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Hostelz.com's Review
Overall, OOPS! Boutique Hostel is a good hostel that's clean and tidy throughout. It also has a nice location.

The Location

The hostel feels slightly outside the city centre, enough so to be quiet, but also close enough to be easily connected to all the attractions of Paris. It is approximately a fifty-meter walk to the Les Gobelins Metro Station and a four-hundred-meter walk to the Place d'Italie Metro Station. Between these two stations, the metro lines 5, 6 and 7 are serviced, which (with connections) cover the whole of Paris. The hostel is easy to find from both Paris city and Charles de Gaulle Airport by taking a metro to either of the two stops mentioned previously, and walking along Avenue Des Gobelins. Within walking distance of the hostel are a cinema, cafés, restaurants (of different cuisines and price brackets), french bakeries, and pharmacies.

Rooms and Bathrooms

We stayed in a private room, which is extremely small, but we guess that is to be expected in Paris with "French-sized" beds. The room is very clean and the beds are made well. We initially thought the blankets were quite thin, but during the night it turned out that the heating in the room was very nice, so the blankets are more than adequate. The bathroom is a private en suite
for the room that is large and well equipped, with heated towel rails, a hairdryer, and power points. The bathroom (and the room for that matter) is very modern and well renovated, with up-to-date fixtures. The rooms are all located in a steep formation in a narrow building, but the hostel has both an elevator and wide stairs.

Common Spaces

There is one common area for the hostel, which is a combined kitchenette and dining area with a TV playing music videos and an outdoor patio for smoking. The area is quite small, so subsequently it is quite a subdued hostel and definitely not much of a party hostel. The people are friendly and hostel doesn't appear to attract creepy/sketchy types. In the common room there are also two computers available for use for free. There is also Wi-Fi access, which reaches throughout the whole hostel. Breakfast (also served for free) is offered in the common room; the spread -- not just a croissant and a coffee, as per many other European hostels -- is generous and more than adequate for a busy traveler.

Summary

This is definitely not a huge place (which can be a good thing) and doesn't have a big atmosphere for partying, but travelers there are friendly and we felt safe in the hostel and in the local area. Customer service was good -- not exceptional, though.

