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A Room in Paris
Ranked #16 of 136 Paris B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 8, 2011

Peet and Thierry are your hosts and they are very nice and helpful. A breakfast of croissants, bread, yogurt, and perhaps a pastry is served every morning between 8-930a.

The location is ok since it's close to gare du nord but it's a metro ride to the city center. Also, since you are staying in a home, you are limited to your room and cannot use the kitchen etc.

The floors are squeaky, but that's just part of the experience!

Overall, this place is clean and very quiet (besides the floors).

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

An intimate spot close to train, metro and buses. Peet made everything easier for us. Wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We had been traveling in France for two weeks. We had started out in Paris and wanted to finish our trip in Paris. We had stayed somewhere else in the beginning of our trip. When we got to this B&B, we thought this neighborhood was not good at all. It felt dangerous to us, and my husband has been in law enforcement for many years. We were originally shown to a room with no bathroom even though we had booked a room with a bathroom. The owner was not there, and the person who showed us to our room went and got someone else's things out of their room, put their things in the first room he had shown us (at no time did he lock the door to the room after putting the other person's things in it) and put us in the other person's room instead. He said the person had not slept in it or used anything, but it was impossible to be sure. The second room was not overly clean, lots of stains on the rug. We were told breakfast was at 8am during the week, 9am on weekends, not the most convenient times for travelers who want an early start. We were so uncomfortable that we left without staying. We ended up in a hotel in a much nicer part of Paris, a great hotel with all the amenities, for only 15 more euros a night. Everyone is different, this may be to your liking, but we have stayed in several B&Bs in Europe and in America and we were not comfortable with the neighborhood or this B&B.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

I wished I found this place the last time I stayed in Paris! Peet, the owner, was hospitable, generous and very helpful. The room itself was spacious and very very very clean (!). And the location was just minutes away from Gare du Nord, which has lots of Metro lines. Every morning there was always a croissant, something yummy that Peet had made/cooked/baked, an assortment of youghurts, meats and cheese, and cold cereals.
A gem in the city!!

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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

We just finished a 6 night stay with Peet.

First off----this is *not* a HOTEL! If you are looking for a Hotel with a pool, fitness center and extra daily charges----then, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a "room-in-Paris" that is larger than most Parisian hotel rooms, for half the price - then look no further.

Pete is an outstanding host that will meet/exceed your expectations. We had Room #4 (see pictures) which was very large, and had its own bathroom. There was a small microwave and refrigerator as well. Room was very well kept, clean and the bed was very comfortable. We wore ourselves out, each day (out around 9 am after breakfast and did not return until after POM each night), so, a comfortable bed was a must. There is NO TV and NO PHONE----but, we did not need either. We didn't come to Paris to watch TV or call anyone.

LOCATION: Location is perfect. Even though it is not in the heart of Paris (it is on the North side of town), it is still so convenient to everything, and it gives you a taste of living in Paris. Train station is walking distance (see arrival info next paragraph). Poissoniere Metro Stop is the closest station (not the Gare du Nord Metro)......the Poissoniere Station Line #7 goes to more attractions than the Gare Du nord Metro train. There are numerous places to eat near the residence (Cafes, McDonalds, Dominoes, Subway, Bistros, etc). You would think "I'll never eat at McDonalds in Paris!" Yes you will.....after a couple of EUR$50 euro lunches, McDonalds and Subway will start to look very appetizing. ATM is across the street from Peet's residence (it worked well the entire visit).

METRO PASSES/MUSEUM PASSES: I do not want to get off the topic of the residence, however I must say that there is a Paris Tourist Office (the official one) at the Gare du Nord station. BUY your Metro passes and Museum passes at the tourist office.....it will save you so much money and hassle of waiting in ques (lines) to enter the Metros or to purchase a Metro ticket (you just walk right by everyone else and go straight in.

ARRIVAL via CDG Airport: If you are visiting Paris, from the States or elsewhere in Europe---and are scheduled to arrive at CDG, do *NOT* pay for a shuttle, or cab, or Roissy Bus----take the RER "B" train from CDG to Gare du Nord Station, and you will be literally 3min from the front door of the home. We encountered no difficulty with the train, nor our luggage (wife and I both had one large wheeled suitcase each). The cost for both of us was EUR$18/each---each way. A cab will cost you at least EUR$60/each way---and will take much longer (esp with traffic). It is SAFE, quick and inexpensive---and reliable (there are trains about once every 12min). If you decide to take a cab to the residence, be aware that traffic in the area is horrible from 4pm to 8pm, and it will take a while.

