Location: being able to walk to Au Printemps and Galeries Lafayette or the Louvre/Rue di Rivoli (about 15 minutes walk I'd guess) is very nice, as is being close the Quattre Septembre, Opera and Richilieu metro stops for getting around. The immediate area has mostly Asian restaurants (we enjoyed Indian and Korean restaurants in the area very much). There is also a mini-supermarket right around the corner, so very handy to get food/makings for a picnic or avoid tapping into the minibar in the room.
Pool/Sauna/Steamroom: Having these for tired feet after a day out pounding the pavement was indeed a great pleasure! All facilities were clean and open 6 am to 10 pm -- so lots of opportunity to get time without there being a crowd of people.
Piano: A pleasant surprise: beautiful upright piano in the ground level next to the breakfast room was kept in great tune, and my musician friend and I enjoyed being able to play.
Decor: You have to have an appreciation for whimsy and flair, but assuming you do, the hotel has a really fun vibe to it and is present in both large and small details.
Rooms: Ours was 002 on the main level just 15 feet from the reception desk (this is probably how we got the rate we did), and perhaps it is the quality of the soundproofing or our exhaustion from long days out seeing the sights or the comfortable beds, but we were not disturbed by lobby sounds, sleeping in the first morning until 10:30 am. Rooms were very clean, not that big though and not that much available in terms of closet space. There was no dresser, just a few shelves in the closet (single door wide). We had to cramp a bit to fit our clothes (packed enough for 6 days without laundry). A very positive surprise: there was a generous set of power supplies in the room that we could use to charge our various gadgets.
Service: Overall service was great and staff were helpful. In particular, I want the hotel to know that their night manager is outstanding and we appreciated his help both during our 10 pm check-in and a 1 a.m. emergency print of our tickets for Musee D'Orsay after I found the "business area" printer was out of ink. There were a few glitches: our room was missing a coffee-maker and this was not noticed until the morning after our check-in, but this was attended to later in the day. Weirdly, although we'd reported that the shower was missing a shelve for soaps/shampoos, nothing was every done about it and we just shrugged our shoulders and got used to having shampoo, etc. on the floor of the shower.
WiFI: WiFI on our level worked fine when it was working; there was a period the first full day we had at the hotel where the WiFI was out and the desk manager didn't seem too concerned about getting it back working. In any case, WiFI was working the next day and stayed working for the remainder of our 5-night stay.
Breakfast: nothing extraordinary - your standard French continental breakfast with eggs, sausage/bacon and a fresh fruit salad added to the usual yogurt/pastries and bread/cereal/cheese assortment. Nice that it is open 7 to 10 on weekdays/to 11 am on weekends. Having the eggs and fruit salad was very nice. The only negative is that if you come down later in the morning, there is a good chance most of the tables will still have the plates, dirty silverware/napkins/placemats of other guests. When we came down one morning at 9:30 am, we had some difficulty finding a table that was clean.
Overall, the hotel was a great value and a comfortable place to stay for several nights. Be prepared for smaller rooms/space to store clothes but don't forget to bring your swimsuits!
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- HARMONY AND LUXURY IN THE HEART OF PARIS A distinctive atmosphere dedicated to opera and ballet, right in the centre of the French capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Metropole Opera Hotel Paris
- Residence Metropole Opera Paris