Hotel Blackston Opera
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Diabolical - truly horrid
I don't like to criticise hotels too much on Tripadvisor, but with this place I simply have no choice. I stayed here for one night in May 2006, and that was one night too many!
On arrival we found the hotel to be in a shabby little side street, and first appearances told us that it might not be the best place to stay. On checking in we were told our room wasn't ready, and that it would take another couple of hours (which would have been 1pm).
Our bags were taken from us by the receptionist and placed in a room just off of the reception - not a locked room, a public one where anyone could have walked in and taken the bags. Therefore we had to take all of our valuables out with us.
We returned to the room twice, at 1.30pm and 3.30pm to find it was still not ready. At around 5.30 we finally managed to get into the room, and it really wasn't worth the wait. The decor was diabolical - a dirty looking room with two uncomfortable single beds pushed closely together. In the room was a telephone, no TV, and a bathroom which looked old and dirty and had horrible towels which didn't seem clean.
To top everything, the room was just feet from the main reception and had two windows with net curtains which looked out onto the ground floor of the hotel. Of course in the evening, light from the reception area came in, and anyone out there could have looked through and seen us.
All in all I couldn't wait to get away from the place. I'd definitely recommend that anyone going to Paris doesn't go anywhere near this place.
i stayed at this hotel last year on a long weekend. yeah the rooms are small, but they were clean and the hotel is situated in a great location. however i would not stay there again and would not recommend this to anyone, as the walls are paper thin so we barely slept the whole time, which almost ruined the trip as the sightseeing was exhausting enough, without the sleepless nights, at this very noisy hotel.
What my friend and I have to be thankful for is we did not book and pay our full week's stay in Paris in advance, as some tourists do. Fortunately after 2 horrid sleepless nights at Blackston Opera, we managed to escape and find a 'real hotel'
I think I could have ovelooked the absolutely tiny accomodations, (twin beds are pushed together as space is super tight) and the towels that I would not even use to wash my car, were disgraceful, however the concave, hammock-like bed was just too much to bear. The service was almost non-existent, as at night there was only one junior person on front desk who was busy browsing the internet and playing on msn & could offer nothing. Needless to say, we moved and found the Concord Saint Lazare not far away - now that's a hotel!
Ideal for a short break
Staying at Blackston Opera worked out fabulously!
I booked a eurostar and hotel package and was not disappointed by the hotel i had chosen. It's easy to get to the tourist sites with two metro stations (Liege, Place de Clichy) in close proximity and with plenty of local amenities. The rooms were clean, beds were very comfortable and the cleaner came in everyday. We had two twin rooms and they were opposite each other. The noise was bearable and is only to be expected in such a vibrant city but my two elderly grandparents managed to sleep well enough, as did i.
The staff at the front desk were extremely helpful and spoke much better English than I do French! We stored our bags until the rooms were ready and nipped out to one of the many local cafes for brunch. We didn't have the breakfast at the hotel but it smelt good. There was a small problem with the shower and that was fixed during the day.
If you're on a budget sight seeing break I thoroughly recommend this hotel. Hope this helps anyone trying to decide.
Terrible would not recomend to my worst enemy
My Family and I stayed at this hotel we were cramed and very disappointed with room. It was very old and the walls were beyond dirty. What you see on the internet is not what you get. BE WARE !!!!
My next stay in Paris will be at a different Hotel recommended by my friends.
Service was lacking no iron available when we asked for one. The lift you can call it that allows you and a suit case on with barely room to breath..
Stay clear of this hotel
A reasonable place near Opera house
The hotel (3 star) is at 12, rue de Parme, 75009 Paris, a few minutes by foot to metro stations (3 of them) and reasonably close to those "must sees" on the right bank and Montmartere area. Although it is on a small street, if your room faces it, it is not that quiet. However the room facing the back are very quiet, and a couple of them have access to a good size terrace. The rooms are small, as in hotels of the same price range, but there is an okay sized lobby where you can find Financial Times, good for anyone who cannot read French newspapers. There is no internet access in the rooms, but if it is something minor, you can ask the front desk for help, or there is an internet cafe a block or two away. The hotel has a restaurant affiliated to it, but we didn't try. Instead, we found a Chinese restaurant around the corner quite good. The cafes and restaurants in the immedidate neighborhood are more for the locals, a cup of coffee is only 1.10 euro (sip by the counter). But when you get to Place Clichy area, things are definitely more for tourists. There is a grocery around the corner, which is about the same size as a Star Market you see in Boston, with a good wine selection (most are in 3-10 euro range).
You can get a bargain from the listed price, if you stay for a relatively extended period of time (e.g. 5 days). Call the hotel to negociate with the manager Alain. He is helpful.
This hotel was wonderful. The rooms were small but they were well decorated and we loved the open windows, but what i loved the most was the service. I had my wallet stolen while i was in Versailles and the front desk staff was so helpful in trying to help me report my cards. Also the hotel is in a very safe neighborhood there is always a lot of people around in the place de clichy circle a block and a half down and the police station is right across the street. This is a great place for couples or a small family on a budget.
I stayed here in February 2005 and I must say on initial impressions this hotel was a let down. However, the staff are superb! Very informative and the service/helpfulness was second to none. The Hotel was going through a refurbishment when we arrived, hopefully this will include the rooms as ours was in need of it. Great location if you don't want to be on top of the main attractions, close to one of Paris' largest train/metro stations and ten minutes from the Louvre. I would stay here again, but ideally with the refurbishment completed. Please note, they have very few double bed rooms, if you get one it is a very good sized room.
A total let down!!!!
I've just come back from 5 nights in Paris, staying at the Blackston Opera Hotel on Rue de Parme and I must say I was very dissapointed.. After reading reviews of this hotel I was pleasantly looking forward to my stay in Paris especially as I was also there for Valentines day with my boyfriend. On arrival to the hotel, the staff were very friendly. Our room was on the 4th floor and if you blink you will miss the lift because its so small. Max capacity is 3 people so it was a real struggle for 2 people and suitcases. The decor in the rooms is quite old fashioned.. The double room was actually 2single beds put together.. The bathroom was quite spacious.. There are no facilities such as tea/coffee in the room and no english speaking channels on satelite tv either. After the first night we asked to be moved to a double room with one double bed.. The hotel staff were very accomodating and friendly towards us and we got a room on the second floor.. Big mistake!!! The room was so small there was barely room to walk around the bed. The bathroom just about had enough room for one person, two is pushing it.. The walls are like paper cause we could hear people talking in ajoining rooms and also we were unlucky enough to be near the lift and stairs which in itself will nearly keep you awake they are so noisy... The breakfast is simple and nice but dont go down later than 9.15am cause there wont be anything left.. Overall the best part about this hotel is the staff, but unfortunately it doesnt make up for the poor rating of the hotel itself... Will not be staying there again nor would i recommend it..
An oasis of caring and comfort!!!
After backpacking through Europe for 4 weeks and experiencing the cold and often rude staff of several hotels and hostels, the Blackston Opera Hotel was truly a diamond in the rough. Our room had air conditioning (that we had control over), we had a private roof terrace coming out of our room, Alan (the owner or manager) spoke excellent english and was very kind & helpful, and at a relatively low price, the Blackston was a great value. If I ever return to Paris, I will stay at the Blackston Opera Hotel. I can't say enough good things about this place, as it will always hold a special place in my heart.
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