I’ve always considered this hotel/property as a global benchmark for a 4-star high-class business hotel. Comfortable, extremely well located, great breakfast, and welcoming staff. Yes, the rooms and lobby may have been a bit old fashioned, but never worn down. Perhaps sprucing up the bathrooms and broken CD players would have been all that would be needed. But instead, the building is in the midst of completing a top-to-bottom renovation, and while I’m overall pleased with the result, some of me still misses the homely atmosphere of the old 14, rue Beaujon.
Let’s start with the good parts: rooms now have new Bose radios and TVs with great selection of programs, including my favourite option of internet radio from around the world. There is now complete in-room coffee and tea service, with espresso machine and large selection of premium tea bags. And there are 4 bottles of Evian provided gratis. I think that in this day and age, no proper hotel at this price/service point has any excuse not providing these items as part of their product, and in this manner, Sofitel ADC both excels and remains my benchmark. As usual, the bed is superb, and I would rate Sofitel’s mattresses as consistently the most comfortable of any chain hotel I've stayed in. In addition, there is now a rainshower with a large showering cabin, though my showerhead was a bit dinky, with low pressure and spray directions all over the place.
But … The design is a bit too modern and edgy for my taste. I have no problem with new style in general, and when done right, can actually be inspiring, but I think it’s been taken a bit too far in this case. I feel the room décor to be a bit too space-age, and the concept of putting the sink as an island in the middle of the room, separating the shower and bed, is a bit disconcerting. Also, the toilet is located right near the door entrance, the last place I’d look for it. I also think that they made the materially rooms smaller, though I can’t be sure if I’m just confused by the new layout.
Finally, the hallway carpet outside the room is purple/brown in colour, has a quasi leopard-skin print, and is lighted with fluorescents. Not classy in my view. The lobby revamp is a bit more successful and breakfast is still well supplied, though has increased in price by EUR7. Have they also removed an elevator? There use to be two small lifts, and now we’re left with one, which could be a serious bottleneck at peak checkout times.
Even with this critique, I have not seen any other combination of value, location, service, and product in central Paris, and will continue to keep this as my first choice when looking for lodging in the city.