MIJE Hostel - Fourcy


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6 Rue de Fourcy, 4è - Marais, París, Isla de Francia, Francia
48.854791, 2.359184 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+33 (0)1 42 74 23 45
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I spent a few nights at this Hostel in March of 2007. I had a two-bed loft attic room with a great view of the courtyard. I thought it was clean and enjoyed my baguette, Juice, and Coffee in the AM. I plane to stay there again when I visit this coming March.
Not so great
I actually stayed in the Fauconnier the first night and the Fourcy the last two nights. Even though I had booked months in advance, they had me in a different room every night, and the last night they made a last-minute room change without informing me until the same evening. The front desk staff in general are not nice or helpful, though one or two of them are more polite than the rest. The bathrooms are pretty horrible, with a half-sized swing-door being the only thing that separates your naked self from the rest of the world. The showers don't have curtains to block them from the rest of the bathroom, and the shower heads are ancient and in poor repair so most of your shower ends up all over the bathroom floor. They don't have lockers in the rooms so you have to trek your stuff up and down the stairs every day to lock things up in the luggage room, which was not actually locked for about half the time I was there. The rooms are unbearably hot, even at night, though I suspect it's that way at most hostels in Paris during the summer. I would not recommend a stay at this hostel to my enemies, let alone my friends.
I stayed here in the 1970.s. We slept sixteen in a room. We all shared one toilet. You kept your money and passport in your sock while you slept. Breakfast, served in the courtyard, was a stale roll and a bowl of coffee to dunk it in. When we didn't make it back for curfew we roamed the streets and slept under Pont Neuf with a load of other vagabonds. We were in the center of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we met people from all over the world who had stories to tell and a drink to share. Nowadays I am a successful person who stays at the Marriott or the Hilton. I would trade all of their comforts for another night at 6 Rue de Fourcy. This was not a honeymoon hotel or a place to take the wife and kids. This place was (and possibly still is) an adventure and a chance to meet other adventurous travelers. I have a hundred stories to tell about Fourcy. Nowadays it's a story if I get a chocolate on my pillow. Forget the reviews and the people who need extra pillows and free shampoo. Go there and place your hands on those big doors that were there before the French Revolution and count yourself lucky that you got there before the place becomes another cog in the wheels of consumerism.
George Orr
(Scotland now USA)
Excellent value
I picked the MIJE hostels for a long weekend stay based on complaints about the "quiet" -- I'm using the hostel for sleep, so quiet is the watchword! The MIJE facilities are all quite impressive -- renovated ancient buildings in the heart of the 4th, steps from the bustling rue de Rivoli. The price is as reasonable as you're likely to get in Paris, and includes sheets and breakfast. The Fourcy location, in particular, was impressive. While the lack of elevator made for some puff-heavy ascents, the rooms were clean, neat, and thoughtfully laid out. Beds were far enough away from each other that you could have a semblance of personal space, and each had its own reading light. The rooms I was in were all split in some way, so even sharing a "room" with 8 people meant it only felt like 4. The showers and toilets were in the rooms, but far enough away that you heard very little outside running water. The people sharing my room were all friendly without being intrusively so, and there were common areas where people could sit and mingle if they so desired. My only real complaint with the MIJE setup is that they often do some juggling of their reservations. Everyone I spoke to had been shuffled into a different room every night so school groups could be accommodated, or the single-sex dorms maintained. I was shuffled into three rooms (and two buildings!) in three nights. People staying for any length of time won't be able to create a sense of "home", and it makes for a lot of pack-lugging.
  I have very high standards and this hostel met them all. I stayed here for four nights in December 2006 -- over the Christmas holidays. It is a clean, safe, quiet hostel in an incredible location -- five minutes to Notre Dame and the Crypts and the Deportee Memorial, in the heart of the Marais, around the corner from the Shoah Memorial, easy access to the metro, down the street from a great little market with an orange-squeezing machine so for just 2 euros you can round out your hostel breakfast of baguette, croissant, coffee, and hot chocolate. I can't recommend it highly enough.
  So, on our last night in Paris, we booked this hostel. We entered the room and everything was fine. My girlfriend and I booked a room on the second floor and the view was great, but alas, not all is roses at this place. When you book this place be sure that you know what you're getting. Apparently, a single room is one person although in your reservation the form says "person(s)." I thought that meant a small bed and an addtional charge (in this case the membership) for each additional person. We walked in later that night (i'd say about 11) and I showed the guard my key and he waved me in. About twenty minutes later we get a knock on the door saying that the room was for one person even though the sign at the desk does not explicitly say ONE person. According to the guard, our options were as follows -- leave, have one of us stay in a dorm room, or have him call the police and have them resolve the issue! I wish I was joking. We argued for twenty minutes (he rudely stating that having us in a single room was illegal and we demanding to speak to management [no one was apparently available]) and finally he let us stay in our room as originally paid for. Simply amazing! So, if you do would like to try out this place, word of advice beware.
  We stayed for six nights last February, and it was an excellent choice. The location is unbeatable, the place is well kept, everything's clean (including the non-enclosed W.C., which was my main concern before getting there). The historic building is a nice touch of atmosphere. Even the breakfast was nice for its standard. The stuff was friendly, though I did try my broken French with them, so I don't know what happens in English-only communucation. Trying to think of drawbacks -- the hostel is a bit group-oriented, so there are no public area to speak of (well, I guess in warmer seasons the courtyard is handy) -- it's not a place to hang out and meet people. There were school groups staying there at the time, and that amounted to the expected level of noise, but we did sleep well in nights. The lockout and curfew hours might bother some. You will have to do some stair climbing with your suitcase. But the bottom line is that if you come to see Paris and you're looking for a nice, safe, central place, I certainly recommend MIJE Fourcy.
  What more can I say? What more can any traveller to Paris want? The few days spent at Le Fourcy will stay long in my memory.
Stephen Chin

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