During our honeymoon in Provence, we stayed at eight hotels during our trip and this was easily the worst! We were offered a 1-person room for 63 euro the first night (an unbeatable deal, we thought, until we saw the room) and a 2-person room for 123 euros for the second night (really high for a budget hotel and easy to find a competitive three-star for that price or slightly lower).
The hotel clearly made an effort to appear quaint and charming--they operate a bar next door which is quite pretty and the on-duty clerk kept trying to make conversation with guests. Also the hotel is in a fairly central (though overly residential) area. However, walking up the winding staircase to our fourth floor room (there was a claustrophobia-inducing elevator but it was too small for luggage or more than one person) reminded us of low-income housing in the U.S.: everything smelled vaguely of urine, and you could hear what was going on (yelling, etc). behind every door.
The room itself (tiny, cramped, only a curtain separating toilet and shower from bedroom) had a dirty towel lying on the floor when we arrived, a flithy floor and walls, and visible dirt on the mirror. When we complained to the smiling hotel clerk, he immediately suggested we leave and find a different hotel, then picked up the dirty towel and told us he couldn't account for it (after trying to imply we put it there) and said he would replace it--he never did.
We decided with his permission, to stay the first night and decide about the second During the night, we could hear people in the other rooms, slept uncomfortably on a terrible bed and were awakened by loud noises early in the morning,. We decided to find a new hotel. In the morning, the smiling clerk was quite brusque and unpleasant (but still smiling) when we politely told him we were leaving. When, at 10:40am, we asked the checkout time, the hotel said, "for you, 10:30," which we found to be yet another instance of their rudeness and unprofessionalism. We easily found a better hotel for the following night.
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