The choice of hotel in Paris was based on 2 factors – had to be in the city and ‘reasonably priced’ by French standards. Other than the Inns, the highest-rated option I found was, Ibis Paris Montmartre 18éme. Well, it was an Ibis!!
The location was quite good — 200m from the nearest metro station and walking distance from Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, with enough choice of restaurants and fast-food joints nearby.
Got a decent deal @ € 79 without breakfast… but the ‘standard’ room was really small. With suitcases on the ground, it was a huge challenge to just walk inside. The worst part was that the air-conditioning was not working and surprisingly – NO CHARGING point in the room. We looked around everywhere and the only point we found was the one in the bathroom for electric shavers which did not allow even charging of phones. Upon inquiring at the reception, was told I could charge at the common area or at the charging point for a ridiculous price of something like €4 for 90 mins. Can you believe that? I have never come across a hotel where they don’t have a single charging point and on top of it, charge for using charging points!!! Many people say that a lot of things about Paris is ridiculous. I believe them on this!! It just spoilt the whole start of our vacation — I was always on the look-out for charging points at the reception, at restaurants where we had lunch and dinner etc. Upon giving the feedback, we got a lame excuse that there were apparently 2 points in every room, which for some reason was invisible to me and not known to the reception staff !!! Pathetic customer service.
The food options are very good nearby the Hotel Ibis … you have on the right, sharing the wall with Novotel, Flunch – highly recommended for really low cost, unlimited food (though not all that great in taste); KFC; Burger joints, Italian and other restaurants. Turn left and cross the bridge, you reach the Montmartre area which has excellent restaurants and Brasserries… including Le Pain Quotidien. A little ahead, you hit the beautiful Montmartre village, highly recommended for a walk to the Sacré-Cœur church.
Did not try the breakfast at €9 at Hotel Ibis, as the Montmartre village offers excellent options at similar or lower prices. Wifi is available free (yes!!) in the hotel, although the signal is quite poor in the room. Rooms facing the cemetery are quite and peaceful. Again, the hotel is fairly close to the Gare du Nord station and other major attractions.
Last Word: Would avoid the same in future as I am sure the Inns etc. would offer better amenities at similar price.