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Don't go there!
Well, it's a 2 star so we weren't expecting plush - but this 'hotel' is a joke! We had booked a double room from 3rd to 6th February 2006. The area is not great - the immigrant quarter of Paris - which is not in itself a problem, but walking through all the bags of rubbish heaped on the pavements to get to the centre - which is about 2 miles away - was not pleasant.
The Hotel Merryl welcomes you with the scent of musty dampness as soon as you open the door, and the rooms bear no resemblance to the photographs they display from the street! We were shown up a very bad lit staircase with a broken and wobbling banister to a tiny room whose only lighting featured a 40 watt bulb in a table lamp. This didn't work unless you jiggled the wires. We were taken to a second room, equally as tiny, and with a knocked together formica topped 'dressing table' covered with cigarette burns. No mirror, one chair, double bed which turned out to be comfortable (but anything is comfortable when you've been trekking around Paris on foot all day!) and a window which looked out onto a tiny courtyard heaped with litter, and which ensured that the room remained dark even during the day. Broken toilet seat, lots of evidence of damp, and no fan or ventilation in the windowless bathroom. Not even a glass in the room, we had to "borrow" one from a restaurant that night, in order that we could at least have a glass of water in our room! Breakfast was passable, mediocre coffee, a croissant and a bread roll with various jams - but no plates! On the plus side the staff were friendly and helpful when we asked them for information, and the room was very warm with the radiator blasting out all day and all night, but despite appreciating a warm room in February, it was practically impossible to breathe at night without opening the window, as the radiator could not be turned off or down, and with the head end of the bed jammed directly under the window the only alternative is to suffer the icy blast from this. We can vouch for the fact that the fire alarm works, as it went off ten minutes after we'd got into bed on the first night. No fire thankfully, somebody had been burning a candle in their room - probably so that they could see!
Paris is beautiful, but we didn't linger in our room a moment more than necessary. Even dressing was difficult in such a tiny and dimly lit space. Give it a miss. Even 2 star hotels needn't be this tacky and shoddy. We've stayed in better youth hostels!
Stayed at this hotel for 6 nights with my fiancee. The room was a bit on the small size and the bathroom tiny. Not all the rooms have en-suite facilities. The heating was very good. I was on the side of the hotel that doesn't have a lift. One thing that worried me was that there was no fire escape and no escape route printed on the back of the door which is something I always check. The location is very close to the metro and in an area that has an ethnic mix and has some very good value shops and take aways. however I wouldn't venture too far at night.
I would consider the hotel to be good value for money. Breakfast was included in the rate and was fresh every morning.
The staff at the hotel , apart from one exception , were very friendly and helpful. In fact among the best I have ever come accross.
On the second last night there I ordered a taxi for 6:15 the next morning. The gentleman on reception repeated back to me the time that I wanted it for. Next morning at 6:10 we went down to reception and asked the same gentleman if the taxi was on the way. He said had no record of it being ordered and then claimed that I had ordered a wake up call for 6:30 instead. He continued speaking with a man who was sitting beside him. I asked him to order me a taxi straight away as I had a train to catch. He asked were the train was leaving from and when I told him Gare du Nord he told me I could walk there. He then asked my fiancee why we had no luggage with us if we were catching a train. It was a day trip to Amsterdam but really none of his business. In the end we walked to the station.
This episode was unfortunate as all the rest of the staff were so friendly.
Give this one a miss
Stayed here for two nights in April. The room was small, overlooked the drains and smelled damp and musty. The bathroom was minute. The furniture had definitely seen better days. Not in a particularly great area either although close to the metro. Breakfast was nothing to write home about and on day two they ran out of butter and hot chocolate. The lift barely took two slim teenagers and the stairs were steep and numerous! The staff were helpful and polite but I would not stay here again.
Well worth a visit
Returned yesterday from a 4-night stay at the Hotel Merryl. About a 10-15 minute walk from the Gare du Nord, the Merryl Hotel can be found down a quiet side street just across from La Chappelle metro station. Our triple room was small and basic, with a small ensuite but it was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast room looks as though it has been recently redecorated and is also clean and tidy. The continental breakfast was sufficient to start the day ... and you can always ask for more if you want!
The area is quite safe at night. Hotel staff are friendly, more than happy to help with your queries and speak English for those whose French is limited.
The hotel is situate in a predominently Arabic/Indian area which made the choice of local restaurants very varied and interesting.
Would definitely recommend a visit and would stay there again.
This Hotel Is just Great - I will come back Again
I was the last week with my girl friend at the merryl hotel for a romantic week end. And during all my life it's first time I stay in a so good hotel. The rate the staff everything is here for a wonderfull stay.
Great Location, Affordable, Lovely Staff"
This is a clean, affordable, centrally located hotel offering basic services. We spent 3 nights here at the end of September 2004 and found its proximity to the metro at la chappelle extremely handy. It was affordably priced for central Paris, clean and comfortable. Definitely worth a visit.
we planned with my boyfriend a romantic week-end in Paris. Concerning the accomodation we looked for a nice small hotel with a good position. Exactly this we found at the Hotel merryl, good service, nice people working there always ready to help all mixted with unforgettable atmosphere of Paris. Many thanx. sim from Slovakia
Downright nasty conditions
When we entered the first room that we were assigned, we were met with a foul stench. This we soon discovered originated from what appeared to be urine stains on the bed sheets soaking through to the mattress. A second bed in the room also had dirty sheets with lesser stains. After overcoming our revulsion to this discovery, we complained to the night watch, who was actually very cordial. However, we discovered that the second room that we were assigned also had a funky smell and dirty sheets. The proprietor in the morning was not very accommodating and even charged us for extra breakfast since we decided to squeeze into a friend's room. This would be totally unacceptable anywhere else. Do not stay here. There are plenty of better hotels in this price range in this area.
Bit of a dive!
This hotel is very basic and run down. The reception looked ok, but once you ventured up the "cosy" stairs you can tell what you've got yourself into. The room was drab and bearly clean. The towels were clean, but had stains on them. The bed was really uncomfortable, i.e. soft and lumpy. I'm just happy I only booked this hotel for 1 night. Only stay here you have a VERY tight budget. The location...well that's another story.
The hotel is situated in a lively and interesting ethnic area, nearest metro is La Chappelle, one stop away from the hurly burly of Barbés Rochechouart. The hotel is on a road that is relatively quiet. We stayed there in 2002. Its reception area was clean and fresh, but found young staff unhelpful (see below). The room we stayed in was small and drab but reasonably clean. The shower room was clean but unheated. The windows had no net curtains so we had to be careful! The t.v. reception was terrible and wait for it - when you switched the room lights off the t.v. went off too (strange electrical wiring?)!!!. The walls are wafer thin - we were able to hear the neighbours complaining about their room. When we returned to the room one afternoon we found that one of the towels used and left on the floor that morning was simply folded and put back and then after complaining, staff grudgingly gave us a fresh towel. We only took one morning's breakfast as we were served rock hard butter with croissants and rolls whose freshness were questionable. It's a basic 2 star b&b hotel if you're not fussy but shop around if you want peace of mind.
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