The hotel was just fine. I have to preface by saying I am EXTREMELY picky, so the things that are concerns of mine are usually not a issue for most. I will also say that I generally like to stay in places that are in fact very touristy...I'm a New Yorker and feel most comfortable in the chaos.
All that being said, my thoughts: The location is just off the beaten track. Its north of the Opera by a few blocks on a quiet street. Felt more like going back to our apartment than our hotel. Its also just south of the Moulin Rouge area, which is pretty seedy. If you were the type that might rent an apartment locally, but like someone making the bed every day, this is a spot for you. The rooms were not as small as I expected and comfortable for two people. Unlike the elevator, which was 1 person at a time deal. The hotel was well kept, and given the size and the fact that it was sold out, never felt claustophobic. I do think they use a few weeks of airing out. It rained each night and there was a damp feeling all the time. Also note the A/C was off for the season, so we couldn't dry it out. We stayed in a room with a tub which was great. Definitely go with the tub over just a shower, the bathroom is slightly bigger, and its easier to keep the whole room from getting wet! I requested a room on the 1st floor (technically the second, ground floor is 0), and there was a pretty awful view intot the sky light over the breakfast room, but I opt the bad view over the steep walk up the spiral stairs any extra flights.
We aren't big breakfast eaters so didn't eat in the hotel, but it looked fine and each morning every table was taken. We did like the all day snack bar, for grabbig a juice on the way out and water at the end of the night. There is a small cafe at the end of the street that the front desk recommends (apparently to everyone as every time we passed someone fromt he hotel was there)...if you speak, well, go for it. If you don't, the staff there unfortuately justifies the rude reputation of the French. Head down towards the Opera, where while its more expensive and touristy at least the waitstaff are helpful.
I would definitley recommend the property for the right traveler.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing at an unconventional spot of the upper 9th district, the Joyce Hotel is ideally located at the crossroads of the theater district, Place St-Georges, and the "hot-spots" of the fashionable South-Pigalle neighborhood. Maliciously decorated by Philippe Maidenberg, with nods to inevitable Parisian monuments, our hotel will seduce you with its comfort and bold design. Luxury car furniture recycled as improvised seats, inverted Eiffel Tower, delicate tromple-l'oeil paintings around beds, breakfast with bio breads and cereals under a very Eiffel-like glass roof: Everything is ready to usher you into a fun and surprising world. Our 44 rooms are full of thoughtful and delicate touches that add to the cosiness of the place. All rooms feature a quiet atmosphere, strengthened in some cases with a terrace or an enchanting view over the rooftops. Our team, available 24/24, will welcome you into a chic and relaxing atmosphere, while advising you on the top attractions of a perfect stay Find design rooms filled with art works and indulge in a burst of merriment and fresh air in the capital ... ... more less
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