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“timeless charming one-star hotel”
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De La Vallee Hotel
Ranked #1,677 of 1,802 Hotels in Paris
Reviewed June 18, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2009

This is basically a hostel. We stayed in a very small double, about 100 square foot room with a bidet and sink. Bathrooms were a closet in the middle of the flight of stairs, and paid 2.50 euro to shower. The towels are tiny and the furnishings are as basic as it gets. I would only recommend this to a backpacker and not a professional. We should have upped our budget. We've stayed in motels nicer than this in the US for this price but the euro rate is killing our budget. The only plus is that the street is centrally located. At nite, the prostittues hang out on this street about 10 blocks north of us on St. Denis Avenue.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 2, 2009

We booked this hotel from the travel agent at the CDG airport when the lady advise this hotel on my criteria of central and cosy hotel. The nice cab driver took us to the doorstep of the hotel and after droping our luggage drove away with a a real sorry look on his face. The mystery was solved in a few minutes when I look around and found the hotel is located in the shady part of the central district. I noticed narrow and dirty stairway leading to the first floor and was greeted by the rudest man i have ever met at the reception. He delebrately made us wait for 3 hours before giving us a room right next to the reception even after we had confirmed our early arrival from the airport. Come evening we saw the area turn out at its shady best with "parlours for needy men" lighting up their neons and it was so scary that we didnt get out of the room all evening. Next morning I negotiated a refund for the remaining 3 nights (I had booked for 4 nights) and left the hotel. Tthe hotel may be a real bargain for single travelers looking for a no frils stay. For the start of my 30 day honeymoon this was a blessing in disguise. Since it started in the worst possible manner it just got better as the days went by.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2009

Well, I guess you get what you pay for. The hotel really is more like a cheap motel. As a couple of people have mentioned, the smug attitude of the concierge/manager don't help.

After we'd tackled the two stories of narrow stairs, and got the key to our room, we discovered that a "room with private bathroom" actually meant a room with a sink and bidet.

I very politely tried to explain this to the manager who's fluent English rapidly deteriorated and all I got back was that the private bathrooms are and extra 30 euro per night and eventually that none were available :/

The rooms themselves are clean, but have a funky smell if you don't air them out regularly. They are about the same size as an average bathroom in Australia.

The sheets are changed when you're out, but you may still find some stray hairs in the clean sheets.

When arriving the cab driver gave us this sympathetic look. The hotel is a tiny doorway next to a construction/renovation site. Got a reminder of the renovations early the next morning.

All in all, the area is incredibly convenient, but you really need to look at this hotel as a place to sleep. If you spend too much time in your room, it gets depressing fast, so get out pronto and see the sights.

If you're backpacking and looking for a place to crash...ideal.
If you're a romantic looking for the lot, spent the extra 30 euro per night and stay somewhere else! You'll wake up feeling less stressed and lots better for it.

(n.b. the pasta place just to the left of the entrance is awesome...5euro spag bol and ravioli. Trust me, you'll be glad of it after a few days of crossaints and chocolat crepes)

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2008

I would recommend this hotel for short stays in Paris or for people who require very basic accommodations. The room was clean, the staff was accommodating, and the location was incredible.

Granted, the room is small and the surrounding location might be off-putting to some but if you're spending that much time in your hotel in Paris, something is wrong. It is located in a red light district but is also very close to the Marais, which has amazing restaurants and nightlife.

I was travelling alone, am female and I felt very safe. Upon initial arrival, I walked right past the place, as the only signage was an awning tucked in beside a food stand, so it is easy to miss.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 27, 2008

I stayed here for three nights in the beginning of June 08. I found the rooms very good (there were 2 of us in different rooms), clean and comfortable, apparently newly decorated (clean blue carpets). The staff was helpful and friendly - spoke English and German. The area was safe and well policed, apparently having been 'cleaned up' since I lived in Paris in the mid 1970s.
Very good value for money.

Bernhard.

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed July 20, 2008

The cleaning-lady is very nice and does what she can in the very badly maintained building, but she is not allowed to change your bed linen and can only give you one little towel every day.

You have to share WC with 6-8 rooms, and there is no toilet paper, because as they say in the reception, “people eat it, we don’t understand it, we put in a new roll every morning, but it will be stolen” the porter said as I went to the reception to ask for toiletpaper. I asked what I should do and he said: “You can have this one, but bring it to your room, other vice it will be stolen as well”. Then you have learned the rouls, and you have toilet paper for a few days, but you know that you will run out, so when you see a roll at the toilet you just take it, you don’t know when you get the chance again. So we all walk around with our “own” roll, using the same amount of paper, but are very annoyed about the system and the not so friendly receptionist, because you often have to have the argue with him in underwear and in “have to go”-mood, while there are customers checking in or out. But as I thought: “If that’s the kind of hotel they want to have, they will get it, they make the rules themselves.”

If you have a mobile-charger, a camera-battery-charger, a hair dryer, a shaver, a laptop or something else that needs power, your next problem starts here. There is only one 230V-outlet right under the ceiling, for the TV. You can of course unplug it, but the outlet is to far away anyway, that you need an extension cord or splitter. Do not bother to ask in the reception they have never heard about that problem and is unfortunately not able to help.

Then there are the showers, there are 2 for the hotel. You have to collect the key in the reception, and bring it back after use, you choose your dress code :-) If you stay in a double room you have to pay double, because, as he said, he can not check that you not both have taken a shower.....

If you want fresh air during the night you will not be able to sleep because of the noise from the street. If you close the window you will not be able to sleep because the room is very warm.

I will never stay there again.
And before you do - consider saving the €54/night, sleep in the street and have a happy holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 84 rue Saint Denis | 1st Arr., 75001 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Les Halles
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Ranked #1,677 of 1,802 Hotels in Paris
Price Range: $142 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — De La Vallee Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 32
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