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September 18, 2007
New York, New York
May 29, 2004
The positive points about the hotel: It is beautifully situated right at the center of Paris in a very picturesque and interesting area. Many major tourist attractions are right nearby (The Louvre, Les Halles, the Palais Royale) or within walking distance. The closest metro stop is Louvre Rivoli and Chatelet is close enough that someone not burdened with a lot of luggage could take the RER B line from de Gaulle and then walk a few blocks. I used an airport shuttle instead.
The staff is genuinely friendly, helpful and conversant in English. Although I was coming in several hours before check-in (2 pm) they had a room ready for me so I could sleep off some jet lag. Without question, they helped to make a more pleasant stay.
The negatives: The hotel is very basic. The rooms are small with no real décor to speak of and mine was in a rather unappetizing shade of mustard. There was also construction noise during the daytime - they were renovating a building next door as of 10/03 and it looked like a long project. The room had one double bed, simple cheap furnishing, a shower and tub, and is clean, but not spotless and the carpeting is worn in places. Telephone charges are very reasonable (about .30 Euros for a 1 minute local call - which they didn't even charge me for at checkout) There are other small amenities, hair dryer, minibar, tea & coffee maker, and it does have a small, rickety lift just large enough for a single person and a large suitcase. I found the room comfortable for a single person (I am used to tourist class hotels in Paris) but it is best to realize that in France and on Priceline a three star rating has much wider quality range than one might think, and this is at the low end of three stars.
I would consider this hotel suitable for brief stays (I was only there for two nights) or for people who will barely ever be in their room. I did not look at other rooms, but I would not consider this room to be large enough for two people comfortably. The bid price is a fair price for the hotel, given regular rates in Paris, but it isn’t much of a bargain. Fully cancelable rates in other economy hotels can be found for a bit more (I found this out later, of course) and you have some control and choice. If your accommodations form a real part of the pleasure or inspiration of your vacation, consider a better hotel.
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