My boyfriend and I stayed at Paris-Oasis in the Iris Room for 5 nights in July 2014. I was very sad to leave I must say!
From the moment we arrived we were greeted with friendly faces (and a lovely bottle of wine), Helene and Jean-Louis are both absolutely lovely and go out of their way to help you with any queries. We were, upon arrival, given maps (which were previously emailed to us with thorough instuctions regarding the hotel location by cab - written in French, too, so you could just show it to a taxi driver (which we did), metro or walking) and we had no trouble finding our way.
As we arrived during rainy weather and didn't have umbrellas, Helene immediately gave us (without even asking) an umbrella and also a neck pouch for credit cards etc. if we wanted to use it whilst out and about.
The building is on a quiet street and is very secure - to get to the house you have to go through two coded doors and a locked door - which we loved, and is right at the base of Sacre-Cour. There were plenty of cafe's, restaurants and bars within minutes of walking in any direction (there was one specifically at the base of Sacre-Cour, it's worth eating there almost for the view alone!) however Helene and Jean-Louis also provide a list of personally tried and tested restaurants in case you need more options.
There was a bakery about 20m from the hotel, a laundromat and a supermarket just around the corner. Whilst I mention a laundromat, we had no need to use it - Helene was wonderful and did three loads of laundry for us over the course of our stay (we had been travelling for 4 weeks before our arrival) at no charge - it appeared on our bed sealed and folded. Perfect!
The room was somewhat small however perfect for our needs. There was a fridge stocked with Coke, Milk, Water etc. which were complimentary (and we were also provided with more water during our stay) as well as tea and coffee (a coffee machine was in the room), wine glasses, cutlery, plates, microwave etc. - very well organised!! The bathroom was immaculate and equipped with a hairdryer, make up wipes, body wash and shampoo, soaps, shoe polish, cotton buds etc. - so handy!!
We had a couple of things we needed printed as we missed them before leaving home and Helene was happy to help us and print them as soon as we forwarded tickets to her by email. One of which was our tickets to the Moulin Rouge. Not only were our tickets printed, but we were also surprised with a lovely bottle of Champagne and a sweet handwritten note to enjoy before we attended the show. The personal touches truly make the stay here that much more perfect.
The courtyard outside the room is absolutely lovely and perfect for enjoying an afternoon drink or relaxing breakfast outside. The neighbour's very friendly cat makes herself quite comfortable in Helene and Jean-Louis' living area, however we paid her a bit of attention in passing each day and she decided she enjoyed joining my boyfriend and I out in the garden area (we are cat lovers ourselves) which was very cute.
If I had to pick any faults it would only be that there was no fan in the room and it was quite warm at night, we couldn't leave the windows open as we kept getting little bugs in. But truly, this alone should not in any way make you pass up on staying at this wonderful little gem.
There are two metro stations very close to the hotel (Anvers and Barbes-Rochechouart, we used the latter) and Gare du Nord was only two stops from Barbes. Very easy to get to/from the station.
Merci boucoup Helene and Jean-Louis! You made our stay in Paris so much more than we anticipated. We hope to return in the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each unit is equipped with en suite shower room, toilet and kitchenette (no breakfast service). You can spare money by cooking your meals!This attractive and non-smoking city house is only a step away from Sacre-Coeur Basilica on the quiet, safe and quaint Rue Andre del Sarte.The other main places of interest are within a short busses and metros distance.A guarded toll parking garage is located at 50 meters from the house.The owners are living in the property and will be pleased to assist you if you require. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paris-Oasis Hotel Paris