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“Quirky hotel in a quiet part of Paris”

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Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel
Ranked #37 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridgeshire, England
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Quirky hotel in a quiet part of Paris”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

We stayed in the hotel for 1 night on a short weekend break in Paris. We arrived by Eurostar and took the metro just a few stops to Reaumur Sebastopol - the hotel is literally opposite the metro station. Note that the ticket machines for the metro only take coins and cards - if you only have notes you will have to queue for about 20 mins at the ticket counter. The decor of the hotel is fab and fun and makes you smile from the moment you enter the very heavy front door. The reception staff were really helpful, taking us up to our room and explaining everything inside. The rooms are not huge but they are comfortable, really clean and the decor is amazing - designed fabulously even down to the smallest details. The owners of this hotel have clearly thought hard about the customer experience and we loved the little extras - L'Occitane toiletries, little bags of sweets on our pillow in the evening and a delicious mini box of biscuits. And how refreshing to find a hotel that provides you with complimentary soft drinks in the fridge in your room and complimentary cakes and snacks in the hotel lobby during the afternoon. Breakfast was really good, buffet style with plenty to choose from. If you prefer something cheaper then turn right on leaving the hotel and walk for about 10 mins where the cafés are plentiful. Continue walking for another 10 mins and you find yourself standing alongside the Seine, in the heart of Paris with the Louvre and Notre Dame in sight. A fabulous hotel away from the noise and bustle of Paris and thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Le123Sebastopol, Directeur général at Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thanks a lot for this wonderful comment. I'll share your kind words with my brilliant team. I am also very pleased to read that you appreciated the hotels style, decoration, breakfast and our little snacks.

We all look forward to welcoming you back soon, we are only a couple of hours away and a small tip for next time you can buy your metro tickets in the Eurostar :)

Kind regards,

Hugues Godard,
General Manager
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We enjoyed a four night stay at this lovely hotel. The staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Our room was spotlessly clean and the bed very comfortable which was welcome after hours of walking round the city all day. The attention to detail is what makes this the perfect place to stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Le123Sebastopol, Directeur général at Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Reviewer

Thank you for your lovely review of Le 123 Sebastopol.

I am so happy to read that you had a good stay with us. We do strive to make every guests experience here with us unique so to read that we have succeeded is just fantastic.

Thank you once again and best regards

Hugues Godard,
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

The hotel was lovely, clean and quirky. The staff were absolutely great, so friendly and welcoming. The hotel manager introduced himself over breakfast, the desk staff gave advice, tips and were generally lovely. The area the hotel is in is a little quiet, but the nearest Metro station is five minutes away and a few stops from all the big sites.

Room Tip: I was right at the top and had a little terrace (teeny tiny terrace) which was perfect for a morning...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Le123Sebastopol, Directeur général at Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Reviewer

Thank you for your lovely review of Le 123 Sébastopol and for your fantastic comments about our service.
I am delighted to read that you felt the hotel lovely and quirky and sincerely hope we see you again soon

Kindest regards
Hugues Godard
General Manager
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Due to Fashion Week there was no availability at the most renowned hotels in Paris so we booked at 123 Sebastopol. When we arrived at the hotel the staff welcomed us and showed us our room. The room was perfect and extremely clean as the rest of the hotel. I believe that the breakfast can be improved but it's a small detail and I think it will be improved as the time passes. When we returned at Paris in December we knew where to stay! Excellent experience!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Le123Sebastopol, Directeur général at Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Reviewer

Thank you for your glowing review of Le 123 Sébastopol.
We were lucky that the other hotels were fully booked and are delighted that you enjoy the experience.
I look forward to that return trip that we can spoil you once again.

Kindest regards,

Hugues Godard,
General Manager
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Be prepared for quite a shock here. I am so used to having keys thrown at me, with a grunt in the general direction of the lift, no offer of help and an attitude of take it or leave it. This hotel offers good old fashioned hospitality. Thank you to the lovely receptionist, Cindy, who gave me a cup of tea on arrival, I think she could see the strain of Charles De Gaulle Airport in my face. The room was spacious, beautifully decorated, clean, with double french windows. We faced the courtyard so the room was very quiet. Reception staff react immediately to requests, they know the area well, and speak excellent English.
Breakfast is excellent.
As regards the local area, the Seine is about a 20 minute walk, go right out of the hotel. The district of Les Halles is nearby, real Cafe culture, safe to walk about with a camera. But, turn left out of the hotel, more care is needed, a poorer area with some social stresses. Don't go down the Metro after dark.
Buses are easy, 2 euros everytime you get on one, this saves so much walking if you are trying to get to outlying areas like Eiffel or Montmartre. I believe there is a bus, train, boat pass you can get, worth looking into that.
Paris is lovely, but watch out for pickpockets and at Eiffel, scams involving fake charity sponsorship. Just don't give any personal details to strangers.
About the roads and the pedestrian crossings, the British expect that a green light means go, that a red light means stop. In Paris these rules are a little relaxed, DO NOT step off the pavement until you have checked that it is safe to do so!
Off you go then, visit this amazing City, I will go again soon. As in any city, keep your wits about you and you will have an unforgettable holiday. You will not go wrong if you choose this hotel, and if you do get into difficulties they will do everything they can to help you.

Room Tip: No bad rooms here I suspect. Rooms facing the road give a view on Paris life, whereas rooms facing t...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Le123Sebastopol, Directeur général at Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for reviewing our 123 Sébastopol !

I am delighted to read that you had such an enjoyable stayhere with us. Our front line team do really strive to make every guests stay exceptional, I pass your kind words on to Cindy.

I am very happy to read that we will be your hotel of choice in Paris and look forward to seeing you again.

Kindest regards
Hugues Godard,
General Manager
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Nice, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

I stayed for 3 nights in this property
Excellent, my got i love this hotel.
a very well located hotel
staff very attentive.
Breakfast very good and varied to suit all tastes.
we recommend for a weekend romantic

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

This was a superb hotel to stay in for a short break, and our first visit to Paris. The Notre Dame is about a 20min walk away, but a local bus does run down the Sebastopol road if needed after a long day of walking around Paris. The staff were very kind, and the manager is keen to talk to everyone to check that everything is going well. The free afternoon buffet was lovely, and very welcome after the challenge of CDG airport!
There is a free minibar in the room with soft-drinks, that are re-stocked every day. There are very nice l'occitane toiletries, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and mosturiser, plus slippers and a dressing gown.
Breakfast is good, the pastries are superb (it is Paris!), there is also a selection of hot items, cold meats, cereals etc.
We ventured up into les Halles for our evening meal, where we found a good Indian restaurant called the Taj Mahal.
Would fully recommend this faultless hotel!

Room Tip: We faced the courtyard on the 3rd floor, was very quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel
Address: 123, boulevard de Sebastopol | 2nd Arr., 75002 Paris, France
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Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Opera / Bourse
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #37 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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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