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Hotel Central Paris
Ranked #1,660 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
“Try somewhere else.”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Before I start, the hotel I am reviewing is the one on 66 rue de Chateau d'eau. DO NOT confuse it with a similarly-named hotel located at 1 Bis Rue du Maine (decent reviews for this seem to exist), or you will be sorely disappointed.

This hotel is in an alarming district of Paris--essentially it is surrounded by hair salons which all employ 3-8 loud men EACH whose sole purpose is to stand outside the shops and loudly yell at passers-by. Apparently this is meant to be a marketing technique. It's alarming, loud and makes it damn difficult to get past them all on the street.

The hotel itself is...Okay-ish. However, we were on the 6th floor. This means using the tiny, winding stairs OR the closet-like elevator that holds one person and a bag or two people, no bags, at absolute maximum. It was alarming, to say the least.

The room was small, which I expected. What I did not expect was the sight of a pink, flimsy shower curtain (something a dollar-store would sell for ~$3) with extensive amounts of black mold on it. The flimsy shower curtain alone would have been fine, but to have black mold on it was just absurd. It was a cheap curtain and while it should have been cleaned, replacement would hardly break the bank! Water pressure was decent, which was a plus.

The toilet worked, mostly, but the toilet paper holder was broken and a half-used roll of toilet paper was left sitting on the back of the toilet tank. The room was clean on surface inspection, but the corners were unclean. Overall, it just looked like no one actually cared if the rooms were clean or presentable.

The front desk staff was highly variable--some were helpful, some were strange and some were rude. Most spoke some english, but some spoke none. No one showed us our bill or a receipt or anything, even when it was requested.

Our last morning we were awoken to loud screaming and repeated door slamming from somewhere else in the hotel. I can't help but feel that looking somewhere else or willing to be a bit further out (it was not that helpful a location anyway, other than a relative proximity to train stations--but these are easy to access anyway via subway train) would have been a better choice.

Overall, it made a terrible impression on me and, like another reviewer wrote, changed our view of paris.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was not clean. we always had dirt on our feet from the floors and the bathroom smelt of urine. Was mouldy found many cockroaches and had no blinds for the window.. we used toilet paper to cover it. It was in a terrible location very loud at night and in the morning. It Changed our perspective of Paris. This hotel is in a dirty area which is dodgy at times. But you get what you pay for

  • Stayed June 2012
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Nice clean hotel wasn't the worst place I've stayed in
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  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

It is located in african part of Paris. Rather noisy but we didn't worry about it.
Absolutely terrible: dust and durt everywhere, all devices in bathroom have been broken, old furniture and interior, small elevator, unfriendly hotel's owner.
One advantage is location: near metro "Chateau d’Eau" and close to centre.
It is the worst hotel of all my travels.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2009

We booked through easijet and mistakenly booked in here for 4 nights without checking reviews- bad mistake. The room was tacky and bathroom appalling. The bathroom windows had old dirty adhesive plastic peeling from the panes as the only screening from the street/apartments across the alley so you couldn't use it a night with the light on. Basic maintence was not done so joinery was hanging/ rotting, and things like the builtin bedside radio smashed as if it had been hit with an iron bar. The bedding was not clean- with vomit on one of the blankets so we discoverd on the second night. The tube station outside attacted crowds of people gathering on the street at night which made it a very noisy location. The only good thing about the hotel was its closeness to the main train stations and walking distance to the centre of the city.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank wenmat
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Reviewed June 3, 2009

The hotel we booked online had a problem so they sent us here instead. It was a grotty hotel in a very noisy area. It had 3 stars painted on the wall of the hotel but it was definitely not a 3 or 2 star hotel. There were loud & agressive people hanging around the streets all around. The stairs were dirty, the bathroom was awful, the floors were dirty, the bedcovers were stained & the view out the windows was of a flat roof with bags of rubbish including whiskey bottles strew on it. We checked out without spending the night there. I definitely would not recommend this to a friend.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Athens, GA
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Reviewed February 10, 2009

First off, please do not confuse Hotel Central Paris with the Central Hotel Paris - these are very different hotels. Before I trash it, I will say this hotel has some good points: 1) staff is very nice 2) room itself is not actually all that bad 3) the hotel is very close to the metro - like 20 ft and is in close proximity to many of the sites 4) the staff watched our bags for us the day we checked out.

Bad things: I killed 3 roaches in the bathroom and the bathroom was not the prettiest thing; the room also had no electrical outlets; the neighborhood is very loud at night so if you are a light sleeper, this will annoy the heck out of you. While I cannot vouch for the safety of the neighborhood, there were many aggressive and annoying people on the streets who could turn a nice leisurely walk into an exercise of futility.

But: you get what you pay for and if you are looking for a 2-star hotel that is close to the metro that will be relatively clean, you should stay here.

  • Liked — Proximity to the metro
  • Disliked — Condition of the facilities, loud and blaring street noise, lack of internet
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Central Paris
Address: 66 rue du Chateau D Eau, 75010 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Chateau d'Eau / Gare du Nord , Entrepôt
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Ranked #1,660 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Central Paris 3*
Number of rooms: 41
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