My wife and I went to Paris for a mini honeymoon and stayed here. Overall, the hotel is friendly, clean, and small as is normal. It is about 5 minutes walk to the metro and 15 more minutes walk to the base of the Eiffel Tower. One good thing about the hotel is the breakfast buffet, which we paid as a part of our room. It is mostly continental with a pretty good selection. Also, you can make your own omelet on an electric stove (very easy) and they have a limited selection of vegetables for that purpose. Another practicality we enjoyed was the wireless, which was reliable in our room.
The two star off is for the hard-sell that I did not enjoy. I had booked a superior room with view of the Dome of the Invalides. When we arrived, instead of giving us a room, the staff insisted on showing us five different rooms, with varying sizes and views, with the least attractive one at the end - that been the room reserved for us. They then suggested to my new wife that we should get a better room since this is our honeymoon. I don't know if this is the normal practice, but it was difficult for me as a new husband to say no and not upgrade. And that was not all. The room reserved for us did not have a view of the dome because the tree in front of the window completed blocked the view of the Dome. When there is wind, you can see the dome's light shining through between the shuffling leafs, but otherwise you can't see the Dome at all. When I pointed this out to the staff, they simply insisted that there was a view of the dome. I know that in the U.S., people go to court to fight about obstructed view when a neighbor's tree or fence block a particularly good view, so I don't believe view of the Dome completely obstructed by trees can be called a view of the Dome. Anyway, I ended up haggling with them and paid for an upgrade at a price less than they originally offered. So I guess my advice is to haggle.
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