I had previously stayed in hotels in the 7th and 4th arrondissements, but this time I wanted something a little less touristy, but not too far out of the action.
I finally decided on the Hotel Taylor, mostly because of its locations near Canal St. Martin and because it was within a short walk of the Marais. Happily, it was everything that I had hoped for! The rooms are lovely, there was adequate room to stow my clothing and my suitcase and plenty of room in the bathroom for all of my things. I was a little surprised that the TV only got two channels - CNBC Europe and something from China. But it's not like I was there to watch TV.
The room is not decorated in a traditionally French style, to be honest, it looked kind of beachy to me, like something you'd see in the Hamptons. But it was very clean and the bed was quite comfortable. The wifi is free (they give you a password) and that was great because I could make Skype calls from my room. They don't have a common computer for guest use, so you need to have your own laptop or smartphone.
The highlight of this stay for me though, was the friendliness of the staff. Everyone speaks English and they are so kind and helpful! Diane, in particular, tried very hard to secure a dinner reservation for me and allowed me to store some perishable souvenirs in the hotel refrigerator. All in all, I was very satisfied and would definitely stay there again!
As an update, after going through my credit card company and showing them how misleading the website was, they refunded my deposit. I would avoid nevertheless
The rooms in this hotel are good: good beds, nice bathroom and clean, which is one of the most important things for me. The breakfast room looked very nice as well, although we didn't have breakfast in the hotel. The hallway on the other hand looked quit dirty. Location is okay.
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