Inter Roma Sacre Coeur--not recommended
Written: Jan 31, 2004 (Updated Feb 2, 2004)
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Pros:Close to Metro, Sacre Coeur, and Clubs
Cons:Dingy, Bad shower and toilet, itchy sheets
The Bottom Line: If you can find better rooms at equally cheap prices...then you're better off staying there...
I've read all the reviews here about the Inter Roma Sacre Coeur, and I don't think that the experience can be summed up as neatly as the others have described it. Here are my thoughts:
Pros: Great location, next to metro stop. General Neighborhood is good, and there are several great delis and bakeries close by. Convenience stores and supermarkets are located adjacent. Sacre Coeur is about a 5 min. walk. Their breakfast is really good (though just bread and cheese)--the wait staff is very nice. Get their hot chocolate with breakfast...its very very yummy.
Cons: Dingy rooms. Smelly carpet, TINY bathrooms, no hot water when everyone else is showering (which you can hear). The toilet is kind of old and nasty, and fills up to the brim when you flush. Watch out for that. The sheets made me itchy every night. The elevator only fits 4 people. They don't have a luggage check. If you want them to stow your luggage for the morning before you check in they just put it next to the sliding glass door by the chairs in the "lobby." Its not that "close" to the center of town. You have to change metros at least once--which if you go back to Champs Elysee, Latin Quarter, or the Opera Quarter more than 2 times a day gets tiring and wastes precious time.
Overall impressions: I don't care much for views--but I generally like clean rooms with a good "feeling." Showering was a difficult task since they do not have a shower head "holder" and you have switch hands yourself (which is difficult for girls to wash their hair). Although the hotel had a happy vibe and the guests were generally very nice, I did not "enjoy" coming back to the hotel after a long day in Paris. It wasn't a place where you can invite your friends into your 2 person room to just sit and chat. It was purely for sleeping. (I've read elsewhere that you should ask for the 7th floor in order to have a nicer room with a view.)
I also did not like having to give the front desk person the room key (which I understand this to be a common practice in Europe for smaller hotesl) every time you leave. I have 2 reasons for this:1) The first day I arrived we slept through the day due to jet lag. There is only one maid on our floor, and the room was already made up when we arrived. At around 4 pm "someone" tried to come into our room and actually unlocked the door and came in the hallway until I awoke and told them that there were people in the room. When we went downstairs after we woke up the same person was at the front desk, so he would not have given our room to someone else. It made me wonder who was trying to come into our room while we were sleeping during the day since I assume they thought we were gone.2) If you want to go out at night near the Moulin Rouge to eat/drink, you'd have to press the bell and wake up the night desk guy. We did this 3 nights out of the 6 that we were there and felt bad each time...
Generally although I had an OK experience here, I would not recommend this hotel. If you can find a similar price closer to the center of Paris it might be a better choice for you. We did splurge and booked Le Meridien ahead of time and stayed there, which is 1 metro stop away from CDG Etoile (Arc de Triomphe). That location was very convenient to Paris center, as well as the train station (SNCF) to Versailles, which is located across the street. We were fortunate and got that room for $125/night. That means that if you get the Inter Roma for $75-$85 a night its really not that good of a deal. Just look around on the internet some more--good deals will come up. I kept wishing that I researched more before I chose this hotel as a part of a package. My suggestion is that you split up your trip between budget hotels like this one and nicer ones so as to enjoy the Parisien ambience...
One More thing--there are a couple of good bars around the area. Exit the hotel and turn right to cross the bridge over the cemetary. Turn left at first big intersection towards Moulin Rouge. The Irish Pub there is pretty big, no cover fee, plays good music and has a dance floor. The vibe was also better there than the "Locomotive" club which was next door. (Although I heard the Loco is a good club). For good eats, try Leon de Bruxelles for good mussels. The Crepe joint after bar-hopping is yummy too, and open late. Don't eat the brasserie next door to the crepe place. Shady food, bad wine, and weird music--expensive too.
TIP: If you do decide to stay here, make sure you verge left after going into the "exit" ramp coming from the metro. If you verge right you'll see a sign that says "102 steps" which precedes a long long spiraling staircase. If you verge left you'll see a nice shiny elevator. Take that instead...we didn't know this the first day and carried our luggage up the stairs (haha).
When you exit the metro station, turn left and walk up those stairs. At the top, turn left again and the hotel is 10 steps away. (I didn't know that either and ran up and down the hill looking for the right street because the map was wrong) Good luck!
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