The rooms have no adequate natural light - cramped and muggy rooms. It looked like the bedsheets were not washed. The bath towels were given only after we asked for them & it did not look like they were very clean either. Also, the toilets were not well-maintained and there were no soaps in the toilet.
It is not exactly a hotel, it is a very old apartment building which is in a bad shape and it is converted into hotel without considering the extra needs that a hotel requires. The guest rooms are spread on 4 floors (no elevator). If you are lucky, you will get one of the 2 rooms on the ground floor. You dont want to climb the narrow, old, spiral, uncomfortable stairs with your luggage to reach your room. The dark staircase reminded me of old horror films from the 60s.
We booked this hotel because of its accesibility to the Gare du Nord station and because of its cheap rates. You want to consider staying here only if you barely want to spend a few hours or a day. Breakfast was 5 euros per person which only includes a small cup of yogurt, coffee, french-bread, and packaged orange juice, not a full continental breakfast. There are hardly any other breakfast places around, so take what you get.
If you want to make your stay in Paris memorable, please do yourself a favor and avoid booking here.
Does anyone have any knowledge of Hotel Sofia 21 rue de Sofia,
75018 Paris? This is a one star hotel which has received lavish compliments from the media. I am a bit suspicious so hope someone can advise the "real" story on this hotel. It is near to the Butte Montmartre. I would appreciate any feed back.
I alwasy check hotels out on tripadvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187147-d613383-Reviews-Hotel_Sofia-Paris_Ile_de_France.html) or venere.com. Obviously you are not going to get much for the price and I prefer to stay closer in. It is right next to (if not part of) the Pigalle "red light" district. Fine during the day, but at night it is kind of sleazy. Just North of where you are staying I noted more guys sitting about apparently without work than other areas of Paris. For 35 euro more a night, you can get a room for two at the Hotel Louvre Forum, with an excellent staff. Still small rooms, but only a couple of blocks from the Louvre. Karl
Carl's advice to use Tripadvisor is excellent. We always check their reviews. Unless you don't plan to visit all the major tourist sites, you might want to consider his advice to move closer in to the center of town. There are quite a few budget hotels right in the center of Paris.
Type Paris budget hotels into the VT Search Window above and scroll the next window down to Keyword Search to see what you find.
We usually stay at the Hotel de la Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter and it costs a bit more but not a lot more and is within walking distance of many things most people want to see in Paris, i.e. Notre Dame, the Louvre, the d'Orsay, Luxembourg and Tuileries Gardens, Ste. Chapelle, etc.
You can check it at http://www.hotelsorbonne.com/
or at http://www.france.com/hotels/hotel.cfm?hotel_id=495
The latter web site has an excellent Paris hotel search feature with photos and very honest reviews. We usually book through them and they are reliable.
Also, type Guyon into the VT Search Window above and visit VT member Guyon's Paris Travel Page. He has many excellent hotel Tips and many are very reasonable in price.
Have a good trip.
Home thanks Karl & beausoleil great help. Seems as if no one still living has stayed at the Sofia ((:
Hi Beausoleil gives good advice, we took her advice when we visited Paris last May and found the Sorbonne hotel ideal, walking distance to many attractions and the river, also there is a RER station less than 5 minutes from the hotel, you could catch the train from the airport, we took a taxi and got caught up in the traffic jam.
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Address: 21 rue Sofia, Paris, 75018, France