we took the "special internet offer" and stayed there for four nights in june 2009. we were originally trying to get into hotel Tiquetonne but it was fully booked, luckily this one turned out to be not a bad option at all.
it is, dare I say, a typical Parisian one-star hotel with an entrance almost hidden, the narrowest of all corridors and staircases, shared loos and non-complimentary showers. comparing it to a "motel" or a "hostel" does not do justice to its charming and timeless qualities. think of movies by Jim Jarmusch or Aki Kaurismäki, that sort of thing.
it is located on what used to be a seedy red-light street. the street is nowadays quite ordinary, pedestrian-only with sex shops scattered here and there. not too many prostitutes around, the one I saw seemed to have given up the pursuit of attracting customers, concentrating on drinking beer instead. however on our arrival day there was very family-friendly flea market taking place throughout the street.
the location is very lively, couple of blocks away is the Montorgueil district with nice boutiques, cafes, bakeries and deli stores. monop' supermarket is approximately 1,5 blocks away and a fruit store around the corner, a cheap oriental eatery two blocks away. the cafes around les halles are not far either.
getting there from CDG airport was a breeze, a 5min walk from the Les Halles RER station, 2nd stop of the train coming from the airport. there were plenty of open wifi networks, of which some required passwords (Fon, wifi.free.fr, etc..) and others which didn't.
in response to a couple of the earlier reviews: true, there was a scarcity of toilet paper some times, the shower pressure was not as good as at home and soundproofing could be better. i did wear earplugs at night, mainly because of the hordes of drunken english-speaking tourists walking from one bar to another. true, it looks pretty run-down here and there, but equally true is that the cleaners do their jobs meticulously (the one star isn't there for nothing i suppose). the room is pretty small and their 'double' bed was pretty narrow, i'd guess 120cm. i assume these are features defining the experience of staying at a one-star hotel in paris. if unlimited TP and showering like home are your priorities, perhaps you would be happier elsewhere than at this hotel.
giving the scores for this one is hard - it does not really compare to most hotels.
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