We spent the last two nights of our trip at this hotel, using Radisson points. We had spent the previous 4 nights at a family run hotel near Montmartre. We expected a luxury hotel experience (especially given the rates as posted on Expedia exceeded $600 during the time of our stay). Mostly, we were terribly disappointed.
Room: Our room was a mystery. How anyone could design a room so lacking in aesthetics or functionality?
The toilet was in a closet in one corner of the room. The only sink and shower were in the opposite corner of the room. If one stood on the threshold of the sink/shower room (and room is a very generous description), the wall on your left was all window, the wall on your right was the glass shower enclosure, and directly ahead was the vanity. The distance between the windows and the shower enclosure was about 27". Part of this was taken up by floor length window curtains. Not usual in Europe to have a small space but when the shower door swings out into that tiny space and you have to ram yourself up against the window to get the door past your body (of course it opens the wrong way) you want to ask if they have ever seen a sliding door? As well, the only towel rail in the entire room was...in the shower. No hooks anywhere, just one towel rail, that could only be accessed by wrestling with the shower door. And they had the nerve to put up that sign about being green and hanging up your towel if you didn't want it replaced There was no where to put towels but on the floor or balled-up on the edge of the sink! The top of the shower enclosure was about 8 feet high and the ceiling only a foot higher, so flinging the towel over the top was not an option.
The night lights on each side of the bed were about 10 watts and flickered annoyingly. The reading lights on flexible cables, which wouldn't stay where you aimed them, weren't bright enough. The only way to turn on the standing lamp (the only other light in the room) was a sliding switch embedded in its base. Easy to find in the dark! None of the wall mounted light switches worked.
The white curtains on both sets of windows had 'high tide' marks on them: several yellow brown water marks showing different levels of inundation, up to about 30 centimetres. Unusual on the 5th floor. The walls were scuffed and flat white. Quite bleak.
The narrow consul table that held the Nespresso machine was another design high point. Stylishly designed without front legs, it would tip over if you so much as touched it. My husband moved the Nespresso machine forward a few inches, and the whole table started to tip forward.
And just to clear up any questions that may pop into your head, I am tall, thin, fit, 20/20 vision, and reflexes like a cat (lucky for the Nespresso machine).
Noise: The elevator motor - oddly not the doors or the cables, which is what you usually hear - roared all night. Except the night they took it out of service to try to fix it the noise. Which didn't fix the noise, though I'm sure everyone enjoyed walking up to their room. The awning outside our window clanked all night in the wind, though they did fix this when I pointed it out the next morning. The 5:00 am street cleaning/garbage collection is obviously out of their control.
The lobby/lounge decor is black marble, mirrors and white furniture. Dated and not terribly practical as the lighting is low and the entry to the elevator is dim. The light at the top of the curving stairs to the pool was burnt out or non-existent, but we felt our way down aided by the blue glow.
Spa/Pool: Nice, and the steam room was a welcome diversion. But stop telling people that there is a change room. There is no change room. Just a toilet cubicle.
Neighbourhood: This is the 16th in all its boredom. Yes, you are close(ish) to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees though they are both a fair walk. There are stores and restaurants but nothing noteworthy and generally overpriced, even by Parisian standards. There is no 'vibe' here. This may be good for older people looking for a quiet place out of the big city hustle but it's not actually quiet when you want it to be.
I wouldn't write any of this if the hotel was cheap and cheerful, but its a Radisson Blu charging a fortune. Most of the guests seemed to be older Americans who perhaps chose on brand recognition. A little research would bring a much better hotel (there are so many worthwhile independents in Paris) and a much better rate. Our previous hotel room was no larger, but so well designed - everything worked, everything had its place. It was beautifully appointed,very clean, very quiet, 1/3 of the price, and the toilet was in the bathroom!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Metropolitan offers 38 rooms and 10 suites spread over 6 floors, 6 of which offer a picturesque view of the Eiffel Tower. Each embodies a contemporary vision of Parisian elegance. Sobriety of colors - white, black, bronze and wood - exceptional materials - granite, marble, linen, oak and lacquered metal - beautiful volumes and tailor-made furniture are the signatures. Customized services and equipment Rooms at the Le Metropolitan Hotel each offer a wide range of hi-tech services including free high-speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, a Samsung tablet or Dringme, A smartphone with unlimited calls and internet that will stand as a virtual Concierge for a trouble-free stay. The bath products in room are signed Korres, brand of natural cosmetic care. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel Paris
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