Do NOT under any circumstances stay at this hotel. Those who have written it's clean and "reasonable" must be mistaking this place for another. The accommodations (I use that word with tongue in cheek) are ridiculous. I understand and am ok with "bare bones" and a good price. I am NOT OK with dirty, dangerous and scary. I was afraid of the staircases at night--going to the loo was akin to high wire walking with no handrails and no net. Also be aware that some booking services actually charge more for this hideous place--we paid 99 Euros a night which is not a bargain considering the conditions. The location isn't bad--it certainly is close to things, however, most cab drivers don't even know where it is and there is a lot of construction going on. Location doesn't make up for the stained rugs, curtains or the noise and the smell. I assume the owner checked us in---he was fairly good humored at first but then started down the path of creepiness after several innuendos were ignored. Small lifts in older Paris buildings are normal--this one wasn't out of the way unusual. If you have a lot of luggage--forget it. No where to put it in the room and with two of us in such a small space, every movement had to be negotiated. The windows were the one saving grace--if you opened them up you could try to imagine you were somewhere else!
Bottom line for me is regardless of the room size, the decor, the location, you need to feel safe and this hotel doesn't give you that. The locks are flimsy---I would never leave anything valuable there --even downstairs in their safe. No cheap room is worth the loss of peace of mind. There are other good bargains in Paris and if you are strictly a value traveler, then this doesn't even meet that criteria. Don't stay here!!!
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