Review - Smart Place Paris
Located on the outskirts of Paris about 20 minutes from the city center lies a little gem called the 18th Arrondissement. This neighborhood is home to the Parisien district of Montemarte, which has quickly become one of our favorite areas of the city. Bars and restaurants are packed until late with locals drinking and socializing and enjoying the incredible view of Sacre Coeur on the top of the mountain. In the middle of all of this hustle and bustle lies Smart Place Paris.
A member of the Hip Hop Hostels group, Smart Place is just 10 minute walk from Gare du Nord, which is a major train and subway hub and can quickly get you into the center of Paris and all around the city. Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur are both a short 15 minute walk from the hostel, so there's always something to do.
When we arrived at Smart Place, we were greeted by Chloe at the front desk. She was super helpful and informative and quickly got us set up in our room. We had a 3-person private room on the 6th floor and, while the room was a little smal, our view of the street was incredible. We had an ensuite bathroom with a spacious shower and plenty of locker and closet space. Linens were included, which is always a welcome amenity when you're traveling on a budget. There were laundry services available for 15 Euros. Unfortunately, the wifi all the way up on the top floor was a little spotty, but we just went down into the common area to use it.
The hostel provided a stocked kitchen, outdoor terrace, and common area with foosball, but to be honest we were too busy stuffing ourselves with croissants to cook on our own. Their daily breakfast was located right around the corner at Hotel Avalon and included meats, cheese, pastries, and cereal for a small additional fee. Definitely a great deal and a filling meal for us!
Overall, the location of Smart Place Paris cannot be beat! Montemarte is such a fun district and we really loved being able to stroll the streets and quickly make it back to our hostel. The staff was incredibly friendly and we really enjoyed our stay here!
Cleanliness - 8/10
Comfort - 7/10
Location - 9/10
Amenities - 6/10
Overall - 7/10