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... It reminds me of being in an apartment building in Mumbai. You can hear the street and stand on the balcony and watch the cars go by outside. After all the years of living on the ground floor this feels like a wonderful change.
The floors are old and very creaky. The property manager told us that in all these Parisian apartments sound travels easy and you have to be quiet or you will get complaints from the neighbors. Legend also has it ...
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Small and Rude
Me and my four cousins stayed at this hotel for a week. Our first day arriving to the hotel, Nov. 1, 2004, was disappointing, the hotel is located in the middle of a poor area and isn't that clean. We arrived with all of our heavy bags and were notifyed that we could not check in till about 2 hours later and just to leave our bags by the check out desk. We finally checked in, taking are bags up to our rooms was a hastle, they have an elevator that measures about 4ft by 4ft, the smallest elevator I have ever seen in my life. Me and my cousin walked into our room, to see the smallest fullbed that should be really classifyed as a twin, and a very little closet space. The bathroom was clean but had nasty, old ruff towles, I am glad i brought my own. The shower, not a bath tub, but a 3ft by 3ft square, about 6inches deep, with no curtains and no real shower head just one of the shower heads that detaches and you have to hold it the whole time you are taking a shower. The morning desk guy was great, he was nice and gave us direction to many good night clubs and beautiful sites to see. The night desk guy, which claims to be the manager was horribly rude and me and my cousin had a nasty encounter with him one night. The hotel doors close at 12 at night, for security purposes, but if you do decied to see the night life in Paris, you can ring the door bell and the desk guy that works at night will open it for you. The 2nd to the last day we were in Paris we went out really early to go site seeing, we got back to the hotel about 9pm, we were tired of walking and decided to take a nap before we enjoyed are last night in Paris. We got up at about 1am, we got ready to go out and pack up because we were beening pick up by shuttle at about 7am in the morning to go to the airport. We were headed on are way out at about 2am in the morning, the last time we would be going to the night clubs in Paris. We got to the hotel door and it was closed, we didn't want to just open it and leave because that it is rude and the door would stay open because it has to be closed from the inside. So we nocked on the door of the guy that works at night, big mistake, He told us that we couldn't go out it was to late and he wasnt going to open the door for us because he didn't feel like it. Me and my cousin, both girls asked why, I believe we payed for the hotel so we we could come in and out as we please, of course with comman courtisy and we shouldn't be keep hostage because of some ones will. We argued with the man and he even had the nerve to push my cousin, we threatened to call the cops but to be honest we didn't know the number, He didn't let us out untill these two guys passed by and we yelled for them to call the cops and they argued with the guy and finally he let us out. All of that was not necessary besides the guy still had to get up to open the door for other guest that had not returned yet. I would never stay at this hotel again and hope that no one else does either, trust me for the price it is not worth it.
This hotel was a big disappointment. First of all, there are no drawers to store your clothing; the towels smell like mildew and they are very aged and mix-matched. In addition, we're sure our towels were not changed but hung back up neatly to make it look as if they were, as they were damp and musty. There was no soap. I suspect the room had fleas as I began itching from apparent bites after we left. The TVs are suspended from the ceiling and must be 9 or less inches wide. This place was dreary and depressing, and only 2 blocks from the pornography community (although that is not their fault). Fortunately, by the 2nd day we were able to find another hotel and get our vacation back on track. I felt obligated to share this information with other unsuspecting travelers.
"Not a WHORE HOUSE!"
The biggest problem I had with this hotel was the fact that it had a curfew! Experiencing the nightlife in Paris was a very important part of my trip, that was nearly ruined by my stay at this hotel. There is a sign that says that for security purposes the door to the hotel closes at midnight but to just ring the bell and they will open it for you. Well, that is not true. The man at the front desk REFUSED to open the door for my cousin and I when we tried to go to a club at 2 a.m. He told me that "it was TOO LATE FOR ME TO GO OUT and to just GO TO MY ROOM!" I'm 22 years old, not even my dad tells me to go to my room! I refused to go to my room and he literally pushed me and told me again to go to my room. He went on to tell me, "the hotel isn't a WHORE HOUSE and you can't go in and out at all hours of the night," and "you're lucky that you're not a man because I would hit you!" I was so mad that he had dared to insult us like that! I insisted he call the police because he had no right to hold us captive there "just because he felt like it," as he stated. He refused to call the police and finally let us out after some more arguing and trying to push me once more (I say trying because my cousin and I were forced to put our fists up and not allow him to touch us anymore).
