I think staying in a modern prison would have been cleaner (and, quite frankly, safer).
The only positive thing I can say about this "hotel" is that it is close to Gare de l'Est station. LITERALLY everything else about it made me want to run as far away as I possibly could.
The area was totally sketchy; the "lobby" was a tiny, cramped space with a "dining room" (that MIGHT seat 10 people maximum) and stairs (NO ELEVATOR in this six-story building) branching off to either side, and it REEKED of bleach like they were doing laundry in the basement; the staircase was dark, rickety, and dirty; we were placed on the fourth floor, where the floor in the hallway was (I WISH I were joking) collapsing and supported with what sounded like wooden supports underneath it.
The room itself was stained from floor to ceiling with God only knows what; there was a mystery stain on the douvet under the thin blanket on the bed; the sliding bathroom door wouldn't close entirely and was paper-thin; we only received two bath towels when we had three people staying in the room, and one of them was ripped; and Internet connection is only available in the dining room. I always wear earplugs when sleeping in hotels, so I can't speak from experience, but the other two people I was traveling with said the noise from the street was horrible and neither of them got very much sleep.
We were booked for four nights, but obviously had to check out the next day due to the horrible conditions of this hotel. As we were checking out, another guest had to COME DOWN THE STAIRS to ask the guy at the front desk to TURN THE HOT WATER ON in his room!
I just can't understand how this place is still allowed to operate, and I strongly suspect that the positive reviews this hotel has received were written by its own employees. Do yourself a huge favor: AVOID THIS HOTEL!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 85 Boulevard de Strasbourg 75010 Paris - Ideally located opposite the Gare de l'Est and a few steps from the Gare du Nord, the Canal Saint Martin and the Grands Boulevards , Hôtel d'Alsace Paris Gare de l'Est is a 3 -star hotel renovated in 2015 subtly mingling atmosphere typically Parisian , contemporary décor. This accommodation whose building dates from the early twentieth century offers a quiet and pleasant surroundings, while enjoying a lively area with many restaurants , bars and shops. Hotel d'Alsace Paris Gare de l'Est is also well served by public transport (metro lines 4, 5, 7 and RER B) and is the perfect location for business or leisure travelers coming from destinations served by Eurostar. ... more less
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