Chosen by me for our wedding anniversary based on its incredible TripAdvisor ranking, the 123 Sebastopol had a lot to live up to. Could such a new property possibly justify it's 2nd out of 1756 Paris hotels position at the time I was booking? Worth checking out I thought.
From the moment we arrived earlier this week I was utterly impressed - position, appearance and an absolutely superb welcome from the passionate team at the front desk. The hotel follows a film theme and rooms are decorated accordingly. Fun and unusual. The lobby area is spotlessly clean, staff uniforms are unusual but hugely appropriate and special attention has been paid to lighting and furniture all of which support fully the film business message.
Our room was everything I'd hoped for, immaculate, well laid out with a fun and fully provisioned bathroom and even a mini bar which offers it's initial stock free of charge. There is a welcome buffet area off the lobby offering complimentary snacks and soft drink options throughout the day and evening - a thoroughly thoughtful and welcome addition to any stay. Breakfast is superb with huge variety and the freshest freshly squeezed orange juice you'll get anywhere served by utterly charming members of the team who care about nothing else than providing the most friendly and energising start to the day. Passion !
Whilst the infrastructure of 123 Sebastopol scores really very highly indeed providing a quirky but perfectly balanced package for even the most well seasoned traveller it is probably the staff who make the real difference. From impeccably trained cleaners through waiting staff, the reception team and ultimately the management team and wonderfully charismatic General Manager you simply cannot fail to be impressed by these guys and girls. They are industry leading and must surely have been through the very best hotel school in existence. Charm, huge smiles, warmth and professionalism sum them all up well but it is their tactile passion and the fact that they are obviously well managed and love their roles which really sets them apart. Quite amazing..... and that's from a battle hardened senior executive that's travelled globally for > 30 years staying in the best (and sometimes the worst) hotels in the process.
Le 123 Sebastopol should certainly be at the very top of your list if considering a trip to the wonderful and magical city of Paris. It is truly outstanding value for money and couldn't be easier to get to either, being a mere four stops on the metro direct from Gare du Nord.
The team there will I am convinced do everything that's imaginable to continue their superb and entirely deserved review ratings and we will CERTAINLY be back..........something that we do very very rarely with a world to explore. Enjoy.......and our most sincere thanks to all those that make this hotel quite so special. Bravo !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 10 minutes walking distance from the Pompidou Centre, the Opera and the Marais areas, and facing the Gaîté Lyrique Theatre, 123 Sébastopol is the perfect place for an out-of-this-world stay in the heart of Paris.You will be impressed by its top of the range comfort and services and by its unique, movie-inspired design, with each floor dedicated to a French movie celebrity: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claude Lelouch, Danièle Thompson, Jaoui and Bacri , Elsa Zylberstein or the Italian film music star Ennio Morricone.On entering the lobby, you will enter the movie world and be greeted by our highly professional staff, attentive to your every need and on hand 24h/7.With its easy-to-find location, its direct links to all the major tourist attractions in the capital city, its unique décor and its services tailored to suit every visitor, 123 Sébastopol is THE go-to destination in Paris. ... more less
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