The Hotel Lumen is a dream; I could not have wished for a more lovely room, or a more desirable location, for my first trip to Paris!
Though I had few interactions with the staff members, they were all very professional, polite and helpful. (I usually went out early, and returned late.) My room was not quite ready, upon my early arrival, but the desk clerk was beyond helpful in taking care of my bags and giving me directions. When my room was ready, I found it well worth the wait, and I enjoyed the complimentary bottle of wine, after my long day of traveling and sight-seeing. During my four-night stay, I did have a problem with one of the panels in my bathroom ceiling coming loose on one side. Not only was it repaired, promptly, but one of the staff members went out of his way to make sure the repair was satisfactory, when he saw me returning to the hotel that afternoon. Upon my departure, the young woman at the desk gave me a bottle of water and a packaged refreshment towel.
The hotel is a delightful blend of old world charm and contemporary elegance. To be honest, I was a little concerned with some of the online photos, thinking some of the unusual furnishings might be a bit too "quirky" for my taste, but it turned out to be uniquely beautiful.
My room was exquisite. I would have never imagined I would appreciate a room that was predominately shades of gray, but it was one of the most beautiful hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. I don't know why some have complained about the lighting, as I found that to be one of the best features of the hotel. I loved the way the hall lights would magically come on, as I stepped into the hallway, and I could accomplish any degree of lighting I desired in the room, from very dim to reading level. The bed was very luxurious and comfortable. With the mini-bar/fridge and safe in the closet, storage space in the room was minimal, but I was happy keeping my folded clothes in my suitcase.
The bathroom was incredible! It was entirely granite, with a rainfall showerhead, a handheld shower attachment and a full-size tub. There was plenty of water pressure and the hot water was fast to come. (Be careful, if adjusting during your shower, as it gets very hot!) Yes, there is an issue with water splattering on the floor, when showering, (as many others have mentioned), but it's really not a big deal. The towels were very nice, as were the robe and slippers that were provided. I thought the storage under the sink and above the commode were more than adequate.
Even though the restaurant (Oscar) was closed for dinner, due to the fact that many Parisians take their own holidays in August, they did have breakfast. I am not one to eat a large breakfast, and I was always eager to get out and about, so I did not dine there. I did peek in, one morning and, like everything else at the Lumen, it looked lovely.
To be able to wake up in the heart of Paris, just blocks from the Louvre and many other amazing locations, was an enjoyable experience I will never forget. As a woman traveling alone, I felt very safe and comfortable, even coming in to the hotel very late at night. I really cannot say enough about this charming hotel. Yes, it's a bit expensive, though not as expensive as some others in the same area, and the location, security, and comfort make it worth every penny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant designer boutique hotel situated in the most sought-after area of Paris, the Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre is just a stone’s throw away from the Louvre, the Place Vendôme and the Opera House. Located on the corner of Rue Saint Honoré, a fashionable Paris shopping boulevard, the hotel is “the place to be,” either for a business trip, a romantic getaway, a shopping excursion or an entertaining evening in the City of Lights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lumen Hotel Paris