Hotel de Roubaix - Paris 2 star unusual hotel
A very unusual and quirky family run 2 Star hotel with small but clean en suite bedrooms decorated with pop art, fun designs, bright colours and many references to comics and fictional characters, plus there is a piano in the lobby area, free WiFi and a continental breakfast buffet served daily.
About Hotel de Roubaix
Located within the 3rd Arrondissement of Paris only around 100 metres from the Musee des Arts et Metiers, the Hotel de Roubaix has been a hotel since 1861 and was taken over by the Coineau family in 1967, although today it is their son Christophe who is in charge.
Christophe Coineau is a renowned accordionist, and being a musician at heart, it is no wonder that there is a piano within the lobby area on the ground floor, and if you are lucky, you may get to hear some very talented pianists including his friend Pieter, or even Christophe playing himself.
When it comes to the decor, this has been envisioned by a Belgian friend Pieter where you will discover extremely bright colours such as the reception area in bright yellow, or fluorescent green in the area where the piano is located.
The reception itself is manned 24 hours a day by friendly helpful staff able to speak English as well as French, plus you will often get greeted by one of their friendly small dogs, and many staff have worked at the hotel for well over a decade or longer.
There is a breakfast room come relaxation area, again in bright colours where you will also find different board games such as chess and monopoly, books for both children and adults plus even a children's sit on toy car. Yet when it comes to breakfast itself, this is served buffet style within the breakfast room and includes, bread, croissants, jams, eggs, cheese, fruit, cereals, hot beverages and fruit juice, etc.
The Hotel de Roubaix has a theme based upon fictional characters from comics and movies, such as Spiderman, Superman, Betty Boop, Astrerix, and many others along with a theatrical theme as well, so you will find items like top hats, traditional eye masks and numerous other prints, pictures and posters such as one of The Simpsons and others of TinTin, etc.
There is a spiral staircase with wrought iron railings and gilded accents, with the start of it by the reception matching the gilded mirror and chairs, yet you may be pleased to know that there is a small lift, or elevator, which makes getting your luggage to the room easier.
You will find that not only is the Hotel de Roubaix family friendly, it is also a pet friendly hotel in Paris, and other services that they provide includes luggage storage for those of you leaving later or arriving earlier than check in time, free WiFi throughout the hotel, a safety deposit box at reception, fax and photocopying services, plus a vending machine for soft drinks.
Rooms at the Hotel de Roubaix
As you can no doubt imagine, being that this is an old building, the rooms etc at this 2 Star in Paris are all different in their shape, style and layout, yet have been transformed into the quirky, fun and unusual theme.
Each of the rooms at the Hotel de Roubaix is very different, but all come with a small en suite bathroom, either with a bath or shower, a wardrobe, personal safe and a flat screen TV with Satellite channels, plus there is free WiFi and some rooms have a desk or table and chairs.
There are single and double rooms, but being a family friendly hotel, there are also triple rooms available, again each with a different theme and utilising bright, or even fluorescent colours, playful prints, etc, which makes this a very unusual hotel in Paris, but a joy to many, including children.
Access to the Hotel de Roubaix
When it comes to getting to this 2 Star unusual hotel via public transport in Paris, you will find that there are two Metro stations within close proximity, which are the Reaumur - Sebastopol stop serving Lines 3 and 4 or the Arts et Metiers stop serving Lines 3 and 11.
There are actually two bus stops even closer to the Hotel de Roubaix where you can access Bus Lines 20 and 38 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N12, N13, N14 and N23. Yet still within easy walking distance, there are lines 29 and 75.
As for the RER trains, you are also within walking distance of Les Halles and in the Chatelet - Les Halles stop, which is heading in the direction of the River Seine, serves the RER A, B and D lines, making this hotel easily accessible from airports as well as getting to many other tourist attractions in Paris.