We have just spent 5 nights here. We read the reviews, so were prepared for the worn carpets and tired decor. But love the atmosphere. For a city hotel, very quiet (except the bin collections at about 6 on Friday mornings)! No clock available.
Kitchenette wasn't quite what we expected, the microwave is very high on the wall. You pay 3 Euros for kitchen pack (2 plates, mugs, tumblers and wine glasses + basic cutlery) No pans - but we didn't ask. You'll need to take your own coffee/tea etc, as none is provided. It was nice to have the extra room to sit in if one wakes earlier than the other (and drink tea of course). Ended up eating out (tres cher!!) at lovely nearby restaurants, but at least we had the choice.
The beds were comfortable - no duvets here. Loved the lift, but as we were only on first floor,didn't use it. Bath lovely, with over the taps shower which was extremely powerful, if a little leaky. Yes, you can hear others up and down stairs, but not boom, boom, boom of loud music!!
We didn't have the breakfast, so can't comment on the dining room - but McCafe is nearby (towards Cadet metro station) and has offer of pastry + drink for 1.80 euros, which has to be a record.
Would recommend the Auberge du Clou just around the corner (turn right out of the hotel road and right onto Rue de Martyrs and it's at the top facing you. About 5 mins walk). Lovely food, very friendly atmosphere.
The Fuxia on R.de Martyrs is also good Italian. All food and drink in Paris is pricey, so be prepared. Outside the Louvre, a large beer and mint tea was 14 Euros!!!
Transport is easy - nearby you have several metro stations, which are easier to navigate than the buses, and more frequent. Do go to the Latin Quarter, and sit outside the coffee shop in front of the Sorbonne - it's lovely surrounded by all sorts of different people, not just tourists. And the Jardin des Plantes has lovely places to sit (and it's free). The Eiffel Tower will often be a long wait (sometimes hours), so start early.
Have a good holiday!
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