Timhotel Paris Gare de l'Est
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The staff is excellent
We stayed here for 5 nights and it was a very pleasant stay. The hotel is extremely close to transportation. It is just over a block to the Metro (where the #4, #5 and #7 lines run) and the East Train Station (Gare de l'Est). It was only a short 10 blocks or so walk to the North Train Station (Gare du Nord). If you wish, you could skip the walk and take the #4 Metro there.
The neighborhood was decent, not exceptional, but it seemed moderately safe. We wandered a little Southwest and it quickly went into a rougher part of town, but we also went East and Southeast and found a lot of neat little shops, parks and people to chat with. If you head East/Southeast, there is a nice little fruit stand within a block, some cafes and some little shops along the St Martin Canal. Within a few more blocks, you'll find a couple of food markets, a drugstore and a few fast food places.
The front desk staff was superior! They helped us out with anything we needed to know. They spoke English and helped me with some French phrases (my wife speaks French, but I don't). The breakfast was excellent and had plenty of variety. We had a great time. The hotel was a little cramped, but extremely clean and well-maintained. It was a good thing we were thin people with light baggage on the elevator. It's very small, so if you aren't... or you have GIANT bags... I'd probably ask to stay on a lower floor.
Our only complaint was with the housekeeping. This keeps it from receiving 5 circles. We had a couple of really late nights on the town and we decided to sleep in. (Actually... sleep, pop down for breakfast and head straight back to bed) We put the sign on the door both of those mornings and the maid still knocked on the door both mornings. When we just didn't answer, she came in anyway. The second day, we answered and politely told her that we didn't need housekeeping (in French, not English) for the day and were sleeping. She went away, but about 20 minutes later she came back and opened the door without knocking. A minor inconvenience... but one that shouldn't happen regardless.
After reading I don't know *how* many reviews of Paris hotels, I settled on this one. I was not disappointed. Yes, the room was small by American standards, but there were places to put our luggage and belongings so we didn't trip over it. The room had a modern feel to it, and looked as if it had been updated recently. The bathroom was clean very clean. The blowdryer was a joke, but I came prepared with other plans for my hair in anticipation of this.
The location was wonderful---Gare L'est is extremely close and you and you can catch almost any train from there. They were refurbrishing Gare L'est when we were there at the end of September, so the neighborhood seemed less attractive than it probably really is.
The hotel staff was lovely and both spoke good English. They held our luggage for us for free after check out so we could explore the rest of the day until our train left at four.
The only "complaint" for me is the smallness of the hallways and elevator. There is a spiral staircase as well, but you get vertigo going down it. The proportions are awkward, so you feel "off" going down it.
Great little hotel
We stayed here January 8-12, 2006. The room was very neat and clean and the bathroom was very clean too. The staff was friendly and professional. I would recommend staying here.
Perfect location for Eurostar travellers
10 mins walk from the Gard du Nord, with the up & coming Canal St Martin area at the end of the street. Small rooms, but a bargain for Paris at £45 including breakfast. Hoxton meets Amelie!
We were disappointed in this hotel. Except for the professionalism of the staff and the close proximity of the hotel to the train station, we were not impressed. To book the hotel, we used a hotel referral service via the Web. Since there were three of us, we needed a triple room. Each of the services we checked indicated the hotel offered a triple room. However, the room turned out to be a very small double-sized room with a fold away bed. The bathroom was cramped with only a half-size splash board that did very little to prevent water from getting all over the floor. The hair dryer was practically useless as it produced very little power. Additionally, the room was not good at blocking out noise. We could hear every footstep down the hall and people outside the hotel. Overall, the room was not worth the cost. Of course, it was more affordable than staying in more central locations of Paris; however, I would choose to pay extra for better accommodations on my next trip.
A Quality Place to Stay for a Great Price
We stayed here four nights and were very impressed by the cleanliness and upkeep. The room was good sized although the bathroom was a little cramped. Also, parking is not available at the hotel (as implied on the website) but about two blocks away at the train station.
The hotel loans a laptop to be used in the downstairs lounge area and the facility is WiFi for those of us who are addicted to email. We booked through parischarminghotels and were able to get a deal paying for 3 nights and getting the fourth night free. I will probably stay here again.
Excellent small hotel, great location
Very good small hotel located just 2 blocks from the Gare de L'est and 4 blocks from the Gare du Nord. A bit noisy at night, but quiet with the windows closed. Clean and comfortable room with an excellent breakfast. If you are a tourist and wish to take the Open Bus tour of Paris, there is a stop across the street from the hotel on Rue de Faubourg Saint Martin. Very friendly staff who will assist with any of your needs. Highly recommended for the price. Will stay again.
Clean hotel, price reasonable, quiet road
I stayed there Feb 15-18, 2005. The hotel is clean, reception is very efficient, helpful and fast in aswering your queries. They volunteer to get your taxi, call tour company to book a reservation for a show. Food is okay and has variety. The guests were decent people and the hotel is fully booked. Some of our friends wanted to book some more rooms but it was fully booked.
Near the gard deles metro station, restaurants, pharmacy, fast food, brasserrie, taxi stand.
The batrchroom is very clean. I would recommend staying there. The rate per nights is relatively cheap compaired to hotels near the Paris center. The metro is very efficient transportation, if you want to save on hotel cost, this is the place. If you are just looking for a place to sleep and be out during the day, try this.
You can, however, hear the footsteps of those coming down through the stairs. The elevator was down, when we arrived. The staff brought all our lugagges to our room.
Safety deposit box is available.
Loved this hotel!
I accompanied 5 friends & family to London and Paris for a short winter holiday including my 86 year old mother. This small boutique hotel is located in 10 Arrondisement Paris, near Gare de L'est. Address is: 27 Rue de Recollet. What a great little hotel. The staff was warm, welcoming and did everything to make us feel comfortable. The staff assisted us in finding the local fabric stores for quilting material, printed out the address and map. When we came in for the evening, they offered us hot coffee or tea or a nightcap. The breakfast buffet is excellent. The hotel is on a quiet street so there is no traffic noise! Beds are comfortable. I can't say enough about this charming hotel. Absolutely added to the charm of Paris and made us feel very welcome.
Convenient and great staff at the St. Martin Hotel
This is a great location about a block from the Gare l'est so readily available to all types of transportation. The room is nice, rather small, but clean and neat...and quiet. The staff was wonderful and saw to our every need. The buffet breakfast was included in the price and was very good. I highly recommend it.
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