I've procrastinated in writing this review, as I wanted to be sure to find a time where I could adequately describe what an incredibly wonderful experience we had at the Hotel Fabric. And truth be told, I kinda want to keep the secret to myself, so that it won't be too difficult to book in the future!
From the moment we arrived, and even beforehand, through our email correspondence, the Hotel Fabric stood out as different from the usual chain hotels we've experienced. For loyalty reasons, we tend to stay in the same two hotel chains whenever possible, but since there weren't good choices for our stay this time around, we chose the Hotel Fabric.
The rooms are absolutely lovely. When I'm in a hotel, my two top priorities are a great comfy bed, and a clean, well functioning bathroom. Hotel Fabric exceeded my expectations in both areas.
We booked one of the triple rooms. The third person sleeps on a convertible armchair that opens into a bed, but if you couldn't see the armchair portion, you would absolutely believe you were on a conventional bed. Our daughter, who had complained multiple times about the sofabed she slept on while we were in London, loved the bed here & had not one single word of complaint about it. Even nicer was the curtain partition that separated her area from the main portion of the room, which provided privacy for all of us.
Now the bathroom. Ah, the bathroom. I seriously can't think of a single area of improvement. The L'Occitane toiletries, the generous shelving for personal items, the double-headed rainshower, the LED backlit tiles, just phenomenal. Very hot water when you need it, and the glass walls meant that the very spacious shower got very steamy, while the bathroom area itself was not.
The unique shelving area provided us with ample room for hanging clothes, storing suitcases, etc. Even with three people in the room, we never felt at all crowded or cramped.
We absolutely loved the fact that our room overlooked the very quiet & green courtyard area. We opened our windows & enjoyed the cool April breezes.
I could go on & on about the room, but I think you get the idea. Now for the rest of the hotel.... I seriously think that I could live here & be a happy girl! The staff was so lovely, greeting us, asking how our day was, etc. We had quite a few times when we needed assistance or had questions, and they were unfailingly helpful & friendly, with none of the reputed snootiness that Parisians supposedly have.
The breakfast was absolutely phenomenal, and we enjoyed it daily. The lady who sets up in the morning (I wish I could remember her name!) was so very sweet, greeting us daily, laughing along with us, etc.
Michael at the front desk deserves an extra shout-out. If you do not speak French & wish to discuss your reservation with someone with excellent English skills, he's your man.
I also wish that I'd gotten the name of the manager, the young lady with the charming accent (perhaps eastern European?). She also was so sweet & helpful.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our five days at the Hotel Fabric, and cannot wait until such time that we're able to visit again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel FABRIC is located between Republique and Bastille in the heart of Paris. This former workshop was transformed into a chic and stylish hotel. The 33 guestrooms are as stylish as they are comfortable. Their decor plays on the dualities which have always enlivened the neighbourhood: graphic shapes and industrial furniture from the factories sit alongside highly colourful, quality fabrics evoking the workers' allotment gardens of the Menilmontant quarter. ... more less
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