Holiday Inn Notre Dame Paris—Room 205—Dates of Stay 6-8 January 2011
We arrived around 3 pm, 15h, and were promptly greeted as Platinum members. I was upgraded to an executive room with King Sized Bed and Sofa Bed. My booking was with points for a room with two twin beds. There was a large flat screen tv with many channels-mostly French but with news channels in English, French, and Arabic. There was one Spanish channel but no German channels. There was a work desk with outlets and plug in for internet cable, a lamp and chair, and a small round table between bed and desk. There was a minibar with items fairly priced for large city, but we only used it to keep some sandwiches and a soft drink. One had to put key in slot by door for electricity. The heat and a/c were individually controlled and both worked in January. We needed air since we couldn’t open windows, and it was muggy. We didn’t unfold sofa bed so no comments on its comfort. There was a small swiveling chair in corner by window. There were two bedside tables: one with phone and both with stereo speakers. All lights could be controlled from each bedside and from entry, but oddly enough, not from bathroom or desk even for those lights. There was a closet with hangers and decent sized safe. There was an area between bureau and refrigerator with several ledges, two of which had kettle and supplies for tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Bathroom had toilet, sink, and shower. Shower had rain head plus side sprays and a shower cord. Pressure was low if using more than one. Sink had weird control that made it hard to determine if hot or cold. Water pressure varied with temperature, but the quality was good. Toilet flushed very well and was used often since both of us were sick from too much raw seafood and fish in Marseille-I think one must have to develop the stomach for the many sea creatures. For this reason, we never ate breakfast so can’t comment except to say buffet was 19 euros and continental breakfast in bar was 9 euros. One major issue with bathroom was no shelving and no ledges. We had to use work desk for our toiletries and such. Sofa made room cramped. I guess if it had not been an executive room, then there would have been no sofa bed, no safe, and no minibar, but I think the only difference was those items in the same sized room thus too much furniture in room. Room was quiet for most part-we were on 2nd floor with traffic on Rue Denton outside, but there were double windows-one could be opened by firefighters in case of emergency, but no real view except street. The first morning, they tried to enter room to check mini bar even though sign on door to not enter!
Since my notebook computer had no connection for internet cable, I was told I could purchase wifi for 5 euros/24 hour period but could only use in bar/lobby area. The cable at the lowest speed was the same as the wifi pricewise. Being the curious doubter than I am, I left my computer on and returned to my room after checking my email in the lobby, and it worked perfectly so I used the wifi in my room the rest of the time. I did have to get another password the second day. Hotel has observation deck which offers many great views of taller monuments in Paris such as Sacre Couer, the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, Notre Dame, etc. It was cloudy the night we went up but still beautiful.
Staff made up mostly of young, handsome men who provided great service, spoke great English, but who always seemed to be on the phone so you had to wait 10-30 seconds each time. A wake–up call was requested the last morning and personally received on time-no recording. There were plenty of towels including two large ones. Since we were both sick, we slept until noon and didn’t leave the room until 2 pm the first day except I did make a quick jaunt to the post office 100m away from the hotel (right out the door of hotel) on Rue Danton towards Odeon. We left the Do Not Disturb sign on door until we left, but when we returned 2 ½ hours later, the room had not been cleaned. The young man at the front desk said our sign had been on the door until the past hour, but I said that it had been off since just before 2 pm. He said they would still clean our room, and I asked how late that could be done. He didn’t provide specifics so I requested 7 pm since we had a dinner reservation just after then. He said no problem, we stopped by to reconfirm as we were leaving, and the room was cleaned with completely restocked supplies and towels on our return 2 ½ hours later. We received two bar coupons because of my Platinum status but did not use since we were sick most of the time. Check out was smooth and accurate. There was a young lady there then, and we conversed entirely in French. The young men almost always responded in English. The lobby was spacious and clean with the bar, but as I said, we didn’t use our drink coupons.
In summary, the location can’t be beat! I am only giving it a 4 because the room was cramped, the lack of shelving in bathroom, the ignoring of the “We’re sleeping” sign, etc. I found the hotel to be priced higher than it deserved, although I used points and only had to pay 10 euros at checkout for the 2 days of internet usage, which should have been free to Platinum Priority Club member. I probably wouldn’t stay here if I had to pay the rates I saw on line. Points come in handy at times! If I were staying in that area of town and paying, I would stay elsewhere to get more for less.
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