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“quirky fun” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Crayon by Elegancia
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   25 rue du Bouloi | 1st Arr., 75001 Paris, France (Louvre / Palais-Royal)   |  
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Ranked #155 of 1,794 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“quirky fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

the hotel itself is tiny but has a lovely design theme from when you enter the hotel lobby, reception and breakfast area. It pokes fun at its name sake and this continues when you enter the tiny lift that transports you to your room. Although the rooms are small, they are well appointed. The hotel is well positioned which gives good access to some of the more popular sights in Paris.

Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends
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DirectionCrayon, Directrice at Hotel Crayon by Elegancia, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Dear Mike S,
Thank you for having chosen our lovely guesthouse/ hotel for your visit in Paris!
You are right, spaces are quite small, and we will never hide this!
Our guests love to come to the Crayon for this special and unique colorful ambiance!
We wish to welcome you again next time.
Warmest regards from Paris
Fiora and the Crayon Team
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Porto, Portugal
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all the location could not be better, short walk away from the louvre area, and the metro is easily accessible. The decoration of the hotel is wonderful full of vibrant colors. Room cleanliness is good. Breakfast is weal served.
The only con is the rooms on the 6th floor. No direct elevator, only to the 5th and you have to step up some tight stairs.

Room Tip: Avoid the 6th floor. Elevator only goes up to the 5th
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectionCrayon, Directrice at Hotel Crayon by Elegancia, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear PedTrigo,
We are delighted that you have spent a nice stay at the Crayon! We hope to welcome you back soon!
Next time, you should try the Crayon Rouge which is only a few steps from the Crayon, and the elevator goes up to the last floor!
Warmest regards,
Fiora and the entire team Crayon/ Crayon Rouge
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Vigo, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place itself, the rehabilitation of the building, the staff and the amenities were good, the honesty bar is also a good concept; but tiny spaces are not a synomym of comfort, and french products are better than the ones they gave us for breakfast: bread, croissant, cheese, foie gras, etc.

Last summer, my friend gave a magnific present to me: we´d be in Paris (from Galicia-Spain) to see our common friend dancing with the San Francisco Ballet in the Théatre du Châtelet. She planned all very carefully, and -to give a really special surprise- she choose the 'Crayon' hotel, close to everything, in what seemed to reign young spirit with attention to details and with a name that announces some kind of things, like the promised great vault below which we could take breakfast.

We both knew Paris, and we know french products and cuisine, it means that we are a very demanding guests; also, we are related with architecture, and the best ways of improve an existing space. Our criticism tries to be constructive.

Rooms could be better distributed, with furniture made in-situ; distribution of the 'cella' in what guests have breakfast could be better to avoid problems in service, and products could be these products that we know really are french: nobody makes bakery (holy butter) and cheese as they do, please, they have to give it to the guests!

Authenticity is what we expected from a hotel named 'Crayon' in center Paris, belonging to these rank of hotels, and it is not exactly what we got.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DirectionCrayon, Directrice at Hotel Crayon by Elegancia, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Iria S,
Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. I am not sure I understand all the critics, but please note that since your stay in July, we have made some improvements at the Crayon Rouge!
We hope to convince you for your next travel to Paris,
Best regards
Fiora and the entire team
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Perth
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff were very helpful and welcoming to us on our arrival to Paris. It is close to Les Halles Metro station and surrounded by some great restaurants. Short walk to the Lourve and Palais Royale. Our room was small but comfortable and clean. The continental breakfast was great and quick, the honesty bar was a great idea but i was surprised to be charged for a cup of tea (free in every other hotel we have ever stayed in).

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DirectionCrayon, Directrice at Hotel Crayon by Elegancia, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Bonjour Jessi_belle!

A huge thank for your comment on Tripadvisor!
Thank you also for mentioning the warmness of our team... It means a lot to us.

Concerning coffee and tea, it is a good idea... I wish I could afford to offer this to every guest!
My only way would be to lower the quality of our drinks, and/or to choose another brand than Nespresso.

We wish to see you again soon at the Crayon or at the Crayon Rouge!

Warmest regards

Fiora and the entire team
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Munich, Germany
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Location, you get everywhere in a short period of time, woking or with the Tube. The hotel has a nice style in the Lobby and the staff speaks English.

The rooms are extremely small and you can hear everything what your neighbors are doing in the other room.. I mean everything! Plus you here all what happens on the street. Although its a quite street you don't get away from the cleaning truck early morning followed by the garbage truck 1 hour later. The room was so small we needed to jump over our carry-on bags! To get to the toilet. The hotel was nice, the rooms ok but for the price, even in Paris, you can do better than that. Sorry guys but the fancy Photos in this portal are from the common areas and the best room but they do not reflect the quality of the normal rooms.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DirectionCrayon, Directrice at Hotel Crayon by Elegancia, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Dear Chiquis88,

Thank you for taking the time to review our unique and small hotel Crayon.
Even if I feel sorry that you were disapointed with your stay, it shows that our ranking and our feedback is all true.

True: our rooms are quite small - it is Paris -center- next to the Louvre and Les Halles. Buildings in this areas are old and were born centuries ago; and this is not something we can change.
Please note that size is not what really matters in any Elegancia hotels... The concept, the unique feeling, and the quality of service is why you would come at the Crayon. You can find the biggest place; but with no service nor ambiance, you would never go back. What I deeply regret, is that my team failed to make you understand our philosophy.

Also I do not really understand why you have mentionned our good location on your first sentence, and have hardly rated them. Maybe because you have stayed here in August and we trend to forget good points with time.

A part of the team, and the direction, has changed in the meantime... It would be a challenge to show you the real Crayon anytime.

Best regard from wintery Paris

Fiora and the entire Crayon team
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The hotel is fairly unassuming but the welcome is warm and the room was amazingly big for Paris (we had the junior suite). Breakfast was fab, a vast choice of help yourself cold meats, croissants and breads in a chilled comfortable environment.

Location wise the Hotel is right on top of the Louvre Museum and, if your fairly fit, within walking distance of the rest of Paris.

Actually, don't go, I want to be able to book the room again whenever I want it.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DirectionCrayon, Directrice at Hotel Crayon by Elegancia, responded to this review, January 21, 2015
Bonjour Ian R!
What a nice comment... It is a pleasure to see that even for month after, the Crayon Rouge has left you this lovely souvenir of Paris!
By the way, French for "really really good" would be "très très bon" or simply "sensationnel"
Merci et à très bientôt!
Fiora and the entire Crayon/ Crayon Rouge Team
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Friendly comfortable hotel in a convenient, calm location. Great for tourists or Business travellers with easy access to restaurants, shops and attractions in the 1er arrondisement of Paris. Recommended.

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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectionCrayon, Directrice at Hotel Crayon by Elegancia, responded to this review, January 19, 2015
Bonsoir Reyes_2012!
Short, precise, straight to the point... I love that!
Un grand merci...
Warmest regards from our coldly Paris
Fiora and the entire team
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Address: 25 rue du Bouloi | 1st Arr., 75001 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Louvre / Palais-Royal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#73 Family Hotel in Paris
#118 Business Hotel in Paris
#271 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Crayon by Elegancia 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This comfortable hotel has more of a guest-house atmosphere with its colourful pop art decor and designer style. The Crayon is a special sort of guest-house: the residence of a Parisian artist who invites you to enjoy a very colourful stay! ... more   less 
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