Located about a 3-minute walk from Voltaire Metro Station and a 7-minute drive from Paris' city centre, Au Royal Mad Hotel is geared towards pedestrian travellers who require an economical and centrally located hotel with easy access to public transit.
Each of the hotel's guest rooms includes a shared bathroom, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a sink and a desk. Rooms with a microwave and a mini-fridge are also available upon request.
Please note that the hotel does not offer wheelchair-accessible rooms and does not have an elevator or air conditioning.
The hotel offers 24-hour front desk service and breakfast is available for a surcharge. While on-site parking is not offered, public parking is available nearby (charges apply).
Pere Lachaise Cemetery is about a 13-minute walk from the hotel, while Centre Commercial offers shopping 10 minutes away by car. Notre Dame Cathedral is roughly an 11-minute drive away and Paris Orly Airport (ORY) is a 25-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's rates, location, staff and rooms.
Numerous patrons complimented the hotel's rates. They were found to be budget friendly, inexpensive and cost effective.
The hotel's location was praised by many guests, who described it as safe, and close to public transit, Place de la Bastille, restaurants, a supermarket, shopping, Pere Lachaise Cemetery and Notre Dame Cathedral. One patron noted, "Near the Metro stations: Voltaire, Bréguet-Sabin and Bastille. So, is easily reachable by subway to any part of Paris".
Several reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay. They characterized the staff as helpful, friendly and attentive.
Several lodgers enjoyed their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean and well equipped, with comfortable beds. The shared washrooms were also described as clean and well equipped, with free toiletries. It should be mentioned, however, that a few travellers were disappointed with their lodgings (see below).
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the lack of elevator, noise transfer and the rooms.
The hotel's lack of elevator was an issue for some reviewers. They reported carrying their heavy luggage up several flights of steep stairs, and recommended a different hotel for those with mobility issues.
Some lodgers complained of noise disturbances during their stay. They reported noise from guests in adjacent rooms and the hallways late at night, as well as street noise.
Although the majority of travellers were satisfied with their clean and comfortable rooms, some guests criticized their lodgings. They reported small and sparse rooms and weak Wi-Fi signals (especially on the upper floors). Some guests would have preferred en suite washrooms.
guest reviews rated the hotel 7.6 out of 10 from 1,390 reviews.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #44 of 95 Paris B&B and Inns with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 54 reviews.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5 with an 88% recommendation rate from 26 reviews.