I must admit that finding the hotel was a bit of a pain.
Rue de chevalier de Barre is appearently a sort of a backally going up a steep slope, that splits in two, the one to the right is the proper street to go into. Taxi`s have a hard time finding it because there are no cars allowed in this street.
I must say I was looking for the hotelsign that was in the pictures when I booked the place, however it took some time to find it.
It was hidden between de overgrown trees in this dark little alley.
It was a clean alley none the less, no dog poo or trash of the sort.
Upon entering one cannot but notice that the hotel is in an alarming state of disrepair, just about anything there is broken or or about to, however they were appearently working on it. Because the second day of my stay they decided, how marvellous, to give my room a lick of paint. It was quite a sensation to find out the lengths they went to make me feel welcome in the hotel. Of course I had to take the terpentine fumes as a mildly unpleasant bonus, but really, the smell wore off after a day or so.
It`s guest were, to my delight, a tourbus full of slightly rowdy Russians. Appearantly their rooms had no lavatory so they had to use the bathroom in the hallway which they would occupy very loudly and frequently deep in the night.
My room had a beautiful Flatscreen TV but not a remote to be found, oh well I am not that fond of French television anyhow.
No instructions to be found anywere, for example I had to ask the frontdesk how to use the phone dangling off my wall.
At night there is a really nice congregation of the neighbourhoods multiethnic inhabitants hanging outside the hotel drinking beer, smoking and being generally merry and somewhat loud. But nothing an angry outcry and chucking a cup of water, could not cure.
So after all these comments:
Why do I not give this hotel a well deserved Terrible rating?
Because, some things were nice about the place, I expected a bad place and it turned out not so bad. It was generally clean.
The staff was nice. I liked the breakfast, it costs 5 euros and you get a generous authentic french breakfast (croissant, bread, butter and jelly) with a big cup of coffee (and refills) and plastic cup of jus d' orange.
The location is a short climb to the beautiful Sacre Coeur and some nice restaurants.
And lets face it, I never had the intention of going to a great city like Paris, just to sit in the hotel all day... I needed a fairly priced place to sleep and explore the beautiful city of Paris. And in the Montmartrois I found exactly that.
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