We stayed at Le 123 Sebastopol for one night during a recent trip to Paris and found the hotel good but lacking the star factor deemed worthy of its tripadvisor status as the best hotel in the city. As a theme hotel, it does verge on being slightly tacky, but for the most part manages to imbue the movie scene in a tasteful way.
Upon arrival, the staff were friendly, helpful and informative, providing information and showing us to our room. The superior double room was smaller than I expected, but the decor was fine as were the fittings. We were quite surprised by the level of noise from the street, and would have expected better sound proofing.
As some of the other reviewers mention, the hotel seems to be good at the little things. We really liked coming back to our room and having a mini bottle of champagne and chocolates provided as a courtesy. It was a nice touch.
Unfortunately, a few elements bring the overall rating of the hotel down. At 20 Euros per person, the buffet breakfast is massively overpriced - the food is fine, but the service was really lacking. We were also a little puzzled why taxis from the hotel always had 7 Euros on the metre before we got in the car which didn't seem to happen elsewhere - strange. Lastly, I'm sure many hotels in Paris do not have parking, but this is something the hotel needs to look at and provide accordingly alongside its stature.
Overall, the cost of the hotel is not in keeping with the experience and at nearly 400 Euros per night (including breakfast), Le 123 Sebastopol is operating in an area where excellence is expected versus being a surprise. It is certainly a very good hotel, but it would be a backup option for our next trip to Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 10 minutes walking distance from the Pompidou Centre, the Opera and the Marais areas, and facing the Gaite Lyrique Theatre, 123 Sebastopol is the perfect place for an out-of-this-world stay in the heart of Paris.You will be impressed by its top of the range comfort and services and by its unique, movie-inspired design, with each floor dedicated to a French movie celebrity: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claude Lelouch, Daniele Thompson, Jaoui and Bacri , Elsa Zylberstein or the Italian film music star Ennio Morricone.On entering the lobby, you will enter the movie world and be greeted by our highly professional staff, attentive to your every need and on hand 24h/7.With its easy-to-find location, its direct links to all the major tourist attractions in the capital city, its unique decor and its services tailored to suit every visitor, 123 Sebastopol is THE go-to destination in Paris. ... more less
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