Hotel Absolute Hotel 2 star
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1 Rue De La Fontaine Au Roi Paris, France -
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A stunning establishment featuring very stylish retro decor. It is a suitable base for both those travelling alone and those travelling in small groups, providing dormitory room accommodation with toilet facilities.

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    Location 6.2 /10

    15/20 Just a three-minute walk from the Place de la République, the Absolute enjoys a very desirable location. Given the relatively low prices charged, and consequently the clientele of primarily young international adventurers, it is to be expected that the nearby lively districts of Bastille, Oberkampf and the little backstreets of Marais are very popular destinations for stepping out to party of an evening. If culture is more your thing, head to the Opera Garnier, or another of the capital's unmissable legendary locations, such as the Place de la Concorde, the Champ de Mars or the Eiffel Tower, all of which can be accessed directly by metro. The Saint-Martin canal runs at the end of the street, its famous arched bridges inviting you to take a stroll along the water's edge.

    Accommodation 6.20 /10

    The guest rooms at the hotel feature the same retro chic decor as the communal areas of the property, offering a subtle mix of retro wallpapers with black floral motifs seemingly dripping from the walls, giving a chic and trendy feel, and parts of the walls painted in more dynamic and modern tones, such as flashy apple greens and striking pinks. Most of the rooms feature elegant parquet flooring, which really tempts you to walk around barefoot, daydreaming. Up on the top floor you'll find beautiful double rooms, with not an inch of black floral wallpaper in sight. These rooms are certainly more sober but then they are tucked up in the attic space, the ceilings revealing a wonderful raw wooden frame. The bathrooms are well-maintained and feature a mixture of white and grey tiling, giving them an undoubtedly more classic feel than the bedrooms. The ambience in the hotel is very relaxed and friendly, which is reflected in the drawings produced by the children of the young manageress that adorn the walls of the breakfast room, putting everyone in a good mood to start their stay.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The Absolute is part of the Hostels network of private youth hostels, making it one of the few establishments in Paris which can accommodate groups in rooms with bunkbeds, rather like high-quality dormitories with private bathrooms. The hotel also has some fifteen or so double rooms and single rooms to cater for couples or those who wouldn't dream of sleeping in a dormitory. The low prices of the rooms also encourage students and young, not-so-well-off people wishing to discover Paris, to stay here, making this a happy little hostel where you'll hear all kinds of languages spoken - perfect for making some international friends! With regards to decor, once you get past the anonymous façade you'll find yourself in a highly original gem of a place, with a beautiful staircase complete with a wrought-iron guardrail, noble wooden landings and corridors, reddish-purple wall-papered walls featuring floral motifs and flowing and enchanting arabesques. You might almost expect to see a cabaret dancer descending the stairs into these very stylish retro chic surroundings. The breakfast room, for its part, is certainly not short of charm, tucked away in the cellar beneath a beautiful stone archway. In short, this hotel is a million miles from the image people generally form of dusty and poorly-decorated youth hostels.

    Equipment

    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Safe

    advantage

    • Dormitory accommodation available for groups.
    • Astoundingly original decor
    • The young and friendly welcome

    disadvantages

    • Only 6 TV channels

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