This is a small, quiet hotel in a one-way street (you may have to carry luggage to the end of the road, as we did when the taxi couldn't reverse up to us). Inside is small, there's an entrance desk with a very nice, bright-eyed and helpful receptionist/concierge/waiter. Ours checked us in, whilst answering the phone, taking orders for food and booking tickets for another couple, very smoothly; but was still on duty that night and early the next day too! All the reception staff we met were similar: young, very helpful and polite, multilingual, eager to please and extremely busy; even serving in the bar too. The entrance leads directly into the long, narrow bar area, with lots of dark red upholstery: swishy curtains around large mirrors and small squashy stools around low tables (we were reminded of a mini Hotel Coste). It seemed to be orientated to appeal to the 20 something, slightly bohemian guest. The room was small (and I think we were in the largest one there), but it was clean, had good strong, well designed cupboards, and the bathroom was also good quality. There is just a saloon-style door between the bedroom and the bathroom and no loo door, so it's intimate - you can wave from the loo to the bed! It was quiet during the night and the bed was comfortable with good, fresh bed-linen and pillows (no feather or down, it's all man-made fibres, possibly anti-allergy). Two gripes: the Hoovering started, loudly at 8.30 on Saturday morning and every door on the landing was bashed several times - absolutely no chance of sleeping through it. On Sunday it didn't start until after 10, but the cleaner had already walked in unannounced at around 9 (we hand't put out the 'do not disturb" notice). Hammering woke us early on Monday - so maybe we were just unlucky. But the cleaners did seem very keen to get us up and out (and yet were still cleaning the room each time we returned mid-afternoon and each time asked us to go downstairs and wait for 15-20 mins.) The second gripe was the breakfast. It was all good quality, but for the cost, it was meagre, (photo below of what came for 36 Euros): a single cup of coffee each - no pot for top-ups(!), one fruit juice, a small dish of chopped fruit, two semi-thawed apricots, two slices of toast, two pieces of baguette, but just one croissant to fight over! There was a plate of meat, but we're vegetarian. We had asked for a full continental for two. (We ordered tea for three in the bar another day, and again, it was a single cup of tea each (served in 3 very small teapots!). A jug of milk and another of hot water would have made all the difference and felt much more generous. Overall, it's a good hotel, mostly because the really sweet and charming reception staff work so hard at making it run smoothly, (but I fear they will be worn out fast unless they get some back-up!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exceptional boutique hotel, the Athenee recaptures the romantic charm of 19th century. With its noble materials and luxurious fabrics, it is a showroom of elegance, an exquisite demonstration of refinement and ultra-modern comfort combined. Friendly, attentive staff, top quality services, and a delightfully relaxed atmosphere are the trademarks of this beautiful boutique hotel.Decorated by the famous Jacques Garcia as "the largest of the small luxury hotels", it stands in the heart of one of Paris' most beautiful neighborhoods, making it the perfect destination for an unforgettable stay in the French capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De l Athenee