STREET NOISE: It's Paris.....It's noisy. The first night was funny, because of all the noise. But, honestly, we walked so much on Day 2 thru 6, that by the time we went to bed----the noise was NOT an issue, as we passed out. But, be aware.....it is an Apartment complex with a beautiful huge courtyard, and other families live there and come and go. Cannot speak on behalf of the other rooms, but Room #4 faces the courtyard (not the street). Huge French balcony type windows that keep the noise out as well (but, we liked the windows open). Be aware that anywhere you stay in Paris will have street noise----again, it's Paris. The only exception might be the EUR$700/night super-hotels that have soundproofed rooms.....but, I bet those hotels still have significant noise.

BREAKFAST: Breakfast was perfect----every day. This is not an American Hotel breakfast----so, no eggs to order. This ain't the Marriott. Peet does a great job on breakfast, and that is the one time a day when you can meet the others staying at the residence. It is a fun type to meet people from all over the world.

INTERNET: Peet provides free internet. It is European speed (again, not 6mps American internet). It is sufficient for surfing the net and basic internet business (not for streaming or ITunes).

LOCAL MARKET: Two local markets for soda and snacks (Monop and one other one). We bought micro-wave snacks and sodas. American soda prices in Paris are OUTRAGEOUS (can of Pepsi at Eiffel Tower is EUR$7! Elsewhere, averages EUR$2 to EUR$3 for one Coke/Pepsi---no such thing as free refills in Paris).....so, get sodas at the market for the refrigerator. Remember, no snack/vending machines at the apartment----so, the refrigerator was definitely a bonus.

BED and BATH: Bed was very comfortable. Bath (toilet) is in a separate room from the shower.....it is small (but, everything is small in Paris). The shower is new and very nice.

SUMMARY: In conclusion, we have found our "Room-in-Paris" for all of our future trips to Paris. It's like having our own apartment in Paris while we visit. I cannot recommend this property high enough; wife and I both can find nothing negative about our 6 day stay. Forget the Hotel expenses, forget the Hotel extras you will never use (but will pay for)....forget all that and just get a "Room-in-Paris" and save your money for shopping and entertainment.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2011

I stayed there for 4 nights starting the 4th of June. I arrived and Peet was not there but there was a friend that was expecting us. At first when we got off at the train station the area didn't look too good but we had not problems and it was a very convient location, not only for the metro but from coming into the train station from London and going to the airport. The room was small and the first night we stayed it was very hot and there was no fan. We were shown 1 bathroom across the hall from our room that we were suppose to use, but after a few days were told there was another one we could use except at night. Also upon arrival it was my understanding that we could use the common room (the room where breakfast was served) but that wasn't true the only time you can use the dinning room is in the morning at breakfast time otherwise I was told it was "private" since Peet lived there. There is no access to tea or coffee after breakfast and they don't even want you in the kitchen to help yourself to coffee or tea. I felt as though I was invading someones home and usually when I stay at a B&B I am welcome to use the common areas and usually there is coffee and tea available for me to help myself to any time and sometimes light snacks or bottled water during the day, but not here. Anyway breakfast was great every morning and they were very accommodating about the breakfast time. I also ended up having a friend come alone and I e mailed them a week ahead of time and ask if the room could accomodate 1 other person with a seperate bed and when I got there it was 1 bed.
Overall I'd stay there again and recommend it to others but I would give them the heads up on the living situation with the owner and that there really isn't a common area available to guest.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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aroominparis, Propriétaire at A Room in Paris, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2012

Hallo,

In Paris a square meter is really very expensive and apart from the guestrooms and the hall there are no communal areas. Our private livingroom we take back after breakfast. Having 365 days a year guests in your home, you need to protect your privacy. A part from that nearly all guests are out for the day and come home late at night with just 1 wish, to rest....The kitchen is an area where we do all our washings, and prepare breakfast. If we allow guests to use the kitchen we can not guarantee the hygiene. However it is always possible to ask us for a coffee or a tea, we're happy to provide you with.

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Reviewed June 9, 2011

We cycled from Belgium to Paris in 4 days and stayed in 'a room in Paris' for 3 nights. We could use the basement to store our 2 bikes without any problem.
We were staying in the biggest room, very nice decorated.
Breakfast was ok !
Peet was very helpfull and gave us all information we needed.
Conclusion : "We enjoyed our stay !"

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 130 rue la Fayette, 75010 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Chateau d'Eau / Gare du Nord , Entrepôt
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 136 B&Bs / Inns in Paris
Price Range: $109 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right in the city centre of Paris 5 beautiful rooms, in an apartment Haussmann style, with beautyful chimneys, wooden floors and decorated ceilings. Next to de gare du Nord, with all means of transport. Simply the best way to be in Paris! ... more   less 
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