This small, boutique spot in the Opera district near the Grand Boulevards metro stop and Montmarte Blvd. is part of a chain called Les Hotels De Paris, so we thought that the standards would be similar to those of other chains. We were wrong.
Other than the location and the friendly and helpful desk personnel (no scowls for our lack of French), there is nothing I can say to recommend this property. It is shabby and inadequate. $29 a night motels in the U.S. are more well-appointed.
The location is doors away from the Folies Bergerge theater on a busy commercial side street lacking any real charm, although the neighborhood is safe and convenient. Count on noisy trucks in the morning and the occasional reveler coming home from bars at night. To be fair, the windows do block sound fairly well.
The decor is an over-the-top "artsy" style with dark paint, purple velvet walls, abstract art and no right angles in the whole building. The effect is claustrophobic and bit like the limbo/hell scenes in the movie "Beetlejuice." Not at all comforting after a 15 hours of overnight travel.
We booked a standard double room and found a tiny hovel barely big enough to fit a twin bed in. We could not open our suitcases without putting them on the bed, which was more or less sitting the floor with 2 flat pillows. I don't get the flat, hard pillow thing in European hotels. For $5, you can buy nice full pillows at any discount store.
After viewing this cell, we asked for a larger "deluxe" room for 20 more Euros a night (for a total of 240 Euros a night total!). It was considerably bigger but was dim, had peeling wallpaper in the bathroom, 1 electrical outlet that worked, a non-working mini-bar, non-functioning air-conditioning and a 20 year-old TV with 6 channels. Like nearly all Euro hotels, lighting was low wattege and dim with confounding switches and controls.
The shower stall in the bathroom was too small for me (5' 11", 150 lbs.) and the hot water took 20 minutes to warm up, plus the water pressure was too little to wash shampoo from my hair. 2 small, scratchy towels were supplied.
One evening, I asked for ice from the front desk. The clerk walked over to the "bar" (an unmanned station with 4 bottles of liquor) and pulled out a tiny plastic ice tray and chipped out 4 cubes with a fork. I know ice is scarce in Europe but this was silly.
We've stayed at many levels of hotels, in many countries, and this was among the most disappointing. For 240 Euros, you can do way better.
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