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.
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