As you can see from recent reviews posted, the opinions on this small hotel near the Odeon Theatre are varied. I booked this hotel for our 10th wedding anniversary trip to Paris after doing extensive research on hotels - I believe where you stay can make or break a vacation, so I don't tend to leave this to chance. Based on reviews here, a recommendation by Rick Steves (my Europe guru) and my own interests, I booked this hotel expecting charm, a Provencal atmosphere, a friendly and helpful English-speaking staff, a great location near the Metro and many fine restaurants, and a rather high rate to go along with it. We experienced everything above and a couple of suprises. Isabelle at the front desk was nice and helpful. Our room (a standard double, I believe) was cute, clean and quiet - windows onto the internal courtyard rather than street. But there was construction going on so we did hear some of that but not at night - the hotel is expanding its lobby. The breakfast we purchased each morning (optionnal) was a true continental and perhaps not worth the cost, but I don't regret it because it was so nice to have delivered to our room each morning and not have to get dressed and go in search of food first thing. It consisted of croissants and baguette with jam, honey and butter; orange juice; yogurt; coffee; and a small wedge of cheese. Nice enough to get us moving. We never saw another guest the entire 3 days we were there - although we did hear and see signs of them, so the hotel wasn't empty, just quiet. It really had the feeling of staying in a small apartment building on Left Bank. Our room was small, no doubt, but certainly not cramped for two of us, and it was perfectly clean. Not enough plugs in the bathroom, and really hated the hand shower, but not enough to say "I'll never stay here again!" Listen, I travel a lot and I have high expectations. This hotel is nice. If you want a luxury hotel, stay elsewhere. If you want a very nice hotel with charm and the feel of being in a neighborhood and not a big, impersonal chain hotel, stay here. Location couldn't be much better. I'm sure the recent bad reviews are telling the truth as well - but only one part of it. Any hotel you go to will have good and bad days and rooms with some issues. Plan carefully, don't settle for less than what you were promised, and you'll be fine.
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Medicis Hotel Paris
- Atel Relais Medicis Paris
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