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Classics Hotel Bastille
Ranked #704 of 1,802 Hotels in Paris
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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“Very small for three”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We just arrived from Paris and we stood 5 nights there. The hotel is very well located, just 1 minute walk from the metro station. We took breakfast one day but It was really expensive and just around the corner you can find beautiful cafeteria with nice french pastry shop with all kind of delicious fresh sweet pastry.. The room was really small specially for a family, there is no room to put your clothes, but it was clean, we did not spend to much time in the hotel so it works for us. I think is not three star hotel, probaly 2 star hotel. The people were nice and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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ClassicsHotel, Responsable réception at Classics Hotel Bastille, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Dear guest,

We thank you for taking the time to leave a comment . It's a pleasure to read that you appreciated the location of the hotel, the cleanliness and the service.
If you booked a superior room with an extra bed, it is effectively small for three but we have also triple rooms in the hotel with 2 bathrooms
According the new french standards,the hotel is really a three star hotel.
We hope to welcome you back
Best regards.

Fabienne Quéméner
assistante de direction
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

My fiance and I recently went on a whirlwind trip through Europe that included a 3 night stay at the Classics Hotel Bastille in Paris. This was a small, European style hotel that definitely reminded us we were not in the US anymore. We had a nice stay there, however there a few important things to know before making a reservation.

PROS:
- Very friendly staff! Helped us map out our day to Versailles through the huge maze of Paris's metro system. Truly amazing the size and scope of the system, unlike anything here in the US.
- Very clean
- Close to metro stop
- Close to grocery stores and shops
- Updated bathrooms
- Affordable

CONS:
- Extremely small. Reminded me of some hostels I've seen in other parts of Europe, though much nicer. Room was essentially a bed and a seat. Could not turn around without hitting something.
- What is with the extremely hot water? I scolded my hand it was so hot. Seems inefficient to heat water to that temperature as you don't cook in the bathroom.
- Tiny shower, constantly knocking in to the walls
- Not exactly the best location. However, I understand this is what makes it afforable. Can't walk to touristy spots.

OVERALL: This is a small, borderline cramped hotel. However, it is clean and updated (for the most part) and staffed with friendly people who speak English (Thanks!). You are close to the metro, but don't expect to walk to touristy spots. If you want to be close to everything, look elsewhere. I would probably look elsewhere on my next trip to Paris with a bit more space even if it's a little more pricey.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2013

I stayed in a single room on the top floor, and had a large balcony (about equal to half the size of the room itself). The balcony had a nice chair and little table, and it was lovely. One of the other rooms on that floor seemed to have a balcony but I'm not sure that all rooms in the hotel did. The room was a decent size and extremely clean.
The breakfast area was nice, breakfast was also nice, and the patio area was very pretty (unfortunately too cool and damp the mornings I was there to really enjoy). The subway stop is literally right outside the door of the hotel, and there is also a bus station right around the corner.
Staff were very helpful and friendly (and patient, given that my French is not perfect).
I loved it so much, I've booked it again for a return trip. For the price, it is hard to beat.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms with balconies (on the top floor)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We booked a short break in Paris and saw this hotel advertised. Like others we read the reviews on it and they came up as very good, so we decided to stay at this hotel. It was located just round the corner from Charonne underground station on Line 9. On arrival at the hotel the receptionist spoke good English and was very helpful. We had booked a room with a double bed, on enquiring further we established that the rooms with the double beds faced the street which appeared quite noisy from the reception. We asked if there were any quieter rooms and were told that there were only twin bedded rooms at the back of the hotel so we took one of them. (106). The room was small but adequate, clean and tidy with an ensuite bathroom and toilet. There were tea making facilities and hair dryers, tv and telephone provided. The beds were basic and comfortable. There was very little space in the room to put your suitcases. The walls between our room and the next one were paper thin and we could hear the next door occupants talking in their room, together with the opening and closing of their door was quite noisy. However, you could hardly hear any noise from the traffic outside. Breakfast was included and was of the continental style, with cereals, hams, cheeses breads and pastries.(not a great choice if you have a gluten allergy). There are lots of restaurants / bars to choose from in the street outside with a small supermarket nearby. All in all we were happy with our stay, and staff were very helpful and welcoming. The hotel provided basic food and accommodation and the facilities and ideal for bed and breakfast travellers and not those seeking luxury and sumptuous surroundings as a hotel dweller!

Room Tip: The quieter rooms are at the back of the hotel, but dont have double beds.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Spent 4 nights here. The place is super quiet, very clean and the location is fantastic! Just a minute from the metro (line 9), bars, restaurants and cafes. Didn't take breakfast at the hotel, many options outside. Most recommended

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Daphna B
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parma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

This little hotel in the 11th is close to the Metro and just off Blvd. Voltaire. We stayed overnight Friday to catch a train to an extended vacation in central France returning on the following Saturday to stay three more days to visit Paris. The staff was friendly, and the room was clean and well maintained. The second stay was particularly nice as we were given a room on the 6th floor with a balcony overlooking the courtyard and the roofs of Paris.
I can't speak for the breakfast as we did not take it. But there is a fantastic bakery a few doors down ( towards Bl. Voltaire) that makes lovely quiches, and pastries to take away. The long line at the door says it all!
If you wish a four star stay this place might not be for you but if you wish a clean, quiet base to explore Paris at a reasonable price then I would highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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ClassicsHotel, Responsable réception at Classics Hotel Bastille, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear guest,

It's a pleasure to read that you were satisfied with the hotel and the location.

We hope to welcome you back soon
Best regards.

Fabienne Quéméner
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Simi Valley, California
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for three nights and found our stay comfortable. The room was a reasonable size. Unfortunately the "queen" bed was just two twin beds put together. The shower was a tight fit. You move just a slight bit and you're either turning off the shower or making it too hot or too cold. We also found an area of black mold in the top corner of the room. The breakfast was 12 euro per person and we decided not to go for it because we were sure we'd find something else we'd rather eat. The staff was very friendly and helpful too. This hotel was very close to the metro, which made it super easy getting around Paris. All in all we didn't spend too much time in the room, just for sleeping.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Classics Hotel Bastille
Address: 131 rue de Charonne | 11th Arr., 75011 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #704 of 1,802 Hotels in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Classics Hotel Bastille 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classics Hotel Bastille is a small charming 3 stars hotel with 35 contemporary-styled rooms. It is perfectly located between Place de la Bastille, Place de la Nation and the Pere Lachaise cemetery. The Marais and the Louvre Museum are only at a few bus stops. At the Metro stop Charonne, 100 meters from the hotel, you can reach the mains touristic places of Paris like the Department Stores, Champs-Elysees Avenue and Eiffel Tower. The rooms have all been renovated and offer the modern comfort of a 3 stars hotel (free internet wireless, LCD TV 82 cm, safety deposit box, hair drier). One single room is equipped for guests with reduced mobility. Buffet breakfast is served below the veranda. If you wish, in summer time, you can enjoy it in our garden. A private and paying garage is available on request (not accessible for 4X4). All the staff will make a pleasure to help you during your stay. Just ask us! ... more   less 
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