The Relais Médicis couldn't be better situated just across from the Odeon theatre and the Luxembourg Gardens. From here almost every museum is walking distance; Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Musée Cluny, Sainte Chapelle, Pantheon. We even walked to the Arc de Triomphe from here.
So the hotel: The first thing to catch your eye as you walk into the hotel reception area will be the bar; a faux bar with a glass shelf stocked with shining bottles of alcohol, but no bar stools and no bar tender and as far as we could tell never open for business, so just there to fill a space in the reception area.
My husband and I spent 8 nights here. Our first 3 nights were in a standard double room that was really tiny even by Paris boutique hotel standards. The bed was double bed with barely enough space for the two of us. A tiny bathroom with a tub and a hand shower, but no shower curtain, so washing my hair without getting water all over the bathroom and even out into the bedroom was almost impossible.
There is a tiny elevator so we had to first send up our luggage and walk up the steps to take the luggage out; though that's not unusual for left bank hotels. After one night the elevator had a notice on the door "Lift not working do not us" and that's the way it stayed for four days.
On our fourth day we moved to a 'superior double' that wasn't much bigger than the one we left. Same size bed, same size bath tub with a hand shower - working elevator.
The room comes with a mini bar, but the one in our room didn't work - by that I mean it didn't cool inside the fridge/mini bar so if we wanted a glass of white wine we would have had to drink it warm. The next day I told the receptionist that the refrigerator in our room didn't work. It did say mini bar on the door of the little fridge but it was a little frigidaire. He said to me "madame that is not a refrigerator that is a mini bar". It felt as though I was in a scene from 'Iinspector Clouseau'. (You fool that's what I am saying) At the end of our stay the frigidaire mini-bar still wasn't working. This hotel is expensive and at 228 Euros per night; I expected a little better.
Breakfast is the usual baguette, croissant, and coffee or tea but saves having to have a croissant and coffee in a café in very expensive Paris.
We love Paris but next time maybe our stay won't be at the hotel Ralais Médicise.
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