This hotel is in desperate need of a renovation -- and they had one planned, but it now appears they've changed the schedule. They announced they would be closing October 1, 2013, for five months for a full renovation, but the announcement is no longer on the website, and they appear to be booking for Oct-Dec. Perhaps they are renovating floor-by-floor.
Be certain you are placed in a renovated room; their pricing seems to have increased significantly, so ensure that you are receiving at least a decent room with a view, for the increased price. We anticipated a view of the Tower, based on their website's promises, but were disappointed. We had a view of the buildings across the street. One room was large and airy, had a refrigerator, a large shower, a large bath and a separate WC. The other room had no room to walk in, no room for our luggage, no fridge, a shower we had to cower in, no bath, and mold. Unfortunately, the poor quality room was the one we had for six nights; we only got the nicer room when additional family members joined us for the last two nights.
The location is okay -- close to the Metro and the Eiffel Tower -- but the hotel itself is very tired, the restaurant was closed, and the very friendly staff others wrote about seem to have moved on.
Unless you really want immediate access to your rooms after breakfast, do not book breakfast with your room. There are lots of lovely cafes just down the street, and the breakfast is quite pricey for what they offer. You always can opt to eat there, and charge the breakfast to your room. There's a market a few doors away which offers food and beverages at very reasonable prices. Be sure to visit the basement, where the majority of fresh food is offered.
Don't count on Internet access except in the middle of the day, or in the lobby lounge, which offers hard-wired systems for guest use. Wireless service is extremely spotty, and simply stops when demand is high. You have to wait for someone to log off before you can log in.
- Also Known As:
- La Bourdonnais Hotel
- Hotel De La Bourdonnais
- La Bourdonnais Paris
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