Very Good10 Reviews
0.28km from Chateau d'EauMy wife and I and our two teen children stayed here for 9 nights in a quadruple room, i.e., a room with two full beds. Our experience was more pleasant than we could have imagined. First, the hotel is superbly managed. You are buzzed in instantly at the front door at all times. Maid service is excellent. The owner, François, a friendly and cultured fellow, is frequently at the front desk, and is a veritable font of valuable information, from transit tips to restaurants to out-of-the-way attractions. His wife and daughter are equally friendly and helpful, as are the others who man the front desk. The hotel itself has been nicely and even cleverly rehabbed. The ground floor entrance leads down a white tile hallway to a spiral staircase, which brings one to the entresol, with the front desk and breakfast room in one direction and, in the other direction, another white tile hallway with two sets of spiral stairs at each end leading to the rooms on the upper floors. The elevator (at least for the rooms at the far end of this hallway) is actually another flight up to the premiere étage, that is, on what would be the third floor elsewhere. So be prepared to haul luggage up two flights of spiral stairs. This is not necessarily a knock because it is not uncommon -- I've stayed in a small hotel in Paris where I've had to haul luggage up five flights of spiral stairs. Our room was on the deuxième étage, or what would be the fourth floor elsewhere. We were at the back of the hotel so there was no street noise. The bathroom was immediately in front of the door. It was well-appointed and sparkling clean, with black slate tiles on the floor, a modern sink and toilet, and a partial wall of frosted glass blocks setting off the shower area. The 140 square-foot room was a bit cramped, but still felt cozy, with two sets of French windows and a refrigerator. A small night stand, a long, narrow desk, and two straight back chairs complete the ensemble. We did not avail ourselves of the breakfast given our teens' difficulty in being able to leave the room before 10 am, but there is a nice boulangerie, La Mie Câline, around the corner on the Boulevard St. Denis, which François's daughter recommended, and at which one can easily pick up baguettes, croissants, and (most important) cafe au lait to bring back to one's room. I picked up breakfast there every morning; we kept orange juice, jam, and butter in the room fridge. The neighborhood is diverse, vibrant, and safe. It has not been scrubbed or Disneyfied. The funky Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis is but a block west and does not lack for hip cafes and bars. Although the Metro is convenient, Beaubord, the Forum Des Halles, and the Île de la Cité are all within relatively easy walking distance. The Cosmotel is a precious little gem that I unhesitatingly recommend to anyone, couple or family, for an economical stay in Paris, short or long.