We stayed here in nov/dec 2012 for my birthday. We had a budget and didnt want to waste too much on a hotel. The reviews on the hotel are mixed but we decided to go for it as the majority of the reviews were not too bad and we only really wanted a clean safe place to sleep..we were not planning on spending a great deal of time indoors anyway!
We've travelled a fair bit and are not normally ones to grumble about 'every tiny little thing' but there really were few saving graces at this hotel, which is a shame, its a very affordable great looking building, newly decorated and not a million miles from all the sites. unfortunatly this doesnt make up for the flaws. Were very used to staying in hostels/tents so are happy without 5* luxuries but after a while (when you've paid £400 for your room) not being able to shower there, not being able to eat there, not being able to get a hot drink there, not being able to go out after dark and being genuinly so cold you resort to sleeping in clothes does begin to irritate!
The hotel had been freshly decorated...so much so that we had to go back down 5 flights of stairs to get the guy on rectption to come and open our door for us..it had been painted and the paint dried to form a seal meaning we couldnt open the door. The same thing happened with the room safe. A maintenance guy appeared and got the safe open eventually and used a knife to sand down the edges of the door so we might be able to open it again. However the safe was barely wide enough to get our 2 passports in, let alone valuables etc. The room was however clean, basic but quite suitable for the budget and the smell of fresh paint added to the new/clean feel. However it is COLD in there. one sheet and one blanket on the bed and stone floors with no radiator etc in the room. It was freezing! A hot shower was largely out of the question as the shower door seals were broken and showering just flooded the bathroom...and the bedroom. When we were mopping up (using our towels) there was a knock on the door...it was management..saying water was pouring through the ceiling in the room beneath us..we tried to explain that 5 mins in the shower and water had pooled right out from beneath the bathroom door to under the bed...and suddenly the manager could not speak english very well. still we dumped our stuff and headed out. The lift is so tiny it is funny! THe corridors were fine, not excatly the ritz but we didnt notice dirt or obvious deterioration. The carpets were a bit worn.. So what, its a carpet. Theres better things to focus on in Paris! The foyer to the hotel is very quaint and charming. Beware of the street beggars sitting on the steps outside.
The area. We are a 26year old couple and were keen for a busy day and a fun night exploring. For the 5 nights we were there i dont think we stayed out past 9pm...just beacause we were both too concerned about getting back to the hotel in one piece...the area is truly un-nerving and feels very unsafe. The metros around here are deserted after dark (6pm) We took that as a hint! It appears to be quite a run down and poor area of Paris. The Breakfast is not worth the money. cornflakes, warm milk (if theres any left in the jug) never coffee left on each of the 6 mornings we went to breakfast (and we kept going earlier and earlier) one type of cheese, one type of ham and muller yoghurts. There were baskets of croissants (cold and obviously yesterdays) left on the counter as you enter the cellar room (really nice room, character and pretty.) The couple of times we saw the kitchen staff she was rushing somewhere else..got back to our room just as room service arrived...and there was the lady from the kitchen helping service rooms. we stood in the doorway to our room..completely ignored...and waited for them to finish. We requested more towels (to mop the floors!) and were given a hand towel. We resorted to one of us having a shower as quickly as poss and turning the water off whilst applying soap etc whilst the other one stood in the bathroom and tried to mop up as the water poured out. And we kept getting phone calls from reception to inform us the water was pouring through the ceiling below.
Reception staff largely ignore you, we werent entirely fussed by this, particularily towards the end of our stay, but should you want to request directions or ask for a good restaurant (we tried once) you wont get much response. And we found one nice restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. Despite much googling (when the wifi worked) there is not much close by. Meaning you venture off for dinner via the metro...meaning you take a gamble on the safety on your trip back to the hotel. So you eat early, go back to the hotel, go to your room, attempt a shower, get into bed before 10pm to try to warm up and wonder what you are missing out on in the rest of Paris.
Basically, the hotel is a base, yes. But we only wanted a base to shower,sleep and eat something before a long days exploring. And this hotel couldn't even provide us with that.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Saint Louis Bastille
- Saint Louis Bastille Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 3-star property is located at the intersection of Boulevard Richard Lenoir, under which flows the Canal Saint-Martin. The fashionable Rue Oberkampf, the principle artery of the trendy new Marais is close by also. A charming hotel par excellence which was recently renovated using luxurious and warm materials which create a delightful, calm setting for your stay in Paris. The hotel is air conditioned with WiFi connection. ... more less
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