We recently spent 5 nights at the Hotel Brighton---- this being our first trip to Paris.
Although the room we had (212) overlooking Rue de Rivoli was nice enough, it was the view of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Jardin Tuileries that was exceptionally memorable. We planned to spend a good deal of time at the Musee D'Orsay (a 10 min walk) and the Louvre (6 min walk) so for us this location was perfect. We also easily strolled from the Hotel Brighton to Napoleon's Tomb, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle. All on our top 10 list of places to visit in Paris.
The room itself was probably on par with a newer Holiday Inn---which meant everything was clean and spacious with lots of storage, an in room safe, desk, large bathroom with separate shower and tub and free wifi. The bed was comfortable, the room was cleaned and toiletries and towels refreshed daily, and we found it very quiet with both sets of French doors closed to the Rue de Rivoli.
But while other hotels can offer all this, it was the tiny "balcony" which allowed you to sit admiring one of the most spectacular views (glass in hand) that was unforgettable. It was something we never tired of any time of the day when we happened to stop in to the room, but the view was especially wonderful in the evening.
We found the all the staff most helpful with luggage, directions and dinner reservations, and after accidentally locking the safe with the wrong code on a Friday, even the manager came in on the weekend to assist us since our flight was leaving Sunday at 7am. The hotel arranged an airport shuttle for us to CDG as well. We could not have asked for more in terms of service.
The breakfast buffet for 16 euros was convenient for a few mornings with yogurt, pastries, cereal, fresh fruit, juices and coffee but you can also eat off site. The restaurants in the area we enjoyed the most in the evening were Chez Flottes, Le Souffle and Louise's Cafe---all within easy walking distance. Just 2 blocks away were convenience stores for snacks or cold drinks.
Yes, the price of 230 euros/night (paid in advance for the rate) was expensive, but we have paid similar prices in New York, London and Rome with no view. This was definitely a room with a view!