Hotel Stella can be a reasonable compromise: great location and low price in exchange for dirt, lack of wifi, and miscellaneous annoyances. We were there twice for a few days, two different rooms. Location is the prime attraction: a few blocks from the corner of St. Michel and St. Germain, Latin Quarter, Jardins de Luxembourg, Rue Mouffetard, the Pantheon, Notre Dame, etc. Great smells emanate from the restaurant beneath. Cool views out the front. Inside it's funky and authentic, with wood beam ceilings. The hosts are nice and businesslike, not always instantly available, but we didn't have any serious delays. They speak enough English to get by, and will speak French if you want. All that -- even the annoyingly yappy little dog -- is great for creating an authentic feeling. Now for the negatives: 1) What annoyed me most was the lack of wifi. We travel ultralight. and part of that program is to be unencumbered by books and maps, using the smartphone at the start and end of the day for research and loading in maps. I found it an incredibly aggravating waste of time to be cut off entirely at night and then have to endure Starbucks (nearest & best signal we could find) in the morning. How much do you pay for every waking hour in Paris? I figure something like $20-40. (No kidding. Do the math.) So in this sense, I figure the lack of wifi cost me at least $50 a day, but I admit the location saved us a similar amount. I spoke to them about it and they were adamant: if they had wifi, students would get the password and hang out in the stairway. End of story. You and I know there are technical fixes for this, but it didn't seem worth trying to convey this to them. Maybe you can do it. The place fills up pretty well as it is. 2) My gal was most aggravated by the lack of cleanliness -- not bad on the bachelor-pad scale (hey, I'm a guy!), but she was distinctly not amused. We didn't end up with crabs or anything, and we've definitely stayed in dirtier places. 3) Minor annoyance: One room faced the street -- great In the day but when the bars let out on Saturday night it was noisy for a few hours (nothing truly alarming, just hormones + alcohol), quieting down around three a.m. Sunday night no problem. The other room faced the back: quiet, but lousy view. If there's a next time, I'd take the view and tolerate the noise. I will probably try a different cheap hotel next time I'm in Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The rooms are very large and have high ceilings supported by the original exposed beams . The decor is minimal and simple but the fournitures are antique. All rooms have bathroom (shower - toilet) ,there is no TV but it's not essential. The prices are very attractive for a location in the latin quarter . It's the hotel of your old Paris Dreams (let' go) ... more less
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