I stayed at the Prince Albert in September 2011 and found the hotel itself to be a typically Parisian oddity full of creaky, twisting corridors and rooms whose every fixture has worn to a dull patina from the untold thousands of guests that have passed through them. However, my room was also very quiet and acceptably clean.
What made the hotel stand out for me were two things:
-The location, which is great: step out of the door and you're in the middle of the revived 1st Arrondissement, with bars and restaurants galore and lots of young Parisians hanging out in the pavement cafes and restaurants.
-The staff. I arrived at the hotel by taxi and while checking in I realised that I hd forgotten my brand new smartphone in the back of the cab. All I had to trace the cab was a completely standard "Taxi de Paris" receipt, but the receptionist took the effort to call switchboard after switchboard, eventually found the driver and arranged to have him bring the phone back to the hotel for the price of the journey. For which he was handsomely rewarded.
A real example of hotel staff - and Parisian taxi drivers - going the extra mile for a customer. It was completely unexpected and rather chenged my view of Paris as a place where things like that simply never happen...
- Also Known As:
- Prince Albert Louvre Paris
- Prince Albert Louvre Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 19th Century building, charming, very well located - Financial and shopping area, Opera and Louvre Museum all nearby. ... more less
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