I stayed at the Ambassadeur Hotel as part of a tour we were on, so we had no choice in staying there. However, literally every other hotel we stayed at around Europe beat it, even (dare I say) the seedy one in Amsterdam! I'm no princess - I've travelled extensively all over the world, through places like India - and I'm no stranger to dodgy hotels. Ambassadeur was bearable, but in a place like Paris, I honestly expected better, and next time when travelling without a tour group and have the choice, would not stay there again.
Getting into the lift was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. It literally bounced up and down when we stepped inside and I made sure to take the stairs after that - despite having to carry very heavy bags!
The hotel honestly looks like it's falling apart. The stairwells are filthy, stained and paint is flaking off the walls. Carpet is coming off everywhere to the point where in some parts, it looks like people have just ripped the place apart with their bare hands.
The rooms aren't much better - thankfully the bathroom was pretty clean, the bed sheets seemed fine, but the bed spread felt grimy and disgusting - so much so I wouldn't even want to sit on them and wouldn't be surprised if they hadn't been cleaned in a LONG time. I was also surprised that the cupboards were still standing. We hardly had any room and it was just a depressing place to be in, so we literally only went back to our room to sleep. Unfortunately you could hear through to other rooms through the walls, ceilings and floors as well. We also had a terrible view, literally into other rooms and some horrible water tank or something, but it was merely a place to sleep for us so we didn't really care.
Our shower was the most annoying thing ever. There was hardly any room inside it, and if the shower water pressure was not on full blast, the heavy shower head would fail to stay up on the hanger and crack you in the head. Since there is hardly any room in the shower to move, whenever you even move slightly it is extremely likely that your body will knock the flimsy handle tap which will obviously turn down/off the water pressure and you'll get a heavy metal shower head plummeting down into your face. This happened so many times to me no matter how careful I was that I eventually just gave up.
The photos of the rooms on the website make it look much better than they actually are, which is unfortunate because they look pretty plain and uncomfortable to begin with.
They are currently also renovating the hotel it seems, so hopefully it will improve in the future.
Breakfast was simple but nice, croissants, cheese and other assorted food that isn't anything to write home about but was fresh and enjoyable, and probably the biggest "plus" about this hotel.
The staff at the front desk were generally friendly and helpful, the cleaners and housekeepers not so much. But once again, we avoided being in the hotel as much as possible, so I don't have much more to say about it.
The only other plus is that the location isn't too bad, quite close to everything you'd want to be near, and there is a metro station close as well which is nice.
All and all, not a great place to stay that I wouldn't stay at again when returning to Paris.
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