Hôtel Exelmans2.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
As others have described, the hotel is basic--my work put me up here to save on money. Walls are paper thin, so bring ear plugs if you don't want to listen to your next door neighbour unpack their bag and use the tap. Does not give the impression of hygiene but the room was very warm (in a good way), there was hot water and the bed was decent. Wifi quite poor.
Hotel OK not the best rooms photos on website look nothing like rooms basic small room with a bed shower and toilet reception in day was very helpful in the night they was not courtyard nice place to sit
This is a very old hotel and the breakfast room is not at all charming and there was no A/C and you had to leave your windows open in a safely locked position to exhaust the steam from the shower and cool the room. That said, I would stay there again because there was a good deal of storage space inside the superior room, the rooms were very quiet and the insipid motorcycle noise that permeates France at all hours of the night was not audible, and the front desk staff went out of their way to help and they all had excellent language skills. If for no other reason I would stay there again because of their staff. The patio had remodeling debris at one end.
I had travelled to Paris to work at the French Open in May and due to this Hotel Exelman's close proximity to Roland Garros I decided to stay here. I must say it was a great choice, as I found the room to be spotless, comfortable and well designed. The receptionist was very friendly and talkative, while the local area was quiet and safe, with an abundance of restaurants and bars nearby.
The bedroom was tiny. The structure was crumbling. Whilst the courtyard was a pleasant place to sit, none of the umbrellas worked and one was dangerous, it was hanging on by a piece of string. The staff generally were pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was adequate.
I stayed here for two nights with my sister at the end of May. Given the price of £35 each per night for a standard room (exc breakfast) and the reviews I'd read beforehand my expectations weren't high and that was just as well. The reason for choosing this hotel is its proximity to Roland Garros as our trip was centred around attending the French Open. It's about a 15 min walk and very easy to find from the hotel. Location (and possibly price) is one of the few good things going for this place. The room was basic. It was fine for what we used it for (sleeping - although I'll get onto that point shortly), but if you intend to spend any amount of time chilling in your room, I would most definitely not recommend this hotel. The whole hotel (with possibly the exception of the entrance area) is dated and in need of a lot of TLC; tatty carpets, blankets rather than duvets, scuffed walls, old broken furniture, missing tiles in the shower, cracked sink.....the list goes on. That said painting of walls was going on during our stay, there was plenty of hot water and the place seemed relatively clean. Given the price and location I would stay here again if it hadn't been for our experience with the room temperature and WIFI. First, there is free WIFI but that only worked one of the two days we were there. Secondly, and most importantly, our room (third floor) was unbearably hot and both my sister and I are not people who feel the heat easily - I'm usually too cold in hotels and turn the AC down as soon as I get in. There is no AC in the hotel (we knew that before we arrived) but my goodness the bedroom was like a furnace - completely incompatible with a good night's sleep. Granted, the weather was exceptionally hot during our stay - especially for May - but that's beside the point. It does and can get very warm in Paris and there was no contingency plan at all. On the first night we asked for a fan. The gentleman at reception we found to be quite rude (everyone else we spoke to during our stay was helpful and pleasant); he told us it was the beginning of summer so they didn't have anything (I couldn't quite work out his logic). When I asked whether we could have a fan for the following night he said "may be, we'll see". He never indicated that the hotel had fans. I had thought about asking to move rooms but am not one of those fussy customers and I got the distinct sense that had I asked he would have said no in any event. We barely slept that first night, and resorted to putting our towels under a cold shower and lying with them on top of us to try and cool down. It's no exaggeration to say that it was the hottest night's sleep I've ever experienced and I've stayed in a lot of hot countries. In an attempt to get some air circulating (albeit with only minor success given the outside temperature) we had the window wide open. The outside traffic is noisy and be warned if you sleep with a window open on a Monday morning because that appears to be the tip day and the rubbish cart parked up outside our window at 6am for what seemed like hours and it was without doubt the loudest rubbish cart I've ever heard. The next morning I went for breakfast to be told that for breakfast you need to book the night before (for bread I assume as there were no cooked options). It was fine as they were still able to serve us but why didn't the gentleman at reception tell us that when we asked about breakfast at 9pm the previous evening? On the topic of food we asked the same gentleman on our first evening whether there were any takeaway pizza places nearby. He didn't know and suggested that we walk to the end of the main road. Barely 10 metres from the hotel and we spotted a pizza place. The gentleman's lack of local knowledge was quite staggering (although perhaps it was his first day). Breakfast is pricey at e10 - A choice of cereals, fruit juice, hard boiled eggs, a tiny amount of cheese and ham but never replenished, a croissant and a baguette each. I think there was tea and coffee as well. I suspect that you pay e10 in local restaurants for something similar (albeit probably a little nice as well). I took up the breakfast option purely because it was convenient. On our second evening we again went and asked whether a fan was available. There was a different (more friendly) gentleman on reception this time. He told us that it was a 2 star hotel and they only get weather like that in Paris once or twice a year. He then said that they had fans but they were all being used by other guests (older guests who might die without them - his words not mine!). So again we went to bed in our furnace. Fortunately the weather had cooled down a little but it was still very uncomfortable. All in all, the hotel is ok and serves a purpose. Have low expectations and you won't be disappointed. If the weather forecast is likely to be about 25 degrees or more however, then run a mile or bring your own fan, especially if you're on the third floor.
Nice, friendly and cozy hotel. Very safe and clean place near museums and touristic areas. Near the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, train stations, stores,restaurants... You name it! Try Bercy Village, Montmartne, Hardens of Luxemburg, Versalles Palace and Gardens, Cathedral of Notre Dame, I may run out of places to mention!
Conveniently located near Exelmans Metro Station, which runs on the 10th metro line and allows for very quick access to the heart of town. The superior room is simple, without frills, for example, the TV stations are mostly French with a smattering of English news channels, no coffee machine, or bar fridge. But it comes with a fully equipped and "Feels-like-new" shower and washroom. Need to note that the rooms not on the first floor are a little tricky to get to as you have to navigate several very narrow staircases and passages. Not ideal for luggage above 28 inches. Otherwise, get the ground floor rooms near the courtyard. Decent breakfast, again simple, with one choice of meat, three choices of bread, cheese spread, Juices, Yogurt, coffee and tea. The staff are very helpful, polite, heartwarming and will engage in meaningful conversation. The walls a are a little thin, so corridor noise and wall noise is to be expected. In summary, good location for a business trip, or for a trip where the room is but for resting. Not the first choice if the room amenities are top of the agenda
This is a great hotel.. Quiet, friendly & completely re decorated ....I highly recommend it. ... A room on the court yard is silent.. The curtains are long & heavy, the room spacious. ... The prices are Very reasonable ( perhaps because there is no lift!) The stairs aren't easy ..especially with luggage... BUT other than that, this small hotel has everything else ... I'll go back when I'm next in Paris ...
The only positive thing to say about the hotel is its location in as much as it is within a good 30 minutes walk of the centre of Paris and the main attractions. Other than that there is not much going for it. The room, I forget the number but it was in the far corner of the courtyard, was dark and dank. There was a musty, damp smell on entering and there were signs of mould. The bed linen was poor and tired. The window in the small hallway outside the bathroom had no curtain and so there was no privacy whilst there was no toilet paper in the bathroom. on check out we were overcharged £40 which upon querying and showing our booking confirmation the hotel acknowledged. Surpringly the card machine didn't process refunds and although supplying contact details and receiving assurances the hotel has failed to settle. There are far better budget hotels which appreciate customers in Paris.
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