We have been to Paris countless times and each time we've stayed in a different area of Paris and at a different hotel. We've tried small hotels and the chain hotels. Le Citizen is a small hotel of just 12 rooms and a small restaurant area.
The hotel is wonderfully location on Canal St Martin, right next to one of the swing bridges and lock gates. You have a great view of the boats going up and down which was exciting for the children. This area is very residential so you won't see many other tourists. The nearest station is Jacques Bonsergent (L5) or its only a 10 minute walk (with children) to Republique one of the best connected metro stations in Paris. From Gare du Nord it was a comfortable 15 minute walk with luggage in tow.
Form the moment you arrive you are made to feel at home. We mainly dealt with Pierre during our stay, one of the most friendly Parisiens we have ever met. However, all the staff at this hotel were really friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
The room itself was lovely. We had a citizen apartment - which is basically an adjoining room and suite. This gave us two bathrooms. In the suite there were some large cushions for customisable seating - or for making dens if you are a child! Great fun - see the video on the hotel website. Like most hotels in Paris, the room was not huge, but it was more than adequate for our needs and felt large due to the brilliant way in which it had been laid out. Sound proofing was ideal. We heard no street noise other than the occasional siren. This was great given the number of locals sitting canal side with guitars etc until the early hours. We slept well with no noise disturbance.
The ipads (there is one per room) are a great touch! Really helpful in helping you to plan your day as well as find out all you need to know about the hotel.
We only ate breakfast once at the hotel. The service was great and the croissants were wonderful. A slight mix up over the eggs was dealt with promptly and efficiently and was actually quite funny! Pierre had even made the thoughtful touch to order some pain au chocolat for our children.
Le Citizen felt unique. Nice touches, welcome homely feel, picturesque location and great service. After many trips, we've finally found a hotel we'd gladly return too and we can't wait to book our next trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Boutique Hotel with twelve rooms run by a team whose ultimate goal is that guests enjoy every moment of their visit. The building has been completely renovated from top to bottom, with aesthetic natural wood accents throughout. The quality of the accommodations includes top of the line beds, flat screen television with a vast choice of international channels, air conditioning, sound buffering and complimentary in-room services of WiFi, filtered water... ... more less
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