by Henry L
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
December 2013
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Perfect Everything was awesome. This was my favorite hostel I've stayed in -- and I've stayed in a lot. Free wi-fi and breakfast, super close to the metro. The decor is absolutely lovely and it's in a cute Haussmanian building (aka the classic Parisian buildings with the cute wrought-iron balconies). It was peaceful and quiet. And the location is fabulous; one minute away from the metro and in a great area (near Mouffetard, which is one of the most charming quarters of Paris). I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever except for the price, which was a bit high.  , age 21, USA ()
4   Clean, convenient location, nice staff There is no lock-out any more. My room was clean, quiet and even hat a view. Breakfast (served from 7h30 to 9h30 only) is a slice of baked up baguette, a croissant, some serials, and filter coffee. There are some computer to surf the net and WIFI in my room was ok too. Why i don't give 5 stars is that it is a big place, that is for my taste a bit too polished and is lacking atmosphere and the social life a hostel should include for my taste. For just a short night and a shower it absolutely ok.  , age 29, austria ()
1   Horrible I had found this hostel on a travel website for my 22 yr. old daughter to celebrate her bday in Paris. She said the staff was rude, the place was filthy, their reservations were all botched up, she saw her roommate's food that was left uneaten placed BACK on the buffet line. I don't think that she had anything stolen, but she may not be sure. I'm afraid to ask her about bites/bedbugs as the bed was dirty, there was no top sheet, and the only blanket that was provided was scratchy and covered with someone else's (NOT HERS!!!!) hairs. Gross, unsanitary, and less than 1 star!!!! DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!!!!!!  , USA ()
2   unacceptable response to problems with room both lights and the phone in our 4 bed dorm didn't work and the door didn't always lock when closed as it should.the staff member on duty was not able to fix the problem. we were told to report it to the manager via e-mail since she was not around yet 2 e-mails to them produced a sorry but nothing could be done to compensate for our inconvenience. needless to say we stayed elsewhere our second night.  , Canada ()
2   Cute but boring The staff at the hostel was not very helpful at all. Upon arrival they provided no advice about what to see, transportation, and did not even have a map to give us. The common room is just a couple of tables which do not even begin to seat all of the guests at breakfast time. The breakfast was not very good - a completely dried out baguette and croissant - but could be salvaged by eating cereal and drinking juice. The common bathrooms available for guests during lockout times are FILTHY - they do not seem to be able to flush and are constantly plugged and overflowing and are WAY to gross to even use. There is a daily lockout for cleaning but I don't think the bathroom in our room was cleaned more than once during our four day stay. The bunk beds are very flimsy and rock and creak with anyones slightest move. There is no social atmosphere to this hostel whatsoever and you are not even allowed to bring in outside alcohol so it is a completely dry hostel. The decor is pretty cool however and it seemed clean regarding sheets and rooms and such. Also the location was good because it is right by two metro stations, a bank, cheap food options, a grocery store, and you can walk to the river if you are feeling ambitious.  , Canada ()
3   OK... quiet We had a four person room with a private bathroom, the breakfast (included in the price) was the best we'd had, and the internet was free. However, it wasn't a good place to meet people -- it's a remodeled hotel so there are a lot of small rooms that hold four people. There's no kitchen to speak of (there's an area where they prepare breakfast but I don't think guests are allowed to use it) and the staff aren't very helpful. Also it's expensive and out water pressure was awful. Overall, it wasn't a particularly fun place, so if you're looking for a hostel where you're going to meet other people and hang out in the common room in the evening, I'd go elsewhere.  , USA ()
1   Oops is right This place was a nightmare. It started off ok, until our third day when our roommate had her mp3 player stolen. The four-hour lockout gives thieves a great chunk of time to rob you blind, as the cleaning staff props all the doors wide open. When she confronted the management she was told that Her roommates had stolen it (not true, as we were friends); She had lost it and blamed it on them; She had stolen it from herself and sold it on the street; Her roommates had stolen it and sold it on the street; She left the window open and someone climbed the side of the building and stole it (we were on the fourth floor with no balcony). The manager and her bimbo sidekick absolutely refused to acknowledge that her cleaning people might have taken it. She screamed in our faces, insulted us in French and would not even interview her staff to see if one of them had seen anything. She also insisted that she should have kept it in the communal safe in the lobby -- a fair point, until we later met a girl whose plane ticket and 1000 euros had been stolen out of the same safe. The decor is cute, the location not so bad, and the free breakfast and Wi-Fi tempting. But your belongings are not safe. Not to mention you're giving your money to a bunch of people who don't care about you or your happiness during your stay.  , United States ()
1   Awful Six friends and I went to Paris for a hen weekend and stayed at this hostel for two nights from 2nd may to 4th may 2008. On arrival at the hostel one of the staff informed us that we would be able to stay for the first night and not for the second because apparently we did not book our rooms in the correct way! We emailed the hostel (at there request as we were a group) back in December they confirmed our booking for (two four-bed dorms) and we paid a deposit. We again emailed two days before booking and they also confirmed the reservation. The staff at the hostel were not at all apologetic and actually were very rude. When we spoke to the manager they informed us that other than finding a new hostel/hostel to stay for the two nights we were able to have a four-bed dorm and double room with a mattress on the floor). If we were to find a new hostel/hotel they informed us that they would not give back out deposit. Again there were no apologies. We went out for the day expecting the mattress to be ready in the double room when we arrived back in the evening and of course it wasn't and had to ask them to place a mattress on the floor in the double room. The member of staff was again unhelpful. We were all determined to make the most of the weekend depsite the rocky start so we went out in the evening and came back to the hostel at approximately 12:30 a.m. None of us had any sleep during the night due to a group of school children knocking on people's doors, ringing the phones, and just generally being very noisy. The next morning there was no hot water and of course following a night of no sleep none of us were in particularly good moods. When we went to reception we informed the member of staff and again we had no apologies! We went out for day, came back to the hostel to discover the bathroom had not been cleaned and the shower mat (which was soaking from the shower on the previous night) was not changed. When i asked for a new mat and whether there was any hot water the member of staff was again extremely unhelpful and just shrugged her shoulders and rolled her eyes. Following a lovely evening out we arrived back at the hostel to find a group of school children (under age) drinking alcohol and having what seemed like a party with loud music in the breakfast area. One of the rules in the hostel was that alcohol was not permitted on the premises (lots of signs placed on the walls in the hostel and breakfast area particularly) and when we approached the member of staff at reception he said that he could not do anything. We were obviously concerned that again we would not get any sleep. This hostel was in good location, however the staff at this hostel were unapologetic, had poor customer service, and tried to make out that we had not booked the hostel correctly despite the fact we had (via email as requested on their website!). If anyone is considering staying at this hostel, then don't.  , Wales, UK ()
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