has anyone heard of them? http://www.hotelformule1.com/formule1/index.html
seems decent, rather inexpensive too, but i'm kind of concerned about the locations.
is Barking, London very far away from central london? accessible by tube? how long would the journey be, if so?
similarly, is Ave de la Porte de Châtillon, Paris far away from central Paris or the Montmartre area? accessible by the metro? how long would the journey be, if so?
I stayed in a couple of the Hotel Formule1 when I was travelling about France... they were always clean, neat and not too expensive. The only downside is that being a 'cookie-cutter' chain, they completely lacked soul.
Depends on your reason for travelling, but I prefer the vibe of hostels to meet fellow travellers. If you're after a bit more privacy and not too concerned about meeting people, then yeah, the Hotel Formule1 are a good way to go.
I have also stayed in these hotels.
They are safe, clean and cheap. However, the rooms themselves are a bit like a caravan.
The prices are low as they are are often not located very centrally.
Barking is in East London in Zone 4. This means it would be about 20 - 30 minutes from the West End.
Agree with what has been said previously. Formule 1 hotels are clean, unexpensive but don't have a soul. Generally these are located on the side of motorways and are not easily accessible unless you have a car.
Av de la Porte de Chatillon is in southern Paris not very far from a tube station and 30-45min from Montmartre approximatively. I suspect that the Formule 1 is on the side of the périphérique (Paris orbital motorway). It is probably ok to wallk from the hotel to the tube station during the day but you may feel uncomfortable doing so at night if you are a single woman, as this is not one of the nicest areas in Paris.
As mentionned by Koalagirl you may want to stay in a youth hostel instead. You will have less privacy but it will be more friendly and the location is likely to be better (especially if you want to go out at night).
Have a nice trip