I won't keep you in the dark for long about this cryptic title.
It is all about the television screen which is (at least for me) really top technology. Not so much for the screen itself (which is very good) but more for the connectivity part.
You can install an app on your iphone and operate the TV from there. This includes consulting your bill, selecting the TV channel, streaming your own movies from your PC or choosing a free (!) movie. The last one is not unlike the selection you have in business class on a long distance flight. Although the remote control does the trick as good as anything else, I can imaging that some of the freaks out there might find this pretty cool. For me the most refreshing novalty was the free choice amongst an acceptable selection of movies. Going from some old classics to a few more recent ones.
Now this is not really what you go to a hotel for. So what else can you expect ?
First : location. Litarelly at the foot of the Eiffel tower which is still quite central. Close to the museum "Quai d'Orsay", for me the museaum with the most beautiful paintings in the world (the impressionists are all there - oh yes, if you are a Mr Bean fan go there and look for the "Whistler's Mother". Notre Dame and the Champs Elysées are still within walking distance.
The rooms are spacious (not a given in Paris) but a bit unpersonnal. The beds are comfortable. The bathroom had a bath tub, serving also as a shower. The toilet is in the bathroom. There were no bathrobes. There is a spacious wardrobe, safe and minibar with a very limited selection.
Very good point : there are ample electricity plugs to get all your devices charged during the night. There is a free wifi option which worked well during my stay (which seemed to be a low season moment) but in case you would experience problems, there is also a paying option which I haven't tried as the free one was adequate.
The breakfast was quite extensive. Not a typical French one with a croissant and jam. There is also the classical buffet with eggs and bacon, a selection of cheese and meat, a chef to prepare the omelet of your dreams, the healthy stuff (yoghurt, fresh fruit), the sweet selection (Danish pastries), etc ... The breakfast room is quite small but your are guided to your table by the person at the entrance, which I always appreciate. I wonder though how they do it when the hotel is full. I understand that they have additional rooms they open up for the breakfast so I guess that will work out well. As the number of tables is limited (and that is always the case as they open only as many rooms as they feel fit) there is a (slight) tendency to remove your plates even when you don't feel ready yet. (My plate and coffee were removed while I went to the buffet to grab something else).
There is a restaurant which also contains the bar. While I did have a drink in the bar, I can't comment on the restaurant. The combined setting (restaurant-bar) remains a bit weird to me.
If you want to sit in the lobby while waiting for a colleague or friend to arive, there are only a very limited number of seats.
The reception is an open setting. the receptionists are standing around a group of tables and one has to stand next to them while they are doing their administrative work. OK but I like the distance of a traditional setting. As a consequence, when they are not attending a guest, they are satnding in the lobby which makes you feel "watched".
While I was overall very happy with the service and the accomodation, I give it a rating of 4 because I want to keep the 5 for the exceptional wow experience. This hotel is more the no frills business type of hotel where some extras in the room (like a bathrobe) could be appreciated.
For those who have been to Paris before but not recently. This hotel used to be part of the Hilton chain. However at that time if you wnated to Google for Hilton and Paris, some other links popped up in front :-) .....
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