I booked a medium quality room (the Odyssey) and they initially gave me the dreaded Room 41. It had an extra low ceiling only 7-feet high that sloped down at the end like an attic. I knew the rooms were tight going in, but this was more than I expected. I've stayed in a lot of hotels with strange smells, but this one had a strong chemical smell that stung my nostrils, so strong that I had to sleep with the windows open, which is not a good idea because the narrow Paris streets channel sound. Frequently woke up. Room 41 also had a depressing dark blue theme (tip: choose a brighter color). Room 41 also was freezing cold from an over-active air conditioner. Something tickled my memory so I checked Tripadvisor and sure enough someone else had the same smell and cooling problems in the same room (room 41)! Decided I had to change rooms next day. Things changed a bit when I received a new room on the first floor, which had a higher ceiling that was about ten feet high (3 feet higher). It also had a huge window on one side with doors that open up that allow you to lean out and take in the Paris scene. This new room had a better smell, more faint and perfumy and tolerable, like a carpet cleaner smell. Air conditioners are either on or off, temperature is not regulated (fan settings are: off, medium fan, or full). While room 41's unit cooled too well, leaving the room freezing, new room's worked perfectly. Bed headboards have felt pads on them, making me wonder what liquids they had soaked up over time. Hard to avoid leaning against them in bed. Building directly across the narrow street is under heavy construction. Woken up at 8:00am to guys throwing metal and glass into a bin, then using hammers and chisels all day on the facade outside (yes, handheld chisels and tap tap tap during morning and early afternoon). Not so good if you're working off jet lag and sleeping late. Staff was helpful and knowledgeable. Would not stay at this hotel again though despite some of the modern design being neat, as the rooms are too cramped and the overall design ignores comfort. You basically have to shuffle around the room, always bumping into things. Not enough room in bathroom to place your things, just a narrow ledge above the sink. Can't imagine two people staying in these rooms. Not a complete nightmare due to superficial modern design, but for paying over €200 a night, expected more comfort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of the famous Les Halles district, near the Louvre and the Seine, discover the Hotel Odyssey, designed by Ora-Ito and his team. Odyssey Hotel is a haven of peace where prevailing welfare and comfort. In the original style of Ora-Ito, the hotel is a harmonious blend of clean lines and soft curves and relaxing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Emeraude Hotel Paris