Hotel Baby

1 Rue Chenier, 02 Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75002, France
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What kind of a name is that?

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 26, 2014

Since I had never stayed in the second district (2e arrondissement) before, I entered that as a filter in booking.com along with my price range and dates, and this was one of the hotels that came up.

The reviews were mixed but generally positive, the price of 65 Euros for a single room was reasonable and the hotel fulfilled my other criteria (en-suite facilities, non-smoking, WiFi), so I booked it and went to see what it was like.

I was somewhat irritated by the name.

(If you had a hotel, would you name it Hotel Baby? Of course you wouldn’t.)

One reviewer had said the hotel was in a “red light district”, but that turned out to be an exaggeration. There was exactly one street prostitute near the hotel, but she was quiet and never bothered anyone. She was always out on the street every time I came in or went out or looked out the window, at whatever time of day or night. She did not seem to be doing a very thriving business.

The hotel itself was simple but perfectly adequate. It had one of those typical tiny Parisian hotel elevators that only went down to the first floor (not the ground floor) and just barely had room for me and my suitcase.

Breakfast was included in the room price and was surprisingly good, not just a skimpy French breakfast of bread and jam.

The people who worked at the hotel were very friendly. The guests were a mixture of backpackers and pleasant family groups speaking unidentifiable languages.

Second photo: The entrance to the hotel is a sliding glass door which only opens when the reception clerk pushes a button. Reception is located directly behind the entrance door. One of the night receptionists was from Iraq, and when he was on duty he always had one of the French news channels running on the television. When I came in at night we talked about the dreadful news from his country that was constantly being shown on the screen.

Third photo: One reason I chose this hotel was its address. It is on a small street called Rue Chénier, named after the poet André Chénier (1762–1794), who was guillotined during the French Revolution near the end of the Reign of Terror. I haven’t read any of his poems (yet), but I feel that I know him because of Umberto Giordano's opera Andrea Chénier (Andrea being the Italian form of André).

Fourth photo: Bicycle markings on the street below my window.

Fifth photo: From my window I could see these two substantial looking Parisian stone buildings with wrought-iron grills – in addition to some ramshackle plastered buildings that seemed ripe for demolition.

Address: 1 Rue Chenier, 75002 Paris
Directions: Location on the Vélib’ map
Métro Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, lines 4, 8 and 9.
Phone: +33 1 42 33 92 32
Website: http://www.hotelbaby-paris.com/english/

Next 2nd district review from September 2014: Porte Saint Denis

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Address: 1 Rue Chenier, 02 Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75002, France

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