"Decent, but not ideal"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Aug 2, 2012
It's great if saving money is what you really need to do. The apartment itself was decently sized for European standards, and we loved having a kitchen and being able to cook. The room, however, REEKED of cigarette smoke, and opening the balcony door didn't help or oculdn't be done much because there were so many other smokers. Also, either there was no air conditioning or ours didn't work. It seemed like the thermostat included AC, but it never happened for us. The reception area is only open during certain hours - if you arrive outside of the hours you have to have call them, and good luck finding a payphone if you are an international traveler with no cell. It's a bit of a hike from anywhere you want to be, but you can take the Metro to within a reasonable distance. When we arrived, we just walked from Lille Flandres, but it was further than it seemed and we regretted it. When we left, we took the Metro. The nearest market we saw was the Carrefour near the Lille Flandres train station, which is quite a hike with heavy groceries. So we just bought small amounts of food each day, rather than making one large trip the first day. Neighborhood was clean and safe. I'd stay closer to "old city" if I had more money, but for the young/healthy/walking/penny-pinching population, the location is livable.