The Best Western Select Hotel in Boulogne-Billancourt can probably be best described as ‘basic’. It’s a place to sleep. A step up from a YHA ... but not a big step up. In fact, I've stayed at youth hostels that are significantly better.
I’m not sure if it’s indicative of the entire hotel, but the room that I stayed in (room 3) is VERY small. There’s just about enough room for a double bed (I would estimate that it was queen sized) with a little room for one person to walk around it. It had a tiny en-suite bathroom that had a sink, toilet and (small) bath. The bath had a shower attachment, but no shower curtain so it’s a ‘sit down’ shower’. There was a table in the room and just enough room to sit in a seat (pushed hard against the bed) and do a little work.
When I first entered the room … it was very hot. There was a temperature control unit on the wall, and since the hotel claimed it had A/C, I tried it. It didn’t work, so I opened a window. Luckily, it was a cool evening in Paris so the room did begin to drop in temperature. If it’d been a hot night I think that it would have been very uncomfortable in there.
The general décor is what I would describe as … shabby. Not shabby chic, just shabby. It looks as if it was last refurbished in the 70’s, and it really needs a thorough update. Everything is old, cracked, and chipped. The view from my room was a wall with a big silver pipe going up it and some kind of mechanical apparatus directly outside of the window.
The room came with a kettle, one mug, a couple of sachets of instant coffee and a tea bag together with some sugar and creamer. I tried the coffee, I can’t remember what brand it was, but it was pretty awful.
The rooms have poor sound proofing and you can hear everybody around you. Also, for some reason, my room must’ve been near some kind of water tank because every 10-15 minutes there was a sudden sound of rushing water. Kind of like a toilet flushing. I am soooooooo grateful that I found some earplugs in my bag or else I would have had no sleep.
A final point, I made the mistake of having breakfast at the hotel. There really wasn’t much. Some cereal, a bowl of fruit cocktail, a few pastries, some ham and cheese, juice and a roll. Didn’t even have any croissants! Everything was clearly mass produced with nothing fresh and the breakfast room was (like everything else in the hotel) small and cramped. Thankfully, there was only one other person in the room. This breakfast cost me €15. It was not worth it.
Overall, this is a sad little hotel. less