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Smart Place Paris
Ranked #16 of 155 Specialty Lodging in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
“Budget Traveler”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Perfect for budget travelers that like to avoid chain-hostels. It is a block away from the Gare Du Nord train station, so very convenient location. The staff is friendly, helpful and all speak English! It's a small hostel but clean and tidy. Bedding was great and towels were only a Euro to buy. Wifi access was poor but there's worse things that could happen!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Nothing but praise for this hostel. I stayed for one night in a 4 bed (2 bunks) room. The only remotely negative thing I could say about this place is that the room was a little small for four people with suitcases. If everyone is courteous though, not a problem. Mattress was comfortable, bedding was immaculate and altogether I had a very good nights sleep. Was surprised that they even provide a blanket for each guest (clean, good condition and very warm). My room was on the main street but I'd no difficulty with noise keeping me awake, The bathroom is actually just off the room, not down a corridor like in most other hostels I've stayed in, and was very clean and in good shape.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, even offering to store luggage the next morning. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is provided free of charge and cooking facilities are available should you wish to make something to eat. The cooking and eating area isn't huge, but for a solo traveller or small group, perfect. Will definitely stay there again should an overnight in Paris be called for.
Oh, and of course a perfect location for onward train travel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Palatine, Illinois
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

The "very good" rating is definitely price dependent. As most of the other reviews mention, it's very close to Gare du Nord. Its location makes it not only accessible to all of Paris, but most of the rest of France and Europe. It's the Paris end of the Chunnel train.

The first time American visitor (not just to this hotel but to Europe) has to be aware of the differences between what an American is used to and what they will find in Europe. The wifi was free and only worked on the ground floor. The lift is a one person one suitcase affair. My wife and I had to go up separately.

Our room was very clean but very very small. It had a small desk and clothes hanging area. I was surprised to find a safe in the room. Just big enough for the laptop and iPad. The shower was probably the world's smallest. But the bathroom was also very clean. The rooms were also surprisingly quiet.

The over riding theme is - it's all much smaller than we're used to.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Very close to Gare du Nord rail station, small and very friendly staff "Leah was the standout" Leah remembered me from my previous visit and it was great to see a smiling and friendly face behind the desk.
The hostel has rooms upto 5 guests and all have ensuite bathrooms, much better than sharing with 20 or 30 other guests like some hostels. It has a kitchen for food prep. The common area is not huge but has free wifi... It's defiantly a great place to stay, the area is safe and there is lots of restaurants to dine if you would prefer not to cook yourself....

Room Tip: Book early as this hostel sells out over weekends and prices climb the more bookings that they have...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Savona, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2012

The location is very good: the hostel is next to "Gare du Nord" and the underground, so from here you can reach every important place in Paris! Besides you can go on foot to Montmartre because it's ten minutes away.
The stuff is nice and helpful, they can speak english.
The hostel is very clean and the rooms are a little small but it's ok because I usually use the accommodation only to rest after a long day spent around the city that I'm visiting.
The price is great if you consider that you're in Paris. Really the best.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 15, 2012

i was hoping for more from this hostel. only stayed there for two nights. the room was small but clean, same for the bathroom. the only problem was that the windows didnt close properly so at night it was too cold. grrrr
overall it was ok, staff was friendly, but i dont think i would stay there again...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2012

The room was small but I didn't need more for 1 night.
It had a T.V and a clean, small bathroom with a shower.
The view from out the window was some kind of courtyard and not the street :)
The location was good, near to Gare du Nord. It's not the best location but it's close to subway and trains.
Staff was very friendly and willing to help anytime.
I would go back because it's not too expensive and okay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Smart Place Paris
Address: 28 rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Entrepôt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 155 Specialty Lodging in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Smart Place Paris 1.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Smart Place Paris is the perfect budget hostel to experience the most of Paris. Located few meters to Gare du Nord and close to all the popular areas where the day and night life is quite animated, you will discover the most beautiful places of the french capital while enjoying a local city life. Surrounded by bars, theatres, you can easily walk to the Grands Boulevards, Opéra and Galeries Lafayette. Chose between the modern private, double or triple rooms, or share a dormitory with your friends (mixed or not). Prepare a meal in the common kitchen, relax in the lobby, stay connected with the free wifi and ask anything you need to the friendly team. ... more   less 
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