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“Excellent theme...lovely staff...something amiss!”

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Le 123 Sebastopol - Astotel
Ranked #36 of 1,800 Hotels in Paris
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“Excellent theme...lovely staff...something amiss!”
Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights at this hotel on our way back from the south of France. Having stayed for 5 nights (on the same trip) in the Marais district in a spacious apartment as also the high tripadvisor ranking of this hotel probably raised our expectations of this hotel!

What truly adds value to this hotel is its staff and decor. The staff are very pleasing and go the extra mile to help. They kept our bag 5 days before our actual check in which allowed us to travel freely across the rest of the country. Upon check in the formalities were completed swiftly and we were escorted to our room and explained the functioning of various things in the room in great detail. A porter bringing our bags to the room was also a relief since we had been lugging them all this while :) the lift in the hotel was also helpful as we were on the 6th floor. No great views...you have the option of a hotel courtyard or the garden across the street.

The design/theme of the hotel is quite unique...it adds a very 'young' and welcoming vibe to the hotel. The decor is bright enough and yet not in your face. The other facilities of the hotel are also quite nice. The free mini bar in the room ( no alcohol), movie theatre in basement (not used), complimentary happy hour between 12 noon-5pm (juices, tea/coffee, sweet and savoury snacks, no alcohol and we found the timing a little strange) are all unheard of in a boutique hotel and hence add to picking this hotel. Some of these features are not advertised also!

What I did find disappointing was despite paying nearly 375 euros a night some of the basic things were missing. No room service...I can understand that a hotel may not have a 24x7 room service but the absence of one for such a high ranked hotel is surprising( Must add that the staff did help us order a pizza at midnight!). There were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room which is now nearly a global basic. We were told to use the lobby bar for tea whenever we want. The bartender though said the tea is chargeable till we protested and told her this can't be so considering there was no kettle in the room! The room rate did not include breakfast which was also a little surprising considering the rate we were paying.

All in all I would rate this hotel as a GOOD hotel but tripadvisor doesn't have that option. The location of the hotel is decent as it has two metro stops in walking distance (200m), however, the street does get a little lonely at night.

Not to sure if I return to paris I will try this hotel again! Kudos to the staff though :)

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Hust came back from 6 nights in Paris and I have to say this hotel was one of the best we ever stayed in.
Location is perfect ,just across the street from the metro and walking distance from all major attractions.
Room is very nice and breakfast is great. The manager was going around the breakfast room asking each guest if all is good and if they need any help and chating about their Paris experience which was very nice.
The staff was great nice and attentive and recommended us nice restaurants and shopping places.
Would definitely return. Great hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We had no idea how much we would appreciate the location of this hotel. It is a short walk to many places we were interested in visiting. Metro station very close. The variety of restaurants in the area was wonderful. The restaurants were busy and great locations for people watching. The room was updated and bath was nice and modern. Breakfast was very nice and plenty of comfortable seating in the lobby area.. Snacks throughout the day, which was nice to come back to and restore our energy. The ability to order drinks in the afternoon and evening in the lobby sitting area was a nice treat. I made my reservations online. I asked for help in via email in ordering a ride from the airport and the hotel staff was prompt in setting this up. The same staff was ready and willing to help you at the front desk. Very nice.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

123 Sebastopol is a modern boutique hotel, with quirky themeing. Staff are helpful and the rooms are well equipped and in excellent condition (pretty decent air conditioning and wifi too). My stay there was brief but I would return again. The hotel is well located and is worth a stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Lutry, Switzerland
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had a wonderful experience at 123 Sebastopol last week. The staff is extremely friendly and polite and service oriented. We had a beautiful room with excellent bedding and facilities. the overall cinema theme makes it very unique and is very creative. There is even a cinema in the basement, but unfortunately we did not have the time to use it as the weather was too beautiful to be indoors. This is definitely a place we will return to. This hotel met all our expectations and we would highly recommend it.
Some hotels in Paris are quite noisy. This one has excellent noise insulation.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

From the moment we checked in to several hours after we checked out, this was the finest hotel I have stayed in during many visits to Paris over many years. Excellent, courteous and helpful staff, beautiful clean and charmingly designed rooms, delightful breakfast and overall ambiance. I can't say enough good things - (they even one morning returned to me a 50 Euro note I had unknowingly left on the bar the night before - very appreciated!).

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel was the highlight of my Paris trip. Actually I didn't even want to leave the hotel. From the moment we checked in the experience was first class. The hotel is cool and funky, has an excellent vibe. It is modern and super clean. The staff can't help you enough. Big smiles, welcoming and friendly.

The rooms are very clean, modern and has great quirky themes, so makes it unique. Bed is comfortable and The bathroom is modern and functional. Big shower, good quality fittings and they supply loccitane products. Nice touch!

Breakfast is fresh, lots of variety, great value and in a lovely setting. Played cool music in the background and staff always very helpful.

The manager is the best. He is passionate and genuinely cares that each guest has a wonderful experience. He makes the whole thing come together in a really great way.

I can't recommend this place enough. It's number one on trip advisor for a reason. Do yourself a favour and stay at this hotel. It really made our holiday special.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #36 of 1,800 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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