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Pavillon Opera Grands Boulevards
Ranked #1,259 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
Columbus, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
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“Grubby and dim but at least it was expensive!”
Reviewed 29 September 2009

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.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 December 2007

Stayed there for 4 days on for a combination business and leisure trip. If you havent stayed in Paris before you might be shocked by the size of the room. It's small! But then again while in Paris you shouldnt be spending too much time in that cramped space. The hotel is located on a moderately quiet street. I had a room that faced the street and for the most part it was quiet (with the exception of the morning garbage truck.) The location is great since it's walking distance to great dining, shopping and the metro so you can easily get to any destination in Paris. The front desk staff was very helpful. They all spoke English and were eager to assist. The rooms were clean and functional though small. My only complain is that the safe did not work. I asked for it to be fixed and it wasnt. They offer breakfast but I didnt try it since there are so many other options within walking distance. Wifi is available through Orange.

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  • Stayed December 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 March 2006

We had booked to stay not in the Grand Boulevards but the St Augustin - upon arrival were told that there was a prob with our room and we were being moved to a hotel of the same standard - 10 mins away - GB. First impressions not good - the area was a lot more run-down. I wouldn't say the standard of the hotel was quite as the StA. The room we were given was not bad but we ended up in a twin room despite booking a double - which was a bit a pain on a romantic trip! It was also overlooking the road, which didn't seem too bad at first but at 3:30 in the morning when the dustbin men made an appearance it became a prob - VERY noisy - even though our friend who had booked the room for us had specifically requested a quiet room. It was though, clean and quite adequately sized - except that there was only 1 tiny wardrobe and no drawers whatsoever. The breakfast was good - available from 7-10 which was handy, there was plenty of choice. The hotel was very accessible and close to amenities such as great choc shop and supermarket. Only about a 10-15min walk from the grand palais and Louvre. On the whole - not bad but needs work to deserve its stars.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed 7 February 2006

Hey there,

we - my boyfried and me - stayed at the Pavillon Opera Grands Boulevards [---] in January 2006, and we loved it.

It's certainly a great hotel in a very nice and lively area close to the opera.

The hotel rooms are relatively small (that's normal for Paris, I don't know why people keep complaining), but our room on the 6th floor (room 606) had nice wooden ceiling joists (not brandnew, but still nice to look at), and a nice skylight.
The room was extremly quiet, because we had a window to the inner courtyard (don't expect too much, it's basically a 4x4m hole between the houses =).

The room was clean, not spotless, but very good to live in.
Tall visitors have to take care though, my boyfriend (1,88 m) didn't fit into the shower properly.
The shower is approximately 1,75 m high, so just right for me but the ceiling was to low for him.

The hotel service was excellent, very nice people on the front desk and breakfast delivery service to your room without extra costs.
You just have to give them a call before 10 am, and the breakfast is right on the way to your room (or bed =).

The surrounding area is very nice, didn't feel threatened at all, and there are two Metro stops very close (Grands Boulevards and Le Peletier). A supermarket is on the same street (as well as lots of Créperies)!

We enjoyed our 4-day romantic trip to Paris and really liked this cute hotel.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Reviewed 9 February 2004

Stayed here last weekend, had phoned a couple of weeks before to ask for a nice room and was assured by reception that all the rooms were large and people even commented that they hoped they were not paying the suite rate. On arrival we checked into our room, which just fitted a double bed and it smelled of smoke, being non smokers we asked to change, 2nd room was odourless and a little bigger. Hotel decor and corridor music were just bordering on bordello............ on checking out we went to pay bill and were told that we have subscriped to pay tv, which we did not watch and maybe had pressed a button by mistake, he said that it explained that if you press a button on the remote you automatically went into pay tv and that this was explained when you turned on the telly, unfortunatley this was in FRENCH, we felt that this was a ploy used by the hotel to get a futher 15 euro from residents - so watch out if you use your tv. Bathroom was good size and clean and a good size and the hotel was centrally located so good value at the rate of Euros 80 per room.

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Reviewed 15 December 2003

Stayed at the Pavillon Opera Grands Blvd in early December 2004. I had expected a very nice modern room given the descriptions I had seen on various travel sites. On the positive side, the hotel was refurbished just a couple of years ago and it is two blocks from a metro station.
Depending on your preferences you may or may not like the location. It sits in the middle of a mid-market tourist area. Very crowded. Lots of Americans. Also, lots of restaurants, pastry shops, shops, etc. On the down side, it looked like they hadn't done much maintenance since the remodel. Our faucet was broken and we had to use two hands to turn on the water. If we didn't, it dislodged from the sink. The elevator was filled with graphiti (sp?) scratched into funky gold paint. Room was small, bathroom was good size. Coverlets had some staining, which I found disturbing. I did like the fact that each room has climate control (rare in Paris). I might stay here in the future, but only if I got a great deal!

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Reviewed 24 August 2003

Having stayed in Paris last week in record breaking heat, I thanked my lucky stars I had booked at this hotel! At the last minute I changed my bookings thru a discount site as this hotel had air conditioning. Besides that, the rooms were well furnished with comfortable beds and nice bathrooms, the reception staff were very pleasant and helpful, and the air conditioner worked a treat 24/7!! Good location, a pleasant walk to the Louvre and the Seine if it wasn't 43C! Definately recommend, better if you can book thru a discount site as their rack rate is quite expensive.

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Property: Pavillon Opera Grands Boulevards
Address: 11 rue Geoffroy Marie, 75009 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Opera / Bourse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1,259 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
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Hotel Class:3 star — Pavillon Opera Grands Boulevards 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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