It was my last night in Paris before flying to Budapest. My ears had been sore for a few days but now they were roaring. I was staying in the Opera district, a favourite of mine, at the Concorde Opera Hotel. Forget about flying and stay near my surgery the doctor advised, and so the search began. My hotel was full so I needed to find accommodation for two nights. The first property with availability, the Hotel Choiseul-Opera, was a short walk away but the price had me worried – just 69 euros a night – breakfast an extra 13. However Paris hotels were full so it was not a time to argue. I walked to 1 rue Daunou – the hotel is well located close to the Opera House, shopping, bars (including Hemingway favourite, Harry’s Bar) and restaurants. The receptionist was charming and I was soon heading to the second floor and room 206. The lift is small even by Paris standards – just room for me followed by my faithful old Air Canada suitcase. Despite my misgivings the room was fine - good size for a 3 star with a well stacked minibar, small desk with three powerpoints, comfy queen size bed with a lighting master switch either side. The goodies included air conditioning, heated towel rail, full length mirror, safe at face level to make its use simple, and an excellent shower. I was also delighted to find soap and shampoo was provided. Free Wi Fi and a new Philips TV completed the package. Breakfast in the morning with the hotel cat watching on was delicious and filling. As the lift is so small you do tend to use the service stairs and this area is in need or renovation but that will start soon the receptionist assured me.
To conclude: A comfortable, very well located 3 star family style Paris hotel offering real value.
Ian McIntosh is Australia's Senior Traveller
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