Personalized service, comfy bed, Tour Eiffel view, and a great air conditioner! Super CLEAN!
Don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write this review, probably denial that I won’t be going back to Paris for a while! We spent 8 great nights in May/June 2012 at the Hotel Paris France for our 30th wedding anniversary trip to Paris. It was amazing!! Ahh, Je t’aime Paris! I'll thank TripAdvisor now for feeding my obsessive nature of trying to research a hotel that would suit my expensive taste, but limited budget. TripAdvisor's options coupled with some other review sites led me to find the Hotel Paris France, Paris France... the place so nice they named it twice. Sorry NY, NY. Anyway, I spent forever researching the neighborhoods (arondissements) and had a specific set of unrealistic requirements I needed in a neighborhood and hotel. It would be tough from what I had read about prices, and rooms in Paris.
My Must Have list included :
A/C in the room; must be under $200 per night; must have good ratings on TA; must be in arrondissment 1-4 and very close to a metro; must have real double/queen bed, not two twins stuck together; must have a nice bathroom/shower area.
All of my requirements were met beautifully by the Hotel Paris France - which I never thought I'd find that in a two star hotel. So, as many others have indicated on this site - I'll def give them 3 stars.
Now, to why they get more like 3+ stars in my book. My husband and I got married in 1982 and were celebrating our 30th on this trip. When looking through the TA hotel forums I saw a room recommendation at Hotel Paris France for room 82 - this was after I had booked directly with the hotel's website and recvd a good rate for superior double - $140/nt. So, on a romantic whim, I emailed the hotel, en francais, with an actual room number request, for room 82, the year of our wedding. Now, most of the time you try to request a room, and a hotel will say, we'll try, but it’s usually first come, first served. Ms. Christelle, from the Hotel ParisFrance, emailed me back within 12 hours and was delighted to confirm my request for room 82! Yay! Another traveler had shared actual pictures of the room so I felt like I knew what I was getting. I knew it was on the 8th floor and the elevator was tiny and only went 7th floor and then you walk to your room, no biggie. I did not know how well the A/C worked until two days after we arrived when the helpful front desk clerk Hervé showed us how to turn it on : ). Note, dear Hervé had dutifully given us instructions on the A/C at ck in, which we were apparently too jet lagged to understand, despite his perfect Anglais : ) - Love you Hervé and Christelle, along with all the other nice employees! We had breakfast at the hotel each day - 12 euro extra and although tasty, well good enough – not the flakiest croissant around, but darn worth the time saving of going somewhere. If you get hungry in a couple of hours, there’s a croissant on every corner. Breakfast room was clean and efficient with plenty of room, coffee was delish, strong and plentiful.
Bed at the hotel was quite comfortable – 4 big pillows, nice, crisp, very clean white cotton duvet and sheets. Bathroom was very roomy and had to have been redone within the last few years and extremely clean. Nice tile, top to bottom, tub with shower handled spout. Hair dryer worked great. But the main deal was the CENTRAL Air Conditioner! Not some crappy window unit like the Holiday Inn in Little Rock or anywhere really, that blasts away annoyingly and wakes you up all night. This A/C was like butttah… so quiet and cool. Because in Paris, the metro is dandy, but the crowds in summer are hot and sticky and there is nothing but stifling heat in the public areas, don’t get me started on how hot it is in each toilet – just hold it til you get back to the room, really. I think all the French people wait.
Location, who does not want to stay in the Marais! Easy access to anywhere and everywhere walking or short metro hops. The Temple metro station is less than a 1 minute stroll and has excellent connections to everywhere, or you can walk north 5 minutes and be at Metro République which is a large hub station.
I’m including pics of hotel room to help others who like myself has cavier taste on a hot dog budget. Enjoy and look at the rest of reviews if you want some good tips on metro, neighborhoods, restaurants, must sees, etc.
Room 82 - Eiffel View - church bell outside your window - don't worry doesn't ring til 9am!
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