I stayed at the Hotel Ermitage for two nights in July 2008 on my first ever trip to Paris. I am a young female and was traveling on my own, so had booked the hotel for the purposes of having my own little space whilst I acquainted myself with the city.
PRICE: I booked through hostelbookers and paid 38 Euros/night for a private single with shared bathroom. For me this worked out to roughly AUD$75/night, so it was quite pricey even for a budget hotel. I have since heard that even though it is Paris, it is possible to get a budget hotel with a private bathroom for that price or less - however I did not come across any.
LOCATION: Hotel is located in the 20th androissement (district), so is not all that close to the city centre (however I caught the metro to most sights in around 10-20mins, depending on where I was headed). The neighbourhood itself was fairly quiet, but my gut feeling was that it was pretty safe, and I had no troubles wandering by myself in the evenings. There some decent and reasonably-priced restaurants in the area (you just need to be prepared to walk around to find them) and also a few markets selling fresh fruit.
ROOMS: My room was on the seventh floor (and there is no elevator), so I certainly got my exercise running up and down! And I should probably mention here the view. This is probably what pushed this hotel from a "Poor" to an "Average" for me - the view from my room and the seventh floor was just gorgeous. I could see out over the rooftops and the unmistakable silhouette of the Eiffel Tower was clearly visible. Tres romantique! Rooms are a little cramped, but as there was only me (and I am not that big anyway) I was happy here for the two nights. There was a table and chair in one corner, as well as a basin and sink in another. The room also had a safe, TV and telephone. The bed was small but comfortable. My only complaint would be the cleanliness - I have a feeling I might have been bitten by bed bugs whilst staying there (I had tiny, red itchy bites all over my back and shoulders). I am not a fussy person, and the itchiness died down after a few days, but if you have allergies I would steer clear of the Hotel Ermitage (at least until they give the linen a good wash!) The bathroom was shared, and was on my floor just steps from my room. Shower worked well, tiles were a little old, but as I saw nobody else throughout my stay (and thus did not have to share), I cannot complain.
AMENITIES: None to speak of; if there was internet I did not know about it, and the hotel is very basic, so I doubt there are many included perks. At the end of the day it is a budget hotel/hostel, but it does not pretend to be otherwise, so if you are ok to look elsewhere for internet and food, Hotel Ermitage is fine.
SERVICE: I did not have many interactions with staff (nor did I see many). The man at check-in was very sweet and carried my luggage up the seven flights of stairs for me. Upon check-out he carried it back down again. Apart from that I was left to my own devices, which suited me just fine.
In all honesty, I probably would not stay here again. After my two nights here I moved on to St Christopher's Inn (located by the Canal St-Martin in the 19th androissement), and although I was in a shared dormitory, it was cleaner and nicer. Still, I do not regret those first two nights at the Hotel Ermitage. There is something very Parisienne about buying a baguette et fromage and a bottle of wine...and heading up to your tiny room to watch the sun set over the city.
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