a light sleeper, you may have problems! I found the bed rather hard, but it suited my husband. Secondly the breakfast was abysmal. Every morning it was a glass of orange juice, coffee, one croissant and a third of a french loaf [sometimes stale]. This did not vary at all, and while we are used to continental breakfasts this was well below par. The last major gripe was the lack of internet which was advertised as accessible throughout the hotel. It flashed on occasionally, generally while we were asleep, as emails mysteriously appeared on the iPad early next morning, so we unwillingly visited McDonalds on more than one occasion just to check out our messages. The elderly gentleman at the desk was rather unhelpful when we mentioned this problem, and we got the impression that he thought it was all space age stuff and unnecessary anyway! The location is good and it is only a short walk to the nearest Metro and you can easily walk to many of the major attractions. not sure if we would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for two nights. It is very tidy, but stereotypically Parisian in that it has tiny rooms, really bad breakfast, and is not very quiet. If you just need a place to sleep, and fall asleep easily (as I do), you'll be fine, otherwise you might be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This family-run hotel, within 10 minutes walk from Notre Dame and other sightseeing destinations, is the perfect place to stay in Paris. We slept well - good mattresses - and quiet situation. Continental breakfast was quick, efficient, and tasty. There are good and reasonably priced restaurants within easy walking distance, and a well stocked supermarket (upstairs in Monoprix) just 2 minutes walk away. The reception was always manned, and extremely helpful (printing out booking vouchers for us etc.) and well equipped with free maps of Paris and the Metro. We stayed four nights, and will definately stay there again when we visit Paris again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Corfu, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

The location is perfect!The metro station is really close.
Friendly staff,very clean room!
The breakfast was exactly what you need to start your day.

We are definitely going to stay there on our next trip to this magical city..

Stayed on November 2012 ,traveled as a couple.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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132 reviews 132 reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Chose the hotel for the location. Friendly staff, comfortable bed, good shower, quirky design, free breakfast. Soundproofing of rooms negligible so be prepared to get to know the intimate habits of your neighbours.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 6 rue Greneta, 75003 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Notre Dame / Marais
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Ranked #894 of 1,792 Hotels in Paris
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel de Roubaix 2*
Number of rooms: 53
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