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“Nice hostel, shame about the room”
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Le Village Hostel
Ranked #2 of 166 Specialty Lodging in Paris
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“Nice hostel, shame about the room”
Reviewed September 12, 2005

The hostel itself is very close to the Sacre Cour, on a street between it and one of the main roads, Le Rouhcourt, 2mins walk from the Anvers Metro stop. You have to buzz to be let in, which is a decent security measure. Upon entrance the lounge/reception/dining area is very cozy and welcoming. The reception staff seemed really decent and willing to help. The talked about patio balcony was pretty small and a bit scabby really, but it did have a little view of the Sacre Cour.

We stayed in a twin room...for some reason it was really hot and smelt a little. It was right by the patio which was a little noisy (when people are out there) which is probably on hot days when you most want it open! You couldn't leave it open for security reasons since it had no bars.

Beds were pretty old and nasty, you had to pay extra for sheets. The floors were a little sticky in places. The private bathroom we hadn't expected was pretty nice and new but had those annoying showers/taps mentioned before.

The free breakfast was a roll, crossaint hot drink and minute orange juice.

We were told there was no cerfew anymore though you are not allowed in the rooms (for security i guess), from 1100-1600, but can stay downstairs in common areas.

If you want somewhere cheap and good location then its worth considering.

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Reviewed July 26, 2004

We stayed here for the Tour de France (25 July 2004). We had BED BUGS in our dirty room, which was disgusting. The staff didn't seem very concerned and said 'oh, we'll do some spraying'. Sounds like it's happened before, or maybe they've never got rid of them?

We also found the staff unhelpful when asking about local restaurants - surely a list wouldn't be too hard to put together?

Other reviewers on the internet have mentioned the cat - personally I'd rather have a clean bed and no itchy bites all over my legs than a cat to say hello to.

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Reviewed June 23, 2004

Visited Paris for a short time and stayed at this hostel. Bare bones, but it was cheap, clean and in a good neighborhood. The view of the Sacre Coeur is perfect, especially at night. Reception was helpful, small kitchen, decent French breakfast.

The only complaint is my girlfriend and I shared a dorm room with a guy. Thankfully the guy was nice, but most hostels we've stayed at has one gender in a dorm room. Guess it would have done us some good to ask before booking, but we lucked out anyway!

  • Stayed June 2004
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Reviewed June 19, 2004

I stayed here in April of 2004 for 2 nights in a double room. All in all we were really pleased with it, but we weren't looking for a party atmosphere. That is something I would say you won't find at this hostel. People seem to keep to themselves and it's quiet at night. The kitchen is small but it's better than nothing and the coffee in the morning is great. Yeah you aren't supposed to have your own alcohol in the hostel but it's more of a do it and don't get caught rule. It's clean, close to the metro and have a great view off the patio of Sacre Coeur. The lockout during the day is kinda irritating cuz we had to sit and wait with all our stuff, but hey that's true for a lot of places. The neighborhood is safe, and you can walk towards Montmarte and Moulin Rouge pretty easy. Book ahead!

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Reviewed June 17, 2004

Great location, a walk from Gare de Nord station and 2 mins from tube. Just underneath the sacre cour cathedral and can be seen from most rooms. Stayed in a double room with shower and toilet quite near. There is a new shower now, just off the terrace, which doesnt have a push button and is very nice! Terrace is a good place to socialise, although there is no bar you can buy drinks from reception. Breakfast is really scrummy although its only bread and jam its the nicest bread and jam. Brilliantly priced and great atmosphere.

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Reviewed June 15, 2004

Stayed at Le Village at the beginning of June 2004 and was disappointed with it. While travelling in Europe for over a month, I have stayed in some of the best hostels (i.e. Villa Saint Exupery in Nice and Ostello Archi Rossi in Florence) and this was not one of them (while they claim to be Paris' best hostel). The kitchen facilities consisted of a hotplate. The breakfast consisted of 1/4 of a baguette and some juice. The rules were coming out of the woodwork. Lockout from 11-4, no alcohol in the hostel unless you bought it from the hostel, no sitting on the terrace after 11 pm, curfew at 2 am or you're locked out. 2 am was pretty much bedtime because you were kicked out of the common room so you couldn't sit up and talk with anyone after this time unless it was in your room. this is hard if other people are sleeping in there. the showers were pathetic and honestly only lasted max 4 seconds before you had to push the button again. not much comes out of the showerhead either. the telephone in every room they talk about on their website is just to ring the front desk, not for calling home. don't use the internet there because it's expensive. cheaper internet cafes around. if you stay there more than 2 nights, be prepared to shuffle your stuff around. they can't seem to keep you in the same room because it messes up their computer. so, haul your stuff downstairs and leave it in the "baggage storage" (i.e. a pile in the common room) until lock out is over. then you can go pick it up and move it to your new room when you get back. if you have reserved, make sure that you pay for your 2nd night on your first night before 10 pm or you lose your bed (even though you reserved). while all that was annoying, the location is good because there are a lot of good restaurants in the area and it's close to the metro. there's a laundromat up the road and bank machines around. if you're travelling in twos, there are hotels cheaper than the hostel in the area.

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Reviewed March 9, 2004

Le village as atmosphere ooozing out of the newspapered walls. The view absolutely cannot be beaten and as for Monmartre- this district has it all- pubs, clubs, live sex shows (if you're that way inclined), art galleries, great food, great shops. I cannot recommend Le Village highly enough. Perhaps the only sticking point are the damned showers- don't plan on washing your hair during your stay- it just won't happen.
A tip- if you pump the tap 4 or five times, this will buy you about 5 seconds of water flow. Also, Le Village discourages stays of longer than 7 days.

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Property: Le Village Hostel
Address: 20 rue d Orsel, 75018 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Montmartre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 166 Specialty Lodging in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Village is where old-world charm has a hip, fresh attitude. Located in Montmartre, one of Paris's most popular and authentic areas, we provide travellers with the service and comfort of a hotel at budget prices. Montmartre is one of Paris's most popular districts for a few reasons: it's close to famous tourist sites like Sacre-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge and is full of bars - as the On the Road Pub, bistros and some of the best nightlife Paris has to offer. We're very close to the metro so getting to anywhere else in Paris easy and cheap. Stay here and you'll be in a fantastic area. You will have choice between several accomodations types from the single or private double / triple / quadruple rooms to cheap beds in mixt or female dormitories. All of our rooms are equipped with air conditioning and their own shower, toilet, sink and telephone and include free linen and blankets. ... more   less 
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