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“Terrible. Apparently 3 stars means something different in Paris”
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Hotel Caravelle
Ranked #1,201 of 1,804 Hotels in Paris
Reviewed 27 July 2011

I've been to Paris several times and this is by FAR the worst hotel I've stayed in. While the staff at the front desk were nice and there was free wifi,the rooms were disgusting. The beds were terrible-typical no box spring, two twins pushed together-rickety with springs poking out, ancient linens and bedspreads that looked like they'd be used for decades. Sad little hospital style TV. Location is right in Pigalle and on a very busy loud street. The room was hot so we had to sleep with the window open but it was so loud we barely got any sleep at all. No air or fan so having the window open was the only option. Bathroom was gross-toilet ran all night and didn't flush properly, shower was tiny, water pressure kind of sucked. Fine for a two star hotel but NOT a 3 star hotel. Used to trust Priceline's rating system but will be SURE to check here before booking again.

Room Tip: Book directly and not through priceline as the priceline price was NOT cheaper.
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

A pleasant place on an interesting street. Yes, the rooms are small but small rooms are the norm for Paris hotels. Our was very clean and quiet, had a private bathroom (unusual for the price), and looked out on the courtyard through tall windows and pots of red geraniums. The Wifi is free and the connection works well in the room - just ask for the code at the front desk. Lots of cafes and restaurants open on to the park just down the hill and excellent bus, the #67, stops right in front of the hotel. Got this hotel on Priceline and I'm glad I did.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Gradivo
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

We Pricelined a 3 star hotel in the Montmartre region and wound up at the Exclusive Hotel Caravelle. I guess this i what I get for Pricelining. Very underwhelming, easily the least nice place we stayed in France.

It wasn't horrible, it just had basically zero charm. Pros: great location (just a block from the Pigalle metro stop, easy walk up the hill into Montmartre proper, tons of other nice/cute stuff for PIgalle/Montmartre neighborhoods just outside the door), free wifi, very nice people work @ the desk (our first stop in France, and already busting the myth that French people aren't nice) and they speak English if you need. Cons: elevator is probably the smallest you have ever been in (it can fit two very close people and maybe their bags) and covered with '70s style airport Ramada carpeting on the walls, room is clean enough, but pretty barren, no electrical sockets (had to unplug the lamp to plug in phone), paper thin walls (could literally hear people breathing next door), no safe in room (in their defense, almost nowhere I stayed in France had this), and our toilet continually ran/broke.

Also, we faced a somewhat cute/somewhat depressing courtyard, from which we could hear one guy snoring (so loud) every night and another guy coughing his brains out and blowing his nose.

In short, the location is great and the people are nice, which is saying a lot. But I'm pretty sure with even the slightest amount of work you could find something nicer for the price. God I hope you can. I mean, they give you the remote to your sad little TV stuck up in the corner of the room like at a hospital and tell you that if you don't return that remote when you leave you aren't properly checked out. I felt like I was Tom Hanks in Big when he first takes that horrible room in NYC.

Seriously, I need someone to explain the hotel star rating system in France because we stayed at several two stars that were handily nicer than this one. Don't get it.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank hrhuntington
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Reviewed 23 February 2011

i stayed there in 1991,frist time on my own, can not remember what room but think 3 floor very small room, went to bed around 1 am woke up to go the loo and seen a old lady sitting on the end of my bed, just walked to the loo shut the door ,then opened it and she was still there, as i made my way to her she just vanished spooky .never been back. am i the only one to see her.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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2  Thank parisfilms
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

We stayed here for a few days in October 2010. The hotel is in a good location, close to Pigalle metro station and within walking distance to Montmartre. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby and the Gare du Nord was quite close if arriving by Eurostar.

The hotel is small and a little run-down. The room was quite small, although the bed was big and fairly comfortable. Our room overlooked a courtyard at the back, which wasn't particularly scenic, but it was mostly quiet at night. The bathroom was strange as, although it had a bath (with hand-held shower) and bidet, the toilet was on the other side of the room in a small cupboard. It had no window or extractor fan and the whole layout was awkward.

We used Booking.com for this holiday, and the descriptions on the website are somewhat wide of the mark. Our room looked nothing like the photos and there is no bar. We ate breakfast out every day so can't comment on that.

In all. the Caravelle is quite good value, and in a central location, but the photos must have been taken some years ago, and the amenities aren't as advertised.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sandi09
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Address: 68, rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Opera / Bourse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #1,201 of 1,804 Hotels in Paris
Price Range: $115 - $233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Caravelle 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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