0.07km from Saveurs de ChengduI was due to stay here for 2 nights, having arrived by overnight coach from Geneva. Upon arrival in Paris, I headed straight to the hotel, where the guy on reception agreed to store my bag in the cupboard until I could check-in. So off I went for a wander around Paris, during a heatwave, racking up thousands of steps! After lunch, headed to the hotel via the nearby franpix shop, stocking up on water and a couple of snacks. Having booked through Booking.com, their profile stated I could pay by 'Visa or Mastercard' and that the property already had my card details. I was expecting a straightforward check-in, however... When trying to check-in, the receptionist - who I'd not seen wearing a face mask at all - checked my passport and then told me that I had to pay, but that the card machine was broken. He demonstrated this by holding up an unplugged card machine... He pointed me in the direction of a nearby ATM. This immediately sent alarm bells ringing, as I knew that they had my card details already, and what are the odds that the card machine has just broke? I have since found reviews going back months stating that they were also advised that the card machine wasn't working. Unsure what to do next, I asked if I was free to leave. He said that they wouldn't charge me, but had no control over booking.com. I found this odd, but he was already "dealing" with a couple of other complaints from guests (no hot water and no fan working), although his attitude seemed very dismissive. Now stranded in Paris, I rang booking.com to query if they would be charging me. They advised that they had no control over this, and that it would infact be up to the hotel! So the booking.com customer service agent rang the hotel, and this time he said that it was not up to him, but the "manager"... A story he reiterated when I rang the hotel directly (by this point I was an hours walk away, in scorching heat). Booking.com said they'd email asking the manager to waive any charges owed (wording used was I was cancelling!!!). Strangely, within 15-20 minutes the reply came in that they would not be!! So I rang booking.com up again and they again spoke to the hotel, emailed the manager and told me to wait 24 hours. That's all I'll say on booking.com in this review, as that's a story for another day... With nowhere else to go, I decided to head home 2 nights earlier than expected, forking out an extra £85 in travel expenses. By the time I'd arrived back in the UK the following morning, I found that 'Jeff Hotel.VPC' had charged my credit card! How very odd that they could charge me within less than 24 hours after leaving, with apparently no working card machine!! I am waiting for the transaction to clear and will then be raising a chargeback. This hotel ruined the last couple of days of my holiday to France. The whole situation is very suspicious. This hotel is definitely one to be AVOIDED at all costs.