(Note: I wanted to “touch and go” regarding our accommodation in Paris, but it got longer and longer, and then I decided that it might as well be a post on its own.)
While in Paris, we stayed at Timhotel, which was ridiculously overpriced, most probably because of its location. Most of the attractions were within walking distance. The Lourve was literally across the street! Champs-Élysées was around the corner! Restaurants everywhere!
It felt like the equivalent of Central in Hong Kong, City Hall in Singapore, or Grand Central Station in New York City, so pretty much everything else was a quick metro ride away, and it was all rather convenient.
Our room, however, was a different story. I’d like to think that we’re not too picky when it comes to hotels. After all, it’s just a place to store our things, and somewhere to shower and sleep. Safety, convenience, and cleanliness aren’t too much to ask for, right?
It was a horrible experience. The light was so dim, the room was barely lit. Even then, it couldn’t disguise the fact that the furniture was old and worn, and not very clean. The bathroom was insanely small, and this is coming from someone who’s used to Hong Kong’s infamously cramped apartments!
Seriously, the sink was so tiny, there was barely any space for our toiletries. Most infuriating of all, the shower curtain refused to stay put and insisted on swaying around, which defeated its purpose entirely because then the rest of the bathroom became wet and slippery.
Several things weren’t provided, such as shampoo or bath gel, and I had to buy some from Franprix (or Monoprix, can’t remember which) after we ran out. For the price that we paid, I definitely expected more. For that amount, one could easily stay at a four-star hotel in Hong Kong or Singapore, with all the works.
Is that an unfair comparison? Maybe. Do take note, it was far more expensive than the hotels we stayed at while in Amsterdam and Rome, and they too had prime locations in their respective cities. While I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in those hotels and would definitely consider returning, Timhotel was an absolute disappointment.
On the other hand, we’ve only ever experienced one hotel in Paris, and I have absolutely no idea how other hotels in the area compare. We might take a chance and try AirBnB in the future, but honestly , that next time will be years from now, so it’s too soon to decide.
Alright, rant over. Stay tuned for the next post, which should be up later today!