Don't mind the sex shops, peep shows and the like lining this section of St. Denis, nor the fact that you'll be glittered into disinterest/ looking askance, or the fact that during my four night stay the hotel had "visitors" in other rooms. What you'll find galling are the rates, which despite giving you some private space isn't much even is you're 5' 4" and 52kg.
I was shunted from the sixth floor after two days into a different room on the fourth, and could only move in after 16:00 that day. After I'd been on my feet for most of the early morning - running the marathon - I didn't particularly enjoy having to visit the Musee du quai Branly, abnormally stretching my visit to several hours, and with an excruciatingly sore right hip.
Once I got back the woman at the evening reception berated me for leaving my one small and one medium bag in the room, even though when I checked in I spoke to the morning guy about my arrangements for the Sunday and he himself had suggested this since they only open up at 9 AM. I wasn't in the mood and incredibly found myself apologizing to this rude woman. Obviously they don't take their roles seriously; plus where others might use spread sheets to store bookings, these people fiddle around with placards.
She might now have an inkling of what carrying two not-so-heavy bags six floors up is like when she becomes hysterical with taking them down two floors. The stairwell is narrow and the steps themselves slope precariously - a bit like the eroded steps up to Sacre Coeur's dome, but even more so.
One final note, my final two nights began with me having to give the room a good airing, flinging the window wide open to deal with the stench of toxic cigarette smoke the previous occupant had been spewing. Plus there are limited bathing facilities. I'd recommend this dilapidated shambles if I detested you. Not a place for couples, singles, the disabled, the aged, children, or anyone with a marathon to look forward to. Hasta la vista !
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld, Priceline and TripOnline SA so you can book your Appi Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Appi Hotel Paris