Aside from the problems with the "curfew" there were a couple of other problems that might have otherwise been overlooked because of how cheap (price-wise) the hotel was. The towels in the hotel were old, stained, and smelled (not clean!), and the shower had no curtain so the entire bathroom got wet when you showered. The rooms are really small and the elevator is no bigger than a coat closet (only two people fit-one if carrying luggage). They refused to pass any calls to our rooms late at night (even when we told them that we were expecting calls from our parents) because it was "too late." There is a 9-hour difference between Paris and Los Angeles (where I live), so of course someone is bound to call me late!
Overall, I would NEVER want to return to this hotel ever again! It has by far been the worse hotel I've ever stayed at anywhere in the world!
You get what you pay for
I stayed in Paris October 23-30, 2004 at the Grand Hotel de Turin. Although the furnishings and the carpet were a bit worn, the room was clean and the beds were comfortable. The bathroom (room #14) was refurbished and very clean. The entire hotel itself needs refurbishing and updating. This was my first time in Europe so I really don't have anything to compare with, but I feel I got what I paid for.
The staff was friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was coffee, croissants, juice, jelly, cream cheese and water. The room had a vary TINY safe that cost $3 euros a day. My room, on the 2nd floor, had a small balcony which was nice.
This is a budget hotel so, like I said, I think I got what I paid for - a clean place to do nothing more than sleep. However, while walking around Paris I saw other two star hotels that looked nicer and newer. Although I was not completely disappointed with this hotel, I probably will not go back.
PLEASE NOTE - The main metro stop (Pigalley) near the hotel is closed until April 2005 so you have a farther walk to other stations. Also, this hotel is very close to the red light district (1/2 mile) and you should bring EAR PLUGS because the noise outside will keep you awake. But I guess that goes for any hotel in Paris (who ever said that New York is the city that never sleeps has never been to Paris). Enjoy your stay.
Wish I'd Liked it More
I loved the location, but wasn't that thrilled with the hotel. The walls were thin and I was kept awake several nights by people on the same floor we were in. Our room was o.k. but I saw others in the hotel that seemed much nicer than ours, so a lot may depend on which room you get.
A great short stay near Montmartre
We booked a 4-bed room at this Hotel. It is well situated for a visit to Paris. The room was clean and sanitary, we were received cordially and had a pleasant stay. I have advised it to my friends!
Clean and Central
My wife and I stayed for 4 days in May, we found the room to be clean with TV, bathroom clean with fresh towels every day ,breakfast was standard continental fare and more than adequate . Hotel is centrally located within 30 minutes walk of most of the attractions and 5 minutes from a metro station.
We would definately go back .
We liked the place and the staff!
I had a very good stay at Grand hotel de Turin in Paris. It is a nice Parisian building at the foot of the hill of Montmartre. Very good location, close from the metro stations. Many shops and restaurants around in this lively district. Hotel has a lounge room where we could let our luggage before check out. We stayed 5 days for tourism and our room was nice, clean and confortable. The roommaids were very friendly and the man at the reception speaks perfectly Spanish. That was good for us!
Worst Hotel I Stayed in France
I just got back from France and stayed in 6 different hotels on my trip. This one was by far the worst. The room was dusty, the bath towels smelled of mildew, and the shower consisted of a porcelain hole in the floor with a shower head. There wasn't any kind of curtain so as soon as I turned the water on the entire bathroom was wet. I agree with the previous review. The kennel my dog stayed at while I was on my trip was better than this hotel.
Grand!!! Not a bit!!
Went to Paris and booked this hotel on line as the desciption given seemed ok for a short break.
We were shown to our room which was at the rear of the hotel and was absolutely awful!!. The rooms are not very clean, the carpets and furnishings have all seen better days and the breakfast room, Well what can I say!!!! Except I have checked my dog into kennels which were far superior to this hotel.