I nearly didn’t stay here at all. I had rented a studio apartment for my four nights in Paris but, by the third night, the sofabed was beginning to do awful things to my back – so I decided to move to a hotel for my last night. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice of the Ambassade.
Price was an issue as I’d already paid for the studio, so to find a hotel like this in one of my favourite parts of Paris for 69 euros per night – well, frankly, it was serendipity. I found it by searching on the Hotels Combined website but, rather than book it immediately, I went round to have look for myself.
I think that I was lucky. I asked the nice man at the front desk if it was possible to see a room and he gave me the keys to number 14, one of the corner rooms. It was charming – one of the largest in the hotel, judging by the fire escape plan on the back of the door – and I loved everything about it. Shame I was only there for a night! The corner “comfort” rooms are usually more expensive than the other rooms (and almost twice the rate that I paid) but, from the sound of it, their size makes them worth the extra money.
The room was on the first floor and had two large, flower-bedecked windows overlooking rue Lauriston and rue Cimarosa. Quirkily shaped, it nevertheless was quite spacious with all mod cons and a generous bathroom with a bath and overhead shower. Some thought had gone into the furniture design with its Art Nouveau-influenced decoration – perhaps a bit heavy, but afternoon sunshine brightened the room. Thick curtains shut out all light at night and I had no problems with street noise. Everything spotless – and a comfortable bed as well! Bliss!
As others have said, the hotel is close to a metro station but also is handy to good bus routes and is a short walk from Trocadéro with its fabulous views of the Eiffel Tower. I often stay nearby in Passy (not in the studio with the sofabed) but was unfamiliar with the area around rue Lauriston; I was pleasantly surprised by the number of eateries in the hotel’s vicinity, so you don’t need to go far for a meal if you don’t want to. I didn’t have breakfast at the Ambassade, so I can’t comment on that.
TA lists the hotel as a three star but it is actually rated as a two star hotel. For me, the rating is not an issue – I love small, modest hotels like this and I can’t praise it highly enough for the value that I received from it. I’m aware that, due to the circumstances of my stay, I could well have looked at the experience through slightly rose-tinted glasses… But, upon reflection, I still think that it’s a very nice little hotel. I usually stay in apartments in Paris but after this experience, I’m tempted to change to hotels for shorter stays – well, to the Ambassade at any rate!
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