The location of this hotel is phenomenal if you love to shop! Paris is a confusing city to navigate (even with a map) but as long as you ask the locals "can you tell me where Printemps or Galeries Lafayette is?" you will always be able to find your way back to the hotel! The personnel at the front desk were nice, the room was nice, the shower was powerful (just remember to put two towels on the floor to mop up the water that spills out the shower door ... even with the glass doors, water still escapes and huge puddles will form if you don't have the towels on the floor). There's a safety deposit box in the rooms, but you have to leave 50 euros at the front desk before they'll give you the key to it (you get the 50 euros back when you return the key at check-out ... I suggest you use this to put your passports and extra money in there). The bed was comfortable, the breakfast buffet was good (3 types of fresh juice, cold cuts, cheese, hard boiled eggs, 3 types of bread, toaster, yogurt, pastries, jams, fruit, fruit cups, melba toast, babel cheese, coffee, tea, hot chocolate). Cafes are expensive in Paris, so I suggest that you gorge yourself at breakfast. so that you're not hungry at noon and then have an early dinner (4 or 4:30pm) and perhaps have a snack at 8'ish or so. When you get to the room, there's a little box of complimentary chocolates for you (courtesy of the manager) to welcome you to the hotel, which is a thoughtful gesture on management's part.
We paid 228 euro a night (free breakfast included), which is about $300 US. That's more than what I'm used to paying for a hotel room, but apparently, this is a bargain rate for the location and type of room in Paris. The location is like Times Square in Manhattan or Yonge/Bloor in Toronto. I wanted a hotel in a safe location, one that was clean and with a powerful shower (not just a tub) and this hotel fit the bill perfectly.
I would 100% stay at this hotel again and highly recommend it to anyone who has high standards and wants a hotel similar to what you would find in North America (albeit a pricey one).
Check the thermostat before you go to bed though. We thought the room was FREEZING at night (even though the thermostat said 32 degrees celcius (90 degrees fahrenheit), it sure didn't feel like it). If the thermostat shows a picture of a snowflake on it, you're going to be shivering all night!
Best Western Hotel Sydney Opera ... I miss you already and once I save up enough money, I'll return to you soon!