So i just went last weekend, we were 3 friends so we took the triple room.
The room is great, i mean small of course but enough space for the 3 of us, on top of that who goes to paris to spend the day in the room right? Even the W.C. wich is like plastic and the shower with neon lights on , we loved them!
So the room is nice bt what i liked the best was the location. 5 minutes away from the hotel you got the Sante Mande station wich is part of the metro line numbre one, so its the main one and that one takes you everywhere, but even if you need to change lines its reeaallly easy. We traveled all around paris since we only had 3 days to get to know it i can say according to the price, for three of us , this hotel was the best choice.
We also took the breakfast included, wich consists in bread and cereal, but well its easy cause you save looking for a place to eat in the mornings.
However at night we would buy things to eat and drink, so theres a boulangerie 3 minutes away and they do good sandwiches, if not to the other side but also 4 minutes away you got a little mall with mc donalds, subway, and a carrefour wich its really hellpfull if you want to get stuf to drink, i advise you to do a little apero before going out, i mean if you want to go to any bar or something, since everything is really expensive in paris. We would buy at Carrefour bottles of wine like 2 euros each one and like that when you go out at night you spend less money at the bar or nite club or whatever you want.
So before getting there i planned everything trought internet, i also saw the way to get form the airport, CDG Charles de gaulle, till the hotel; it seemed really esay since there is a metro station at the airport, what the never said, even in the official metro site, its that that station is closed sonce june and it will be still closed until december 2O11.
So just be careful about that, if you get to the CDG airoport, and you have lots os luggage, like we did, its way easier to take a taxi or at least one of the buses that takes you to central paris and then you change to the metro, but however with big suitcases i dont recommend it, lots of stairs and walklines.
So coming out of the metro line numbre one Saint mande, direction Chateau de Vincennes you just get out at your right youll see the boulangerie i mentiones before, and a cellphone store so you just walk straight in the same direction you came out of the metro and in the first conrner to your right all till the end, youll see an indian restaurant and then immediately the etap hotel.
Dont follow the picture thats here cause thats not it. Its a grey wall with a blue flag that says etap hotel.
Everything was fine i just have one complain and its about the housekeeping ladies, last evening we were really tires so we took a nap the evening and we hanged the 'do not disturb' sign on the door, and even so the lady came and opne the door, woke us up, we told her we didnt wanted anything and still she came twice more opening the door and screaming if we wanted towels or something. Eventhough we had explained her already, 3 times, in french, that we wanted to sleep.
For the transport back to the hotel, we asked in the reception if he could call a cab but he said he couldnt, but thats not big trouble cause just next to the metro station theres taxis, so we just talk with one of them and the morning after he came pick us up.
We payed for the taxi back to the CDG airport 45 euros plus one euro per suitcase.
So if you are going to paris on a low budgget, either with friends or in couple, this is the prefect choise.
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