First, I must say that finding the hotel was a bit of an adventure. Upon arrival we were informed that we would have to deal with a taxi strike and the train from CDG was our best option. It seems that the taxi drivers block all traffic in and out of Paris and a bus would not be a wise choice. After an hour and a transfer midway, we arrived at Saint Lazare and had a bit of a time finding our way out of the station. Despite having a map and some sketchy instructions we walked the streets with carry-ons and backpacks in search of the Folkestone. Twenty minutes in we flagged down someone and got directions which didn't seem to get us closer. Nobody seems to know this hotel or even the street where it's located. In all fairness, they may not know most of the hotels in Paris and there are many! After an hour we finally arrived at the hotel.
The pictures of the hotel are a bit deceiving in a few ways. It is considerably smaller than one would believe it to be. In fact, it's very small. The lobby desk is about 4 feet from the hotel entrance and the desk is about 4 feet from the elevator. Very well appointed, all of the public rooms are warm and inviting. Comfortable seating and a very nice spot to have a drink from their small bar which is about 12 feet from the welcome desk. Keep in mind that this is a converted house/apartment building, so the sizes make sense.
We called the elevator down and when it opened, I was a bit surprized. It was very small as well. I'm not a big guy, but my wife and I along with our carry-ons had a hard time fitting. I had to take my backpack off because I couldn't enter and turn around to hit the buttons. Although the elevator denotes a maximum of 4 people, this would be extremely unlikely. The elevator, like the first floor was clean, modern and nicely decorated.
There are only 4 units per floor, or at least the floor that we stayed on (2nd) for our 3 day visit. The elevator opened and it was pitch black. Moving turns on the lights and upon this realization I wondered why this wasn't used more. Entering our room was a very pleasant surprise. The room was well sized and beautifully appointed. Our room was a deluxe model and it had a couch across from the bed. We had a desk and chair and a flat screen television. Clean and well furnished there were two windows which easily opened up to the street below. Since this hotel is off the main streets, it is quiet. During the day they had been doing work in the building as well as to the front door, but the nights were grand. The bathroom was modern, clean and bright with spot lights, mirrors and a shower that made all of our aches and pains disappear. On a side note, the toilet had a tiled wall about 10-12 inches in front of it. Sitting at attention seems to be the order of "business" here. There is a small pastry shop right across the street as well as a restaurant a few doors down making it very convenient to get a bite to eat. No shortage of restaurants within a short distance from the hotel.
Our favorite surprise came in the form of the breakfast room. Located below the lobby, easily accessed by the elevator or a narrow winding set of stairs, the breakfast room has a stone ceiling and walls. It could almost pass as a wine cellar, but it is well lighted and on the far side was a long buffet table with a large flatsreen mounted on the wall. In the morning we were greeted by hot coffee, freshly baked pastries, juices, cheeses and a host of other treats. The food was terrific and being a small hotel, there were only a few other guests present when we were down there every morning. We had booked a package that included breakfast, which is perfect since meals can be pricey and we were able to eat and run and survived on a snack until dinner time.
About the staff ... Generally, the staff were more than accomodating and very friendly. They went out of their way to help us and make certain that we were well taken care of.
Overall, we were happy with the hotel and would choose it again. It is not quite as close as some other hotels to the main attractions, but we didn't find it difficult to visit all of the sites that we wanted. Clean, modern, well appointed with a pleasant and accomodating staff ... it's a little gem that can easily be overlooked.
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