This was our second stay at Hotel Le Colisee, and the hotel is even better than a few years ago.
First, location: one third of a block from the Champs Elysee, and maybe one third mile from the Arc of Triumph. A nice neighborhood, though to be sure, very in-the-city. You pass real people scurrying to work in the morning, and heading home in the evening carrying briefcases and baguettes.
Second: Despite being in the heart of things, it is quiet if you close the sound-proof windows and use air conditioning. If you like the sounds of Paris, leave them open; there's no heavy traffic noise from the Champs Elysee, just the landmark sounds of the city.
In the evenings, we enjoyed watching the flow of customers at the small restaurant and the bustling cafe across the street-- made us feel like the Jimmy Stewart character in Hitchcock' Rear Window, tapping in vicariously on the goings-on of the neighborhood.
Third, service. Helene at the front desk when we arrived, could not have been more welcoming and helpful (which alas is not always the way in France). Sabine followed through to make sure we got our Best Western points despite a clerical error (not Colisee's) And Francoise, the manager, is to be congratulated on running a place where everything works as expected, everything is spotless, and everyone is friendly and accomodating.
Fourth, cleanliness: I don't think I have ever been in a hotel where the staff wipes down every surface-- doorknobs, table-tops, everything, every day. (I stumbled on that, then snooped to confirm that it was the norm. ) And the chamber help is equally friendly, conveying very clearly that they care, and are not just putting in time.
Fifth, breakfast: If you come on the three-day plan, breakfast is included. If not, it is well worth the outlay as it can carry you through the day. Wonderful eggs; an array of croissants and other "Viennoiserie" and breads and cereals; cheeses and meats; juices; and cafe au lait or whatever you drink. Served by a friendly and accomodating staff.
Finally, security: To get beyond the ground floor in the elevator you need to insert your room card: what better deterrent?
Yes the rooms may seem small .. . but that's by American standards in the suburbs. Hotel Le Colisee is in a French neighborhood, not a built-to-order chain cookie-cutter. We had no problems with luggage. If you really must have lots of room in the room . . .well, either go to a 5-star hotel, or stay home and go to the hotel down the road, and miss Paris.
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