"Great staff, but bring your walkin' shoes!"
The hotel is very nice. Obviously updated. The staff always greets you. The room, however, lacks some things that you may expect, such as, an alarm clock, hair dryer and wash rags. Yes, no wash rags. Also, almost every French person everywhere speaks English, including in the hotel, which was frustrating because I wanted to practice my French as much as possible. But it was helpful for those words I just don't know!! There is about a half mile walk to the nearest Metro or train. Though, bus 95 does have a stop across the street. It was miserable with hurting feet because Paris requires LOTS of walking. We averaged about 10 miles a day and our feet knew it! The worst thing was the bed. It was nice for sitting, not sleeping. It was equivalent to sleeping on a carpeted floor, which my husband does not mind! That said, I found it to be just fine for budget travel in Paris. Just be aware this is a working class neighborhood. It seems safe, but I am pretty sure I saw a drug deal at the Brancion station.
Coffee and eggs as I know it were almost nonexistent in Paris. At least, I could get a boiled egg at the hotel breakfast. There was a variety of breads, cereal, fruit, cheeses, meats and coffee as well.
Traveller from Friendswood, Tx