I like this area on the fringes of the Latin Quarter. The historic Gobelins tapestry workshops and gallery are almost next door, ancient rue Mouffetard a ten -minute walk in one direction, the towers of Chinatown in the other.
Wood floors, colourful details and black and white graphic wallpapers set the style. You have the choice of double rooms with small double bed or dorms sleeping four or six on metal bunkbeds. All rooms have private shower and loo – nasty plastic curtain but attractive tiling. Guests have to vacate rooms between noon and 4pm but can sit in the breakfast room if they wish.
Cheerfully tongue in cheek. Oops is spelled out on the door handle and entrance wall, with funky cowskin tiled walls and glowing reception desk in the lobby. A rainbow coloured floral mural nods at hippy cohorts in the breakfast room, where there's also a counter with three computers with access to the internet – with reminders not to hog the computers if other people are waiting. There's a tiny courtyard; mainly for smoking we suspect.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is included in the room price; and there's also a drinks machine.
You're not at a youth hostel for service but reception staff are friendly and the hotel is clean and generally well-maintained. Bedlinen is provided, towels are available for an extra three euros.
Who stays there
International spectrum of 20 something backpackers or anyone with a hostelling mentality.
Double rooms aren't the cheapest in Paris but are good if you're after the hostel vibe and hotel-style privacy. Dorms are much cheaper, and breakfast is included in the price.
- Backpackers / Students
- First-time travellers
Pros & Cons
- Funky design
- Good location
- Rooms have to be cleared between 11am and 4pm
- Doesn't take credit cards