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Castex, charming and a great value
We stayed there last June for 5 days. They upgraded our room to the 2 level suite for nothing ! It was so charming and comfortable.The front desk help is outstanding on arranging sights, train info, airport, etc etc. Its a great location near the bastille, you can walk to the seine.
And buy the breakfast, it is very good. We are going back to the Castex, very reasonable cost.
Nice people and comfortable
We were on the third floor, and would have liked a lift. But niice, all the same
After the first 4 days, I would have given this hotel great marks.
That's before adversity hit on our 5th and 6th day. This is when I learned the extent to which they were concerned about their customers' enjoyment in Paris.
To explain... On our last full day, the hotel abruptly told us (mid-morning) to pack and prepare to move rooms. Evidently, they had an electrician scheduled for the day. We had a ton of stuff and this really fouled up our morning and our evening. This was our "formal night" and we had to live out of suitcase and unfurl our previously pressed clothes.
After that terrible inconvenience, on our getaway day, we scheduled a critical wake-up call. They then forgot to call!
Having spent a lot of money at this hotel, we asked for some compensation. After being scoffed at and denied repeatedly, a manager finally called another manager and offered to take 20 euros off of our bill. Personally, I thought this was somewhat insulting.
Otherwise, the people were great and the hotel was a fair value.
However, after poking around, it seems like there are much better deals in the 4th.
Don't waste your precious time!..Book it!.... ..Castex is a lovable hotel in the feart of Paris...five minutes walking down the street and yaou are in the center of your holiday...300 mt from metro...20 mt from the post..20 mt from a bancomat..100 mt..from a cafe...100 mt from a little..foodstuffs... ...and the staff is very neighbourly..the rooms very comfortable.. ...I was there from 8 to 12 of august 03. ..my first anniversary of wedding.. ...it was amazing..in paris..
Everything about this hotel pleased my wife and I. Recently renovated - the rooms are good sized for Paris, the bathroom is large, and the housekeeping is impeccable. Maid kept putting our accessories in neat little rows. AC was a help during heat wave. Very quiet room, good firm bed, nicely appointed, cabel TV. Staff helpful and friendly. breakfast extensive for 8 euros. Newspapers in the lobby - those kinds of details. Close to Bastille metro.
Stayed at the Castex in summer 2002 and found the facilities to be excellent.
Clean rooms,excellent location and the price was right!Can't think of anything else necessary for a good holiday hotel.
Staff was friendly and quite helpful too- icing on the cake.
Newly renovated, Great Value, Room a bit small.
We stayed 4 nights at this 3-star, centrally-located hotel in April, 2003. The place was closed for renovations and re-opened just a week or two before we arrived. Even though the rooms are a bit small by American standards, it was the nicest place we stayed in in France and the owners paid careful attention to details to make our stay most pleasant. The neighborhood is good with many places to eat and a nearby metro station (Bastille) for sightseeing.With the recent renovations (meaning clean, modern rooms), excellent staff, and great location the hotel is a great choice. We recommend it.Hotel Website (in English): ...
Don't like Parisians, but like the Castex
So I went to Paris thinking all the stereotypes must be wrong - might bump into a grumpy Parisian or an unhelpful waiter - but most people will be nice. I was wrong. Most Parisians are grumpy even when you attempt to speak the language and boy did we try. The owners of the Castex were the exception, my wife and I found them to be friendly and helpful. They seemed to be trying to make up for the rest of the population. The rooms at the Castex are clean, but offer no frills. For the price who cares - because the great location in the Marais and only a few steps away from a metro makes this an ideal place to stay. Great rates too! Go to Paris, see the sights, smile at the grumpy people, and if you are on a budget stay at the Castex.
Great staff, clean, comfortable, no frills
We visited the Hotel in April-May 2001. The managers of Castix, Hector, and Herve did what ever they could to help us and make our time in Paris very nice.
Directions, suggestions of lovely 'off the beaten track' sights, and hanging out at 2 in the morning watching some TV and chatting, the staff at this hotel were wonderful!
Someone else said they had trouble with a cab that the Hotel ordered for them. We had no such problem, and I think that the cab company might be at fault.
The location is great, close to the metro, and the Maris, and lovely small Paris streets, it seems like we saw some of the 'real' Paris, not just the tourist sites.
Our room was small by 'merican standards, but who hangs in their room in Paris? We faced the street, Rue Castex, but it was quiet enough, and the lovely French full-length opening windows were nice.
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... is quite hot inside most buildings here, something we are not used to, and although the wind is quite cold today we still find it a bit stuffy. We stumble across the Lindt chocolate shop, and go inside to look. By now we are in need of a sit down, so we have coffee and a macaron while we plan our next move. Back to the metro, this station (Opera house one) seems to be under refurbishment, and we have trouble finding the right line, taking escalator after escalator deep down. We head ...
... for the pipe organ which turned out to be where we started under the main rose window over the western facade where we entered. Afterwards we lunched on baguettes (what else!) in the park behind the cathedral. Compared to my visit in 1999, the toilets this time were free of charge without the mad toilet lady and virtually no queue. I think the time of year and weather are giving us a better run but it means very little sunshine. Last time in Paris there were ...
... of the square. I didn't like it at all.
We left there and ran the gauntlet of the illegal venders. These UBS are like magpies in spring! Swoop swoop swoop! It really awful and they won't take no for an answer. I told one an a dozen times to go away, he was really harassing me. Eventually a French man swore at him and he ran away. The police are there moving them on but it's still frustrating.
We walked through the park between all the statues there which was ...