Hotel "Du Louvre" must surely occupy one of the best locations in Paris: close to the Louvre museum, the Seine, the Opera, the prestigious shopping street rue St. Honoré. It has been one of our favourite hotels for years, and we had wondered whether it would have changed, after being made part of the Hyatt chain. Would it all have been spruced up beyond recognition, plasticised, without any personality?
First the good news. It is still a very Parisian hotel, with creaking floors in the corridors, the familiar rumble of the metro still audible, a few of the toiletries still by Paris perfume maker Annick Goutal. Staff at reception were still friendly and efficient, and our luggage was brought up within minutes.
But something seemed to be lacking. We had a very good room, with a view of rue de Rivoli. But there was nothing that made us feel welcome. No reading matter (not even one of those advertising magazines), not even one small bottle of complimentary mineral water, not a single flower, nothing. Just a bare room. A very good bathroom, but those wonderful Annick Goutal toiletries seem to be on their way out. Turn down service had the same characteristics: nothing extra. No note with the weather forecast, no little chocolate, nothing. We've stayed in much cheaper hotels, that tried much harder to give us the feeling of being valued guests. Remember: this is supposed to be a five star hotel!
Staff in the bar were rude, as always. Was that a good sign, or a bad sign? The nuts that came with our glass of champagne, were very hard and musty; we thought that was different from our last time.
But our dinner in the Brasserie was better than ever. The food was good, and staff were really excellent: very friendly, hugely professional. My sole à la meunière was filleted for me, and not even a millimetre of bone had stayed behind. (Better than in many a Michelin starred restaurant I've visited!) Breakfast was also good; I enjoyed the fresh Bircher Benner muesli.
Will we still go to Hotel Du Louvre, the next time we are in Paris? The location in unsurpassable, so we might. But it isn't a matter of course, any more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the best of Paris with four facades facing the most famous cultural sights, the Hotel du Louvre is two minutes walk from the Louvre Museum, and ten minutes away from the Opera Garnier. It is set in the heart of the fashion district just steps away from the boutiques on the Rue St Honoré and has direct access to the Champs-Elysées and to the business district of La Défense. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Louvre Paris
- Du Louvre Hotel
- Hotel Du Louvre Paris
- Hotel De Louvre