So, I'm going to start by saying the hotel is absolutely beautiful, and in a great location. It really is lovely. I also have no major gripes with the hotel, just a collection of small fails that added up to meh, don't stay here again.
I'm not just after a good spot or nice fit out; I actually want my hotel room to work like a hotel room and the staff to get the basics right. So, from the start: I'm a SLH member, and on my read my stay should have entitled us to a free breakfast. I wasn't sure so I asked the staff member. She never got back to me.
Secondly, when we arrived, late-ish in the evening, the lift was broken. So, these things happen, but it stayed broken for three days. No elevator repairpeople in Paris maybe? I normally don't mind taking the stars but after a full day of walking around the city, three flights of stairs was not appealing.
Thirdly, the first day we got back and walked up three flights of stairs, neither of our cards worked to let us into the room. So, back down we go. The apology was perfunctory, but then we get told, 'this only happens when you have your cards near your mobile.' Now, I didn't and my husband's wasn't close in his bag. Tthis was clearly receptionist code for 'it's your fault'. Giving the recptionist the benefit of the doubt, the next day I kept my card next to my phone. Like, strapped to it with a elastic band. Guess what? It worked. What will stop both cards working though is your receptionist coding them wrong in the first place.
Fourth - and this is really the only thing that should stop you staying here - the bath is a bit of a death trap. It's shower over bath, not the safest arrangement but not an uncommon one. However it's also elevated, and it has a screen that covers three-quarters of the bath entry, so you have to step up and you step only the slanting part of the bath. No handles, and the water goes everywhere so it's slippery. I'm youngish and reasonably nimble, so not a problem for me, but it's the sort of bath care workers look at in people's houses and recommend nursing homes, because it's a broken hip waiting to happen.
So overall, pretty but not practical. There's any number of expensive hotels in Paris, and next time I'm trying another one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1723 by Pierre Perrin, the Sun King's secretary, this elegant building was in turn a private residence and a seat of government, then in 1842 the embassy of the young Republic of Texas whose independence France was the first to recognise. The square is named from the fact that n°1 was the site of the former Vendome family residence. Three centuries of art, culture and elegance make it a unique address in Paris. Today the place Vendome is the temple of Parisian jewellery, and gives onto Paris's most brilliant quartier, with its haute couture, antique dealers, art galleries, the Opera and the Louvre museum. The Hotel de Vendome is thus a unique jewel, on a par with all the precious stones in the vicinity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Vendome Hotel
- De Vendome Paris
- Hotel Vendome Paris