We just got back from our week long stay at the Joyce Hotel in Paris last night. What a gracious and helpful staff they have. Jennifer bent over backwards to help us get L'Open Bus tour tickets and a shuttle to the airport. Marion, Hatem and Samuel were very charming and helpful as well. Mimi didn't speak much English but was able to get us the perfect cup of coffee everyday.
Arriving: We took the RER to Gare du Nord (about 9 euro) from Charles De Gaulle after our very long direct plane ride from LAX. We then walked to the Joyce - about a mile. It was a nice day but I wish we would have taken a taxi at that point because we had to figure out where we were going.Once we learned the street signs are on the buildings we were OK. Just get a good map and good rolling luggage if you plan on this trek. The Chapalle Metro is right at Gare Du Nord and you can take that to Pigalle and walk a few blocks downhill but that involves a lot of stairs. We got a Start shuttle going back to the airport - 36 Euors cash (no credit cards) for two one way. 16 euros deposit at the hotel and 20 to the driver. We picked up a few more people on the way and the driver dropped us off at the Air France terminal 2Finstead of 2E and it took us a while to figure out where to go. We didn't appreciate that but I'm not sure if there was another option.
Back to the Joyce. We walked in the door and were greeted by Jennifer who spoke and understood English very well. We were tired so at first we had a hard time understanding her but it got better... She offered us coffee and a cookie and brought out a map to point out all the highlights etc. They drink strong coffee in Paris so we learned to ask for weak coffee at the Joyce and filtered coffee at Starbucks.
We get to our Double Deluxe room on the 5th floor - 506 facing the courtyard right next to the elevator but the noise was not a problem at all. The elevator was only about 5 feet wide and 2 feet deep. We fit two of us with two big and one small bags with no room to spare. I never felt claustrophobic in it because it had lots of mirrors and always worked! Our room was spotlessly clean, very comfortable bed with a nice bathroom. Great water pressure with instant hot water. We got the bath/shower combo and had no problems. The bathtub is a little high off the floor but they have a sturdy towel rack to hang on too as you get out so it was never a problem. Shampoo and bath gel provided with the tiniest bar of soap I have ever seen. No face cloths so bring your own. The bed was very comfy but a little short for us and we are not very tall people. We got very warm at night even though we left both windows open. We could not adjust the thermostat and found out they turn the air-conditioning off in the winter. There was a little closet with shelves on one side whcih worked perfectly for us. A desk with free Wi-fi and night stands with lights were the only other furniture in the whole room. It was very nicely decorated overall and worked for our needs since we were there to see Paris not to stay in the hotel room.
We really appreciated the great breakfast in the beautiful atrium (different quiche each day, assorted fresh fruit, croissants, cheeses, eggs, sliced meat, sausages, juices) and snacks (juice, sodas, coffee, chips, nuts and a slice of delicious tart if you were lucky to get there in time) from 2-10 each afternoon. The atrium was a great place to hang out with a glass of wine after a long day to figure out your itinerary for the next. They even provided water bottles as we went out on our daily excursions. Overall the Hotel Joyce was exactly as the reviews had said it was. It's not in a bad area just not in the most convenient. For our first time it would have been nicer to be a little closer to the major attractions and maybe Gare Du Nord, but it all worked out in the end. It's a 10 minutes walk to two major Metros. You won't be disappointed if you stay here. The helpful staff made it all a really great experience. Just know you have to walk a lot in Paris overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing at an unconventional spot of the upper 9th district, the Joyce Hotel is ideally located at the crossroads of the theater district, Place St-Georges, and the "hot-spots" of the fashionable South-Pigalle neighborhood. Maliciously decorated by Philippe Maidenberg, with nods to inevitable Parisian monuments, our hotel will seduce you with its comfort and bold design. Luxury car furniture recycled as improvised seats, inverted Eiffel Tower, delicate tromple-l'oeil paintings around beds, breakfast with bio breads and cereals under a very Eiffel-like glass roof: Everything is ready to usher you into a fun and surprising world. Our 44 rooms are full of thoughtful and delicate touches that add to the cosiness of the place. All rooms feature a quiet atmosphere, strengthened in some cases with a terrace or an enchanting view over the rooftops. Our team, available 24/24, will welcome you into a chic and relaxing atmosphere, while advising you on the top attractions of a perfect stay Find design rooms filled with art works and indulge in a burst of merriment and fresh air in the capital ... ... more less
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