We found this hotel after a long search on the internet in an attempt to find an hotel that does not take dogs. Not that I have anything against dogs (provided their owners are properly trained), it’s just that I can sometimes have an allergic reaction to certain doggy hairs and smells. It is surprising just how many hotels allow dogs into their rooms nowadays.
When we arrived, the upgraded room which we had booked was not available and we were moved into a standard room for one night. (Staff were most apologetic and seemed suitably embarrassed by this). The standard room was small and to the back of the hotel. However, my understanding is that most Paris hotel rooms are the size of broom cupboards and this was bigger than one of those. It was most comfortable and clean and perfectly adequate for a short stay – eg less than one week. The perfectly formed bathroom was tiny. We could fit in okay (just) but it may be bit of a squeeze for Very Large People.
We were moved into our booked room on our second day- this time fronting onto the narrow street. This room was well worth the extra money. From the large exceedingly comfortable bed to the large bathroom with walk in shower – it was all perfect. There was adequate storage space. Air conditioning worked well in both rooms.
The excellent self service breakfast was typically continental and more than adequate. Breakfast starts at 7am and finishes at a civilised 11am. The character breakfast room is in the old cellar and there are photos posted in this forum.
Reception staff were friendly, efficient and spoke good English. They did say that they could keep luggage for guests arriving early before the room is ready or leaving Paris late after the check out deadline.
Location could not be better. The hotel is in a very quiet side street but only a couple of hundred meters from Place de la Concorde via Place Madeleine and from there, you have the bridge across to the ‘left’ side of the Seine, to the left you have the park leading along to the Louvre and to the right is the start of the Champs-Elysees. Within 3K in one direction is the Eiffel Tower, and the same distance in the opposite direction is the Bastille. 3K is usually an easy 40 minute stroll but the sites within short detours of each of the walks will take weeks to get around. We purchased a book of Metro tickets at St Pancras but apart from the trip to and from Garde de Norde, they were not used.
There are restaurants and bars near the hotel although neither as many nor the choice that you will get in the area around the lively, edgy, Pompidou Centre and the nearby Marais quarter (THE area to go shopping on Sundays) or other parts of Paris. The restaurant next door, Madeleine C, is excellent but more upmarket but the fixed price menu dinner deals (available weekdays but get there by 7pm) represents absolutely superb value for money considering the high standard of the food.
I have awarded this hotel 4 stars - very good - although I may be a little harsh. In so many respects it is excellent. This lovely clean and comfortable little hotel in a quiet side street was completely refurbished to a very high standard last year and the style of decoration is just about perfect. It is a shame that the windows were not double glazed and extra sound proofing added to the partition walls between the rooms during the refurbishment. This hotel is most definitely NOT noisy but what very little noise there is from the narrow street gets bounced around the tall buildings and even with the (brilliant) electronic controlled blinds down, the sound still carried. This was not a problem for us, and our neighbours in the adjoining rooms were quiet and civilised which helped.
Overall, I have no problem recommending this hotel and will certainly be back should we return to Paris. There are so many things to see and do in this fantastic city. And it it so easy to get to.
Paris itself is very different to the dirty smelly arrogant Paris I last visited 43 years ago. Paris has, at long last, learned how to display its many ample charms and display them it does – VERY impressive, although I have some reservations about the Louvre and I will post a separate review on this art gallery. Paris is now one of those cities that is a MUST to visit. Having said that, it does help to speak a little French and, with the large numbers of rough sleepers, it can still be smelly in some places. Overall, Paris is as safe as any other major city in Europe but there are con artists on the streets (the dropped ‘gold’ ring con and variations of the 3 card trick are the most common methods to extract 20 Euro notes from tourists) and pickpockets and thieves are around. It pays to be forewarned – as we were thanks to Trip Advisor – and, as in all major town and cities, one must take care at all times.
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