I thought I was booking for the one in Montmartre on Rue de Tholoze (probably spelt wrong) but actually ended up here.
Now looking at the reviews for that hotel and what I ended up with meant I was pretty disappointed with what I got.
The reviews on here I would say are slightly worse than my personal experience of the hotel but I did only stay 2 nights so maybe its a case of that was what was tolerable.
Anyway, the room itself was a single with just a sink and a wardrobe that looked like it may fall apart if I dared to open it. The room was clean in fairness and the bedding was all fresh so that definitely made it better. It looked like there had been a damp problem in the past with water coming through the ceiling as there were water marks thorough out the corridor (on the 4th floor) and a smell of damp in the corridor as well, but thankfully not in the room.
If the hotel was redecorated and given a badly needed lick of paint then I think the reviews would improve immensely as the aesthetics are what let this hotel down. I definitely didn't see any cockroaches during my stay, in fact I saw no bugs at all including spiders which is something that makes me feel very happy due to my huge arachnophobia.
As a side note, this hotel is not ideal for disabled or visitors who have difficulty with stairs as all the rooms are at least one floor upstairs which is reached only by a spiral staircase. As I said, I was on the fourth floor and going and up down those stairs used to get me pretty dizzy!
There was a shared WC on the floor which was tiny, I had trouble moving round in there and I'm only just over 5 foot in height so good luck if you're taller. Least it worked though, that was definitely a relief!
The receptionist staff were pleasant enough, especially the man who is on there at night who would happily chat to me and give me a map with places he suggested going to see and how to get there. He could also speak fairly good English which was lucky as my French was just confusing for him in its appalling state.
The location is actually really good, just a couple of minutes up the hill from Cadet station which is on Metro line 7 and so you can get to Louvre directly but easily change over to other sights at Chatelet, although to get to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur you're better off walking up to it as there is not an easy changeover to the metro lines that serve this part. I
ts a little bit from the touristy side of Paris and there's loads of restaurants and bars nearby for going out in the evening which was quite nice to see a more 'French' side to Paris.
Overall, my stay was ok. I would have rather had a more comfortable and nicer looking hotel to stay in but really I was out all day and only returning at night to sleep so cleanliness was a more important factor.
I'll be honest, I wouldn't book here again as I know I could probably get something a lot nicer for my money but the location is good.
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