This 1 star hotel was recommended to me by a friend when I was about to become homeless in my 2nd week living in Paris. It is in the 2nd arrondissement so right in the heart of Paris within walking distance of Chatelet with its trendy bars and underground shopping complex.
Unique Quality: It's jus so central you wouldn't believe and for a single room at 40 EUR a night with a ensuite shower it isn't half bad. The decor is spectacular but you get a great night's sleep as I found it to be very quiet and clean. At the time I went there a double room was 50 EUR a night and you will see that it's quite good deal because you will be able to walk everywhere from the hotel.
The hotel is owned by a family, the guy in charge is very friendly and although he doesn't speak much English you should be able to communicate a bit with some basic French and cleverly structured sign language as my Australian friend discovered when I advised her to stay there for 2 nights.
Directions: Come out of metro Etienne Marcel (line 4) cross the road towards the English pub, Frog and something, on your left will be the beginning rue Tiquetonne and just walk down a few metres it is on your right.
Great prices, but hotel is pretty low scale. The service was okay, but not quite as friendly/helpful as we would have liked. The room was small & essentially clean, although there were some areas of the room that hadn't been dusted in years. The walls are thin, and there's a good amount of partying going on in the street out front, so it can get noisy at night. The price was great though (40euro/night for a double room with toilet & shower).
The location is okay...right next to the st. Etienne metro stop & within walking distance to the Louvre, but the area's a little sketchy at night when the creepy people emerge. I never felt unsafe, though.
Unique Quality: easy to get there from metro stop, which is good if you're lugging a ton of luggage with you. Unimpressive, otherwise.
Directions: Get to the st. Etienne metro stop. It's only about a block walk from there. Check the map posted right at the metro exit.
After reading nothing but horrible reviews of the hostels in Paris, we decided to book a * hotel where at least we'd enjoy our own bathroom for $23/night.
The room was alright, but again it had its own bathroom (which is huge for a one-star). The staircase was daunting, so we always opted for the elevator to the 7th floor!
The staff is friendly enough, but don't expect a lot of tourist information (or English) like you'd be able to get at a hostel.
Unique Quality: In the Les Halles quarter, our hotel was surrounded by tons of fun pubs and restaurants. Oh, and also by a lot of sex shops and piercing palors which just added to the kitchiness. A really fun area at all times of the day!
Directions: Take line 4 to Etienne Marcel. Exit the Metro, cross the street & walk to your right. Take 2 lefts (at the first corner you come to & after the restaurant on your left). It's the 2nd bldg on the right.
Single room with a sink : 30Euros (tax include) -
With shower and/or for two : 50 Euros.
Breakfast : 6 euros per capita
The hotel is simple but clean.
It has no website : its fame is sufficient to have clients all the year.
Unique Quality: In the center of Paris, in a quiet street, near les Halles at 5 mn walk from Rue Montorgueil and Les Halles (see the travelogue).
The street has several cheap restaurants and you can find a supermarket (Marché U) and a lot of food shops in Rue Montorgueil.
I thought it was opened the year round. I recently discover it is closed between Christmas and New Year.
BUT ITS MAIN QUALITY LIES IN ITS PRICE.
Directions: Metro : Etienne Marcel or Réaumur-Sébastopol
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Address: 6 rue Tiquetonne, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75002, France