Moxy Paris Bastille : very basic

After moving to London, I have to travel to Paris almost every week to continue running my business. The confinements, curfews and various travel restrictions in force at the time severely restricted my business trips to Paris.

Nevertheless, I manage to come 3 days before the 2020 holiday season. I’ll fly to Paris, take the Eurostar back and stay at the Moxy Bastille.

Booking

I made the reservation a few days before my stay. In this time of pandemic, Parisian choices at Marriott are limited, and prices not so sweet. So I chose the Moxy Paris Bastille, a hotel I’d been wanting to try for quite some time, for €73 a night including breakfast.

Arrival

I arrive at the hotel just before 8pm, after spending 1h45 in traffic jams from CDG. The welcome is quite good. A few days before my arrival, I had asked my Ambassador to notify the hotel of my arrival, following problems with my name change on my Marriott Bonvoy account.

This was well taken into account by the hotel, which upgraded me to a triple room a few days before my arrival.

My room key is quickly handed to me and I head towards it.

Room

My room was located on the 8th and top floor of the property.

At Moxy, as in all budget hotels nowadays, the corridor lights only switch on when guests pass by, but, like everywhere else, they are a little slow to switch on, creating a few scares in the dark at times.

My room is at the end of the corridor.

A deep cigarette smell is immediately detectable.

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An armchair is installed there without much interest

Despite the upgrade, the room is still very small. A single bed is arranged along the corridor, with a double bed next to it. A balcony is available for summer use.

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The very, very small bedroom
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A TV faces the bed
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The balcony, but too cold to use it

The desk is reduced to its simplest form, as always at Moxy.

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Not even a chair to sit in at the desk

The bathroom is a decent size, and the shower has good pressure. However, the hot water takes a few long minutes to arrive, which is inconvenient when you’re in a hurry in the morning.

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The bathroom was quite pleasant
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The shower is fairly spacious and has good pressure, but the hot water takes a long time to arrive.

To finish, a video tour:

Hotel facilities

The hotel has a fitness room, which I will not use this time.

Food options

As in every Moxy, the lobby has an islet divided between restaurant, bar and reception.

This one will be no exception, and serves cooked dishes in the evening, has a bar (not sure it operates, even for hotel guests). I won’t try the Moxy’s gastronomy, but I will enjoy a few bottles of water on my return from the office, after some long meetings.

I’ll also have breakfast. In this Moxy, it’s reduced to its simplest form: pastries baked on the premises, Nespresso coffee and orange juice (not fresh). Acceptable, but I’ve seen better in a Moxy.

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Breakfast reduced to its simplest form

Departure

Check-out formalities will be simplified as I’ll be using Mobile Check-out, and will receive the invoice within the day (I had to request it via chat).

Bottom line

A very average stay, but the price is excellent for this downtown hotel.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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