Cinnaminson, New Jersey
October 26, 2003
This is one of the typical Paris dumps that has the audacity to call itself a two-star hotel. To get here by car, turn from Rue de Rivoli on Rue Bertin Poiree. There is one double bed in the room (each room faces metro Chatelet and a very noisy Rue de Rivoli). Triple costs 80 euros, plus 0.65 euros/person/night tax, and I was told that the third bed is free. The third bed turned out to be a regular folding chair that is too small for an adult to sleep on. At first, the folding chair in the room was so dirty that I had to complain, and after repeated complaints, the maid came in, apologized, and gave us a different folding chair and a small mattress to put on it. There is a small wardrobe from which hangers fall out and don’t want to hold in place, a small table with a chair, and a small bathroom with toilet, sink, and bathtub. Obviously, no air conditioning, and it was very hot at night, so we had to sleep with open windows. And it is very difficult to fall asleep with constant traffic noise from the window. The hotel has an elevator which can hold two people at a time and no large luggage. The staircase is narrower and more spiral than in most of the old chateaux. There is a grocery store literally next door, and the entrance to it is around the corner. They also offer a breakfast at 6 euros/person. The streets surrounding the hotel are full of drunks. The receptionists are extremely rude and don’t want to do anything. The hotel is not recommended, even though it's at a good location in the city center.
From journal Paris in September - Part I