Not the best location, unless you like prostitutes.
We stayed here for 2 nights on our babymoon/ early honeymoon. (I definitely recommend booking any and all hotels directly through their own website so that there's a better chance of getting upgrades/ freebies for special occasions.)
LOCATION: This hotel is located on a busy street next to the Metro. We constantly heard the roar of sirens and traffic (room 13, 1st floor, facing main street) and could literally spot multiple prostitutes from our window at almost any given time of day. We looked it up only after our first night because there were just so many, and found out that the area was known for "ladies of the night" that don't just come out during the night. Some were obvious and scantily dressed, while others looked like regular middle-aged moms. You could usually tell if they were prostitutes by the shoes they wore. They usually stood in one spot or in door ways for long periods of time. We watched them approach middle aged men walking by themselves and then disappear into the allies, all from our window.
In a matter of 48 hours, we also witnessed a younger guy tagging a wall across the street during the day (from our window), and a drug deal between a black man and a white man, just a few blocks down. The minority population is a lot higher in this area in comparison to other parts of Paris and you'll definitely notice when walking around.
With all that said, we were never approached or bothered by anyone on the street. We never felt unsafe walking, but we were always together. I wouldn't recommend this area to people traveling with kids though.
ROOM: Standard small size with an even smaller bathroom. You literally step in, and step out. The design of the shower let water spray through so our floors were always a little wet. Rooms come with nice TVs, minibar, blow dryer, safe, and a clock that is Iphone friendly. The bed was comfortable and sheets felt nice a clean. Unfortunately, not the quietest. We could always hear people in the hall and the fire alarm went off for a good 3-5 minutes straight right outside our room. For our room being non-smoking, it always smelled like smoke right when we entered, but nothing too unbearable.
After a certain time, you must be let in through the front doors by the front desk, and twice were we standing there, waiting to be let in. For being a bigger chained hotel, we were expecting the front desk help to be a little more friendly. They were definitely not the warmest and at the time of check-out, I was told we had to pay city taxes of almost 10 euro for staying only 2 nights. I booked through Priceline and even showed her the emails that said nothing of this additional fee, after she repeatedly claimed it did. We later figured out that the fee was already included with Priceline, but the hotel never charged us for it and expected us to pay the last day. A little hiccup, but I just didn't appreciate how the front desk was so certain that I was wrong. She never apologized, just said she understood how I could have misunderstood because nothing was written in the email or on Priceline's site.
Overall, the room and hotel itself were aesthetically appealing and very clean, but the location and the staff's lukewarm customer service will have us looking elsewhere. less
BWPMGB, Directrice at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Marais Grands Boulevards, responded to this review
First of all thank you for taking the time to review that very detailed about our hotel.
I think you have stayed a day when there was a particular animation to have seen so many things.
We are not responsable of great activity in the street at night but I assure you that the neighborhood is very secure.
We have a local tax has to pay for the city of paris our customers have to pay and that is mentioned when making your reservation.
We are glad you enjoyed your room and the hotel
We hope to see you very soon for you leave a better picture of our hotel.