Picard Hotel

, Paris, France
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Picard Hotel

, Paris
2 star

Rooms: 30

26 Rue de Picardie - Paris - 75003 - France | 01.48.87.53.82
43 Traveller

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1/10
View of the dump yard
Submitted by: frankis_mom@yahoo.com in 09/05/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
This was the worst place to stay. You had to climb two flights of stairs to go the bathroom, and to take a shower it was 10 francs!! I obviously had the single room. The view overlooked the city dump yard and at 3 AM the garbage trucks pulled out. You weren't "allowed" to have coffe or food in your room. I felt like a prisoner.
5/10
Rustic, great location
Submitted by: A Travel Library User in 07/07/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
Not many web reviews for this place so here goes:

We stayed here for three nights: two nights in the triple-triple room, and one night in a single room.

Location: Great. Republique Metro stop, 15 mins walks from Metro but bit tricky to find

Neighbourhood: Safe, suitable for female travellers. Close to boulangeries, boucheries, 2 major grocery stores, McDonalds and of course cafes/bars

Price: 38 euros/person for triple room, 37 euros/person single room. Continental breakfast is avaiable every morning for something like 4, 50 euros...but there's so many great places to eat or pick up something nearby, we didn't even bother

Lift: Yes, very small (only fits 3 people and 225 kg (!) of luggage)

Luggage Room: No, but the staff are OK with you leaving your luggage in reception and they will watch over it for you

Internet access: No

Security: Not that well thought out. There is someone at the reception at all times (for the most part). The entrances are not locked and because the reception is on the 1st floor, any dubious character has already made it into the building before the staff can do anything about it.

Noise: We stayed in summer, so with the windows open (no air-con) you hear the vehicle traffic most of the night

Common Areas: Almost new foyer, but the reception, narrow stairwells and corridors are old, dark and badly need refurbishing. I get the impression that the owner is fixing up the place a little bit at a time....slowly but surely.

The Rooms: The triple-triple room ( #307) was acceptable. It had a brand new bathroom, clean sheets, TV and brand new matresses. Also had a free safe to store your valuables. It was bright, clean with an ecclectic mix of furniture, linens and towels (brightly coloured beach towels). Not the Ritz, but then you don't come to Paris to stay in your room, right?

The single room (#403) on the other hand was terrible. The old adage, 'You get what you pay for' definitely applies here (37 euros/night + cost of shower). The mattress was new, the sheets/towels were still clean, but the carpeting on the floor and the walls (?) was filthy. The lock on the door worked, but there was a hole underneath the knob covered over with some tape. (Safe? I slept with the table against the door). The room only had a sink, which I was aware of. But the shared toilet was around the corner in a dark, scary corridor right next the shared shower. The shower cost 3 Euros for 10 mins of water. The water pressure was good, but shower stall was very old (circa French Revolution) and badly needs replacing. The shower stall's cleanliness left much to be desired (mouldy tiles and generally unkempt). I cannot recommend this particular room... I was unable to get a good night's sleep.

The Staff: Friendly, helpful and accomodating, especially if you attempt to speak a bit of French. Also, remember that you are in France where they don't abide by North American rules of scheduling and punctuality. Be prepared to wait for your room to be ready....you'll have time to enjoy a coffee in the cafe next door. When in France....

I would only stay here again in the triple room and if they hurry up with the renovations. I would only recommend the Hotel Picard if you aren't keen on languishing about in your room for your stay in Paris.

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  • Address: 26 Rue de Picardie - Paris - 75003 - France
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"View of the dump yard" - frankis_mom@yahoo.com

"Rustic, great location" - A Travel Library User

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