I stayed here in early May 2011 for just one night. All in all, average hostel. Apparently, this hostel location is brand new, although it looks like it had been operating in that location for a long time.
- Near the center of the city, most places are within walking distance.
- Location is very safe. French Embassy is right across the street. The security guards are literally standing on the sidewalk in front of the hostel.
- Friendly, helpful staff. But you have to approach them and be persistent; they do know the city well and can recommend day trips, clubs, museums, how to deal with the street dogs, and more.
- Quiet. Could have just been the lull in guests on the Monday night I was there, but no one was making a ruckus, and there was not much traffic on the street.
- Lockers for your bags, which is big enough to hold more than the carry-on limits the airlines impose.
- Using the bathroom shower requires traversing the lobby area from the room I was in (the one immediately to the left upon entering lobby). This can be awkward in the middle of the night if you are in your sleep gear and stumbling eyes-half-closed past your fellow guests that are still awake. Also, showers are "euro-style" in that you must hold the shower head in your hand, and the water pressure is low. Americans are not used to that. Where do you put that shower head when lathering up, anyway?? Great view from the throne of the adjacent buildings, if the windows are open.
- No bar in the hostel. You can bring back food and beverages from the "non-stop" store about three minute walk away. Having a bar on site would up the social interaction factor of the place.
- Guests that were there at the time I arrived were not as outgoing as I have been used to at other hostels I have stayed, but this could be just that it was a Sunday night.
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