Hotel Review: Campanile Hotel

Paris has always been in my mind, especially the sparkling bright lights of the Eiffel Tower and the stories about romance and romantic getaways in this city. To be honest, I don’t know so much about Paris except for the image of the Eiffel Tower and the city’s perennial association to love.
Two months ago, I was able to have the oppurtunity to have my dreams realized. It started from booking a ticket a month before the trip in March and a hotel two weeks before we are actually going to spend the weekend there. Our hotel of choice was Hotel Campanile.
We are really on a budget since there has been a lot of other expenses the previous month so we were looking for a hotel that fits our budget. After weeks of searching for one that is suitable for our budget, we agreed to book at the Hotel Campanile in Boulevard Berthier.
Booking for a room was very easy online. We booked at which only took about 10 minutes to complete the total transaction. They sent us all the details, costs of the hotel and additional expenses should we prefer other services like internet, extra bed, parking, etc. They even had a direction to the hotel emailed to us.
Checking In
We arrived at the hotel already late, around 8.30PM and very very tired so the last thing we would want is a hassle in booking. Thank heavens that the hotel staff is very cooperative.
The front desk person that night, a friendly chubby guy with understandable English (and he did tried talking English to us as much as he can) confirmed our reservation. Unfortunately my boyfriend’s credit card didn’t work with their system. Hungry and really yearning for food, we asked the guy if its ok to just pay later in cash since we dont have enough money. Without hesitation, he gave us the key so we can deposit our things in our room and go for food first and then withdraw money afterwards.
Room Impression and Experiences
The room that we chose EUR65 per night, a one-bed for two person room. I must say that compared to the ones I was used to, the room is a bit smaller, only enough for the bed, a table near the window for the coffee pot, magazines, and some writing materials, a bedside table and the cabinet. There’s not so much room for walking around and if you will bump into each other if youre in the same corner at the same time. On the good side, you can”t say anything bad about the cleanliness and organization of the room.
I find the bathroom very nice, spacious and very clean. There are the usual needs like bathrobes, set of towels, and soaps but no toothpaste or toothbrush so we still need to buy those things for another EUR12 in the vending machine downstairs. There is a bath tub and that is a plus point for me because I like soaking in hot water after a very tiring day. It was very useful after one whole day of walking around downtown Paris.
By the way, they dont replace your soaps (although its enough for a week) because of some “green policy” of the hotel.
There are coffee (bad ones) and tea sachets are provided and replenished everyday but the cups are made of plastics. I think there was only one cup that is made of glass and they do not replace that so it was a bit of a disappointment. We have to bear holding hot plastic cups when we want to sip coffee in our bed. There isn’t enough room (only one chair) near the table so it’s not really cosy to drink coffee in the table especially in the morning (that’s the first thing we do when we wake up).
The cabinet is spacious enough for a lot of clothes, even for a whole two weeks of wardrobe.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s lounge area is decent enough, with couches of different colour that brightens up the rather gloomy athmosphere of the area. I don’t like the lighting so much, I think they should vamp up their lounge area so it should be more inviting.
Even if we took the non-smoking room, which was their fault by the way because we prefered the smoking floor, there’s still a distinguisable smell of cigarettes, which is probably from other rooms. There’s also a funny smell in the floor which I didnt pay so much attention because we were always out anyway,
We didnt take the rate with breakfast so I couldn’t say much about the food.
Over-all, I give Hotel Campanile in Boulevard Berthier 6 out of 10. It’s not the cheapest hotel in Paris by the way, and I am not sure about its star ratings but if you are on a budget and you want a decent hotel in a not so noisy location, I will recommend this to you.
Contact Details:
Campanile Paris Boulevard Berthier
Address: Boulevard Berthier – Paris 75017